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This course develops the literary study begun with the monographic parts in the second year, by presenting tools and topics to deal with genres, phenomena and authors. Students will also approach literary texts in Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. The intended readings are meant to introduce students to contemporary literature (since the 1950s).
This course aims to introduce the students to a variety of aspects of the cultural and literary history of Nordic countries, while highlighting elements of uniformity and diversity among them and in relation to the rest of the European cultural world.
Students will be able to critically deal with some concepts regarding the , its stereotypes and their deconstruction or questioning, drawing examples from a corpus of literary and extra-literary works. In addition to, they will acquire skills and tools to and will be introduced to the main peculiarities of , taking literary texts into account as well.
54 hours of classroom activities, articulated in over 9 weeks (part one) in the first term (October to December) and over 12 weeks (parts two and three, each consisting of 18 hours) in the second term (February to May).
The whole course corresponds to 9 credits: students who need have to attend only
The course will have a markedly seminar character, therefore students are expected to contribute to analyses and discussions with their own remarks.
As regards the analysis of literary texts in Swedish, will be the starting point to formalize some concepts and methodologies of textual analysis and to show how the outcomes of the analysis can contribute to the interpretation of the text. This work will be introduced and initially lead by the teacher, but participants will be later asked to contribute with their own examination of assigned excerpts or even texts of their own choice ().
Further activities will be announced during the course. .
The course attendance is not compulsory, but highly recommended.
PART ONE - August Strindberg's style: introduction to the analysis of literary texts in Swedish
Each author necessarily acts within a specific literary and cultural tradition, which exerts its influence both as a source of inspiration and as the context that hosts the author's innovative contributions. Critical reading of literary texts allows to point out and become aware of a writer’s features and strategies and to obtain useful (sometimes fundamental) information towards a more plausible interpretation of the text. In this part of the course, passages taken from literary works by August Strindberg (Röda Rummet; Taklagsöl) will be examined with and by students.
PART TWO - Images of the North, imagery about the North: between mythemes, borealism and northernness
This module offers an initial reflection on the stereotypes that are associated with the Northern countries, in particular from the Italian perspective, drawing examples from literature and cinema: which images have been successful or most frequent? What functions did they have? Have there been any attempts to deconstruct (some of) them? The participants, on the basis of the literary criticism indicated and inspired by the suggested examples, will be asked to enrich the research corpus and to discuss the dynamics, evolution and implications of such narratives on the North.
PART THREE – Introduction to Danish and Norwegian with analysis of literary texts
Scandinavian languages show remarkable similarities, obviously due to the proximity of the respective cultural areas, but also (as regards Danish and Norwegian) to historical-political reasons and common literary tradition along some centuries. Basing our work on the degree of knowledge and skills in the Swedish language expected from third year students, we will examine some of the main phonetic, morphological, lexical and stylistic differences of Danish and Norwegian through the reading of some literary prose excerpts. In the case of Norwegian, the survey will be introduced by a reconstruction of the main cultural and political events (including the numerous linguistic reforms) in which the complex question of language was articulated between the late 19th and the early 20th century.
Storia delle letterature scandinave. Dalle origini a oggi, a cura di Massimo Ciaravolo, Milano, Iperborea 2019, pp. 589-940.
For PART ONE - Analyses of literary texts in Swedish:
August Strindberg, Röda Rummet, text available at www.litteraturbanken.se
A. Strindberg, La Sala Rossa, trad. di Attilio Veraldi, Milano, Rizzoli (1986) 2002
A. Strindberg, Taklagsöl, text available at www.litteraturbanken.se
A. Strindberg, La festa del coronamento, trad. di Franco Perrelli, Milano, Carbonio Editore 2022
For PART TWO - Images of the North:
Andrea Meregalli and Camilla Storskog (eds.), Bridges to Scandinavia, Milano, di/segni, Dipartimento di Lingue e letterature straniere, Università degli Studi di Milano 2016, pp. 141-155
Robert Zola Christensen (ed.), Rethinking Scandinavia. A collection of articles based on presentation held at the CSS Conference 2017 – (web proceedings), Lund, International web community for Scandinavian Studies 2018
Bruno Berni and Anna Wegener (eds.), Translating Scandinavia. Scandinavian Literature in Italian and German Translation, 1918-1945, Roma, Edizioni Quasar 2018, pp. 109-129
Frédérique Toudoire-Surlapierre et Alessandra Balloti (dir.), Nordiques n° 38 – Automne 2019. Le petit héros scandinave, Bibliothèque de Caen-Association Norden
Alessandra Ballotti, Claire McKeown, Frédérique Toudoire Surlapierre (dir.), De la nordicité au boréalisme, Reims, Presses Universitaires 2020
Jens Bjerring-Hansen, Torben Jelsbak, Anna Estera Mrozewicz (eds.), Scandinavian Exceptionalisms. Culture, Society, Discourse, Berlin, Nordeuropa-Institut der Humboldt Universität 2021
Further bibliography will be announced during the course.
For PART THREE - Introduction to Danish and Norwegian:
Anna Wegener, Inger-Marie Willert Bortignon, Luca Panieri, Grammatica danese. Fonetica, morfologia, sintassi ed esercizi, Milano, Hoepli 2013
Irene Burdese, Cathrine Rysst, Lær deg norsk! Corso di lingua norvegese, Milano, Hoepli 2015
All literary excerpts that will be examined in class .
Students are expected to know the contents of the lessons, including all the texts which will be examined during the course, and will have to read eight works of contemporary Scandinavian literature (two for each country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland). These works may be read in any translation (or in Scandinavian languages, at students’ choice). In addition to, candidates who need 9 credits will have to read some tales or essays in Swedish . In details:
- Astrid Lindgren, “Pippi flyttar in i Villa Villekulla” and “Pippi vill inte bli stor” (from Boken om Pippi Långstrump, 1952) Birgitta Svanberg, “På barnets sida. Om Astrid Lindgren” (in Elisabeth Møller Jensen, Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria 3, 1996, available at www.litteraturbanken.se)
- Tove Jansson, “Vårvisan” “Granen” (da Det osynliga barnet, 1962) Ebba Witt-Brattström, “Motståndets utopi. Om Tove Jansson” (in Nordisk kvinnolitteraturhistoria 3)
Further critical bibliography will be given during the course. , please contact the teacher at email@example.com.
Office hours: Tuesday 14-15.30 or by appointment (even on Microsoft Teams). Students are warmly asked to regularly check the teacher's personal page on the Department website to make sure about office hours.
DAVIDE AGOSTINO FINCO (President)
CHIARA BENATI (Substitute)
CELINA NADIA BUNGE (Substitute)
Lessons will start in the first week of the semester (3-7 October 2022).
The course schedule will be announced in September.
Please check the teacher's personal page (at www.lcm.unige.it) for updated information.
An oral exam at the end of the course or in the following exam sessions (six every year, apart from reserved sessions for final year or Erasmus students: ).
The examination takes place in Italian, but it includes
The exam lasts approximately forty minutes and is meant to test both the knowledge of the syllabus and reasoning skills. Therefore:
1) The eight readings indicated in the bibliography are integral part of the programme: students have to prove that they have read the chosen works and are expected to add . As regards this part of the exam, the examiners, of course, will take into proper account that these works have not been analysed in class, but that, however, they are a meaningful integration of the course topics.
2) To evaluate the skills acquired in the first part of the course, students in Swedish taken from the examined texts. Further passages will be assigned before the examination for personal analysis.
3) Students are, moreover, requested to make a little, autonomous research on a topic at their choice, provided that it is related to the course programme. To fulfil this task, students , according to general instructions that will be given during the course (students are expected to ask the lecturer about details of this task in case they cannot attend the course). This research will have to be presented in Swedish during the exam (not necessarily in a written form).
Students are allowed to divide the programme into (no more than) two parts to be prepared for two different exam sessions at their choice. The final evaluation will consider the results of both parts (however, ) and students are free to take the exam(s) as many times as they wish to take a better evaluation.
The final mark is announced at the end of the exam and it can be refused by the candidate. In case of a refused mark or a failed exam, the candidate (no limit is prescribed in the number of attempts).
In the overall evaluation, not only the knowledge of the syllabus (course topics, texts analysed in class – or included in the specific list – and readings) and reasoning skills, but also expository skills and accuracy in the use of the specific language of the discipline will be taken into account.
The main skills that will be evaluated are: capability of orientating oneself in the different periods of the literary history, setting the considered works (or texts) in the proper context, comparing different authors, ages, nations, movements, and adding a personal critical judgement on the considered phenomena, mainly basing on competences acquired and critical contributions presented during the course.
, like literature and culture. This is the reason why students will have freedom of choice and, in any case, the evaluation of their language skills will not be as strict as that required in a typical language assessment. Nonetheless, the complexity and originality of the chosen topic, as well as the adopted methodology and the linguistic skills students will be able to show, will be taken in appropriate account to formulate the final evaluation.
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Students will not have to formally enrol in this course; however, this course – as any other – is to be inserted in the learning plan to be officially acknowledged.
Those who want to take the exam must enrol through the university website within three days before the examination. .
This course is obligatory for all third year students who have chosen Swedish as Language A or Language B in the curriculum “Lingue, letterature e culture moderne”. Other students may insert it in their learning plan, but they are warmly asked to contact me, even to have a specific programme designed according to their own academic needs.
(DSA), such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, are invited to contact me, as well as to (e.g. “ufficio disabilità e DSA”) the University offers to support them: further information available at https://unige.it/disabilita-dsa.