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The course in brief


Focused on the analysis of literary texts from antiquity to the contemporary age, it is divided into three curricula: Classical, Modern, and Music and Performance. Depending on the curriculum, interest is directed more towards Greek and Latin literatures; Italian literature per se and in relation to foreign literatures; and the relationship between literature, music, theater, cinema and new media.

Learning by doing

"Doing" means reading texts on one's own, or in the seminar and laboratory mode, translating them, interpreting them, comparing them with the writings of scholars who have focused on them. It means formulating and testing hypotheses in constant dialogue with the lecturer.

Studying literary texts means dealing with complexity, honing critical skills, being able to communicate in written and oral form arduous content, recognizing different languages from different eras.

Professional outlets

The study of literary texts, properly framed and interpreted, leads to the acquisition of critical skills and transversal skills (analysis, synthesis, expressive faculties) particularly in demand in the world of work, from the cultural industry to the world of education.

What you will learn

letteratura italiana

analisi e interpretazione dei testi più significativi della letteratura italiana

filologia italiana

perché una stessa poesia di Dante ha un testo diverso a seconda dei manoscritti? Come lavorava Ariosto?

formazione e storia della lingua italiana

nel passaggio dal latino al volgare e la sua evoluzione nelle realizzazioni letterarie e pratiche

letteratura greca

lineamenti essenziali, figure e generi più rilevanti della civiltà letteraria della Grecia antica

letteratura latina

analisi approfondita di storia, temi e testi

critica del testo

come ricostruire le opere antiche nella forma più vicina all'originale, attraverso lo studio di codici e varianti

storia del teatro e dello spettacolo

lezioni, immagini e video, incontri con gli artisti e visione di spettacoli per approfondire i concetti di 'teatro' e 'spettacolo'

storia moderna

un percorso tematico attraverso i secoli, dall'epoca delle grandi esplorazioni fino al periodo della Restaurazione

storia, teoria e critica del cinema

per sviluppare la capacità di analizzare i paradigmi stilistici che ne definiscono l'estetica

Did you know that.

I laboratori contribuiscono alla formazione degli studenti e permettono esperienze di tipo professionalizzante

Il corso partecipa al Progetto matricole

Anche chi non ha studiato le lingue classiche può impararle grazie ai lettorati e ai laboratori

Il corso dà accesso dal curriculum classico alla LM in Scienze dell'antichità, dal curriculum moderno e di musica e spettacolo alla LM in Letterature e moderne e spettacolo

Dai tre curricula si accede anche alla LM in Informazione ed editoria


The course is based on a wide-ranging knowledge of what classical, medieval, modern and contemporary culture has produced, of which direct knowledge of the texts is essential, valuing the cultural and linguistic history of the country in which one lives.

A wide emphasis is placed on historical-geographical disciplines and linguistics, and the study of literary texts is framed within a historical framework that does not neglect the importance of philosophical culture, figurative arts and music and performing arts, cultural anthropology and foreign literatures.

The bachelor's degree graduate will be expected to demonstrate argumentative skills and general culture even beyond the specific areas, both for the purpose of further study in master's degrees and as an educational asset that allows for employment outlets in the cultural industry.


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Welcome to the website of the three-year Bachelor of Arts program! Those who choose literary studies, know that these have always had a privilege: they allow you to deepen your knowledge of the best of the images that humanity, in its history, has transmitted of itself, through culture, literature, art in all its forms.

Simona Morando

Where we are

The headquarters of the School of Humanities and its related departments are distributed in the area around Via Balbi and Piazza della Nunziata. Some of these palaces are historical palaces of the city of Genoa, called "Palazzi dei Rolli".

For the distribution of the Departments see the acronyms:
DAFIST = Department of Antiquities, Philosophy and History
DIRAAS = Department of Italianistics, Romanistics, Antiquities, Arts and Entertainment
DLCM = Department of Modern Languages and Cultures

  • via Balbi 2 (Palazzo Balbi Cattaneo): presidency, Aula Magna, classrooms number 1 to number 9, DAFIST and DIRAAS faculty offices and studios, Library
  • via Balbi 4 (Palazzo Balbi Senarega): Humanities Single Student Desk, classrooms E, F, G, H, M, N, P, offices and studios of DAFIST faculty, DIRAAS, Library
  • via Balbi 6 (Palazzo Balbi Raggio): classrooms I, Q, R, S, Library of the School of Humanities
  • via Balbi 30: DAFIST faculty studios
  • via delle Fontane 10: Teaching Hub, classrooms A through M and Aula Magna, LaLim Laboratory
  • piazza Santa Sabina 2: DLCM faculty offices and studios, Library

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You will find the contact details of the following reference offices helpful:

Humanities Student One-stop Shop

Via Balbi 4 - ground floor
16126 Genoa
+39 010 209 51690

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