81582 - History of Serialisation (1) (LM)

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course aims at retracing the main stages of the history of audiovisual seriality to offer an in-depth view of a complex phenomenon with important consequences on contemporary life. At the end of the course, students: - acquire knowledge about seriality, intended as a mode of cultural production characteristic of the modern age; - know and know how to use the specific vocabulary of seriality studies; - know the main stages and forms of seriality and know how to apply them to different genres and products; - have a reference framework that allows a more conscious evaluation of any innovative aspects of contemporary productions.

Course contents

Seriality and mediality in the history of Italian "giallo"

  • Seriality and genre: a theoretical introduction
  • Theorizing crime fiction
  • The crime genre as a serial genre
  • Italian "giallo" and the poetics of Mediterranean noi
  • Glocalism, transculturality and transmediality in contemporary Italian "giallo"


The list of the readings to prepare for the exam will be published on the dedicated page on virtuale.unibo.it

Bibliografia di riferimento:

  • AA.VV , Giallo italiano, Bianco e Nero n. 587, 2017
  • Rick Altman, Film/Genere, Milano, Vita & Pensiero, 2004
  • Andrea Bernardelli, "Eco e le forme della narrazione seriale", Between, vol. 6, n. 11, 2016, pp. 1-10.
  • Raymond Borde, Etienne Chaumeton, Panorama du film noir, Paris, 1954
  • Luca Crovi, Storia del giallo italiano, Venezia, Marsilio 2020
  • Monica Dall'Asta, Trame spezzate. Archeologia del film seriale, Genova, Le Mani, 2009
  • Leonardo Gandini, Il film noir americano, Torino, Lindau, 2008
  • Kim Toft Hansen, Steven Peacock, Sue Turnbull (eds.), European Television Crime Drama and Beyond, Palgrave McMillan, 2018
  • Jason Mittel, Complex TV. Teoria e tecnica dello storytelling delle serie tv, Roma, Minimum Fax, 2017
  • James Naremore, Film Noir: A Very Short Introduction, New York, Oxford University Press, 2019
  • Federico Pagello, "Dal giallo al crime. Glocalismo, transculturalità e transmedialità nel poliziesco italiano contemporaneo", Mediazioni,2021, pp.30-43.
  • Barbara Pezzotti, Investigating Italy's Past Through Historical Crime Fiction, Films, and TV Series: Murder in the Age of Chaos, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
  • Tzvetan Todorov, "Tipologia del romanzo poliziesco" [1966], in Teoria della prosa, Roma-Napoli, Theoria, 1989
  • Renato Venturelli, L'età del noir. Ombre, incubi e delitti nel cinema americano, 1940-1960, Torino, Einaudi, 2007.
  • Renato Venturelli, Cinema noir americano 1960-2020, Torino, Einaudi, 2020


Teaching methods

Lezioni frontali; presentazioni multimediali con il supporto di slide, audiovisivi e altri strumenti digitali

Assessment methods

The exam will take place in the form of an interview in Italian. Students will be asked to answer a few questions about the program, so as to verify whether they have achieved the foreseen learning outcomes.

Office hours

See the website of Monica Dall'Asta