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ITALIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

CODE 61321
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8741 TEORIE E TECNICHE DELLA MEDIAZIONE INTERLINGUISTICA (L-12) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/10
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course deals with Italian literature and culture from the Unification of Italy to the present day and is reserved for foreign students, i.e. those who have not obtained a high school diploma in Italy. The course is part of the basic training activities of the Modern Languages and Cultures course of study and gives 9 CFU, corresponding to 54 hours of classroom teaching activity. The course aims to provide students with a knowledge of contemporary Italian culture by means of in-class reading and analysis of texts in prose and verse by Italy's most significant writers, on which linguistic and lexical analysis will be carried out. 

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course is aimed at giving non-mother tongue Italian students with at least a sufficient command of Italian an introduction to Italian Literature and Culture (art, music, theatre) and to their own historical/geographical backgrounds.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to enable foreign students to acquire a level of linguistic competence comparable to B2 (with particular attention to grammatical and syntactic structures, as well as to vocabulary and polysemy) through the knowledge of literary and other texts documenting the most important moments in the development of Italian society and customs. At the end of the course the student will be able to:

    • Communicate in the Italian language with a competence comparable to B2, expounding and discussing the topics covered in written and oral form with clarity and propriety of language:
    • Orient themselves within the developmental framework of Italian literature;
    • Interpret and comment on an Italian literary text, placing it in its relevant historical context and using the appropriate formal tools.

    PREREQUISITES

    A knowledge of the initial language (i.e. at the time the course starts) of at least CEFR level A2 is required for access to the course.

    The course has a monitored frequency. Those who have not attended at least 50% of the lessons must contact the teacher (giordano.rodda@unige.it) in due time to agree on a programme for non-attenders. Only foreign students who have not obtained a higher education qualification in Italy may enrol in this course.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course includes lectures with the aid of multimedia tools and materials. During the lectures there will be commented readings of literary excerpts and in-depth cultural studies aimed at contextualising the works examined: both the readings and the in-depth studies are to be understood as examples of work on the literary text, aimed at stimulating the students' reflections, who will be invited to actively participate with interventions and questions. The teacher will also make available to students, in a special section of the AulaWeb 2022 e-learning portal, the slides used in the classroom and other supplementary or study support materials.

    Attendance of the course is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended. Students who, for justified reasons, expect not to be able to attend at least 50% of the lectures (i.e. at least 27 of the 54 hours of classroom teaching) are required to contact the teacher by e-mail (giordano.rodda@unige.it) at the beginning of the course in order to agree on an alternative examination programme. It is also advisable to attend the first lecture, during which the syllabus and examination regulations will be presented.

    Lessons will be held in person, unless otherwise specified by the University.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The lessons of the course will be devoted to the following topic:

    Travel literature and literature in travel: contemporary gazes from and towards Italy.

    After a brief introduction dedicated to the experiences of foreign travellers in Italy over the centuries, the course will focus on 20th century travel literature, seen from two sides; on the one hand the rediscovery of a changing Italy after the Second World War, and on the other the journey abroad and the confrontation with the exotic and the different. The three main authors covered will be Guido Piovene, author of the most famous literary guide to Italy in the 1950s, born from a very successful radio experience; Eugenio Montale, not only the greatest Italian poet of the 20th century but also a very fine prose writer, whether writing about his beloved Cinque Terre or the Middle East; and Goffredo Parise, who in his column Lontano in the Corriere della Sera between 1982 and 1983 condensed some of his travel experiences into short but intense and dense prose.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    • Handouts on AulaWeb.
    • Guido Piovene, Viaggio in Italia, Milano, Bompiani, 2017 (only the parts indicated during the lessons)
    • Eugenio Montale, Fuori di casa, Milano, Mondadori, 2017 (only the parts indicated during the lessons)
    • Goffredo Parise, Lontano, a cura di Silvio Perella, Milano, Adelphi, 2009 (a careful reading of the whole work is required)

    The list of texts may be subject to change and it is therefore advisable to wait for the start of the lessons and the presentation of the programme by the lecturer before proceeding with purchase or loan. The bibliography of module 2 will in any case be supplemented with additional readings presented in class and made available on AulaWeb during the course.

    Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    GIORDANO RODDA (President)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    February 2023 (the exact starting date of classes will be announced as soon as the calendar for the second semester of the 2022/2023 academic year is available).

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The examination will take place in a single oral test covering the entire programme.

    Unless otherwise indicated due to changes in the health situation, the examination will take place in person. 

    In order to take part in the tests, you must register at least five days before the date of the exam on the website https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami/prenotazione.

    During the course, further indications regarding the conduct of the examinations will be provided.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The oral examination consists of an interview on the topics included in the examination programme, and aims to assess the ability to

    • express themselves in Italian with skills comparable to level B2;
    • paraphrase and summarise a literary passage;
    • to contextualise the works studied from a historical and cultural point of view;
    • make connections and comparisons between the topics covered in the course.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Enrolment for the examination is by electronic means: enrolments sent after the deadline or via e-mail sent to the lecturer will not be accepted.

    All students, whether attending or not, are requested to register for the course on AulaWeb 2022 in order to receive communications and notices concerning the course.