|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||L-FIL-LET/11|
The course is part of the Basic Learning Activities for the Bachelor’s course in “Teorie e tecniche della mediazione interlinguistica”, and bestows 9 ECTS, corresponding to 54 hours of classroom teaching and 171 hours reserved for personal study. It introduces the student to the study of the main authors, the most significant works, poetics and cultural movements of contemporary Italian literature.
This course is intended to broaden students’ knowledge of contemporary Italian literature, to get them accustomed to doing critical reading and to be familiar with the phenomena of literary creativity in relation with publishing and cultural reviews.
The course aims to provide students with the essential conceptual and methodological tools for understanding the evolution of Italian literary modernity and its links with other literatures. It is divided into a general part, which briefly illustrates the most important stages in the evolution of poetry and narrative between the second half of the 19th century and the 20th century, and a more specific part, dedicated to an in-depth study of specific movements, works and authors.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
a) identify and define the most significant movements and poetics in contemporary Italian literature
b) paraphrase and interpret autonomously literary passages in poetry and prose, analysing their contents and structural aspects (genre, metric form, rhetorical apparatus) also on the basis of the historical-cultural contexts in which they were composed
c) make appropriate use of literary criticism terminology
d) compare passages from different periods and authors
e) explain and discuss orally the topics treated in class with clarity and language properties
Basic knowledge (at high school level) of Italian literature and history from national unity to the end of the twentieth century.
Classes will be held in blended mode, both in person and online on the Teams platform: all students must therefore register for the team “Letteratura italiana contemporanea 2021-22 (Navone)”, access code 9y6i9is.
The course includes frontal lessons with the help of multimedia tools and materials. During the lessons various examples of interpretation and textual analysis will be proposed, and the active participation of the students (with questions and interventions) will be encouraged. The teacher will also make available to students, in a special section of the AulaWeb e-learning portal, various didactic tools (slides used in the classroom, supplementary or study support materials).
1. Profile of 20th century Italian poetry: theoretical issues, authors, texts, poetics
2. The Italian novel of the early twentieth century: Luigi Pirandello and Italo Svevo
3. The Italian novel of the second half of the twentieth century: Leonardo Sciascia’s crime novels.
The course will begin with a theoretical introduction, focusing mainly on the basics of Italian metrics and the birth of verso libero. The most significant poets of the 20th century will then be presented through the commented reading of a selection of texts provided by the professor. Moving on to narrative works, the general lines of the evolution of the Italian novel between the end of the 19th and the 20th century will be retraced, with specific in-depth studies dedicated to some works by Pirandello, Svevo and Sciascia.
Students will have to integrate the topics developed in the classroom with the partial study of a contemporary Italian literature textbook (see "Recommended reading/bibliography") and with the full reading of the following novels:
- Luigi Pirandello, Il fu Mattia Pascal
- Italo Svevo, La coscienza di Zeno
- Leonardo Sciascia, Il giorno della civetta, Todo modo and Una storia semplice
Class attendance is strongly recommended. Students who, for justified reasons, expect not to be able to attend at least 50% of the lessons (i.e. at least 27 of the 54 hours of classroom teaching) are required to contact the professor by e-mail at the beginning of the course in order to agree on an alternative examination programme. It is also recommended to attend the first lesson, during which the teaching programme and the exam rules will be presented.
- Alberto Casadei, Marco Santagata, Manuale di letteratura italiana contemporanea, Bari, Laterza, 2007, or subsequent reprints (students are required to study only the parts indicated by the professor at the beginning of the course)
- Luigi Pirandello, Il fu Mattia Pascal, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2013, or any other unabridged edition (full reading)
- Italo Svevo, La coscienza di Zeno, edited by Mario Lavagetto, Torino, Einaudi, 2014, or any other unabridged edition (full reading)
- Leonardo Sciascia, Il giorno della civetta, Milano, Adelphi, 2002, or any other unabridged edition (full reading)
- Leonardo Sciascia, Todo modo, Milano, Adelphi, 2003, or any other unabridged edition (full reading)
- Leonardo Sciascia, Una storia semplice, Milano, Adelphi, 2011 (read in full)
The list of texts is subject to change and it is therefore advisable to wait until the start of the lessons and the presentation of the programme before purchasing or borrowing. The bibliography indicated will in any case be supplemented with additional readings presented in class and made available on AulaWeb during the course.
Non-attending students must contact the teacher to arrange a specific bibliography.
ALESSANDRO FERRARO (President)
8 October 2021 (first semester)
14 February 2022 (second semester)
The exam consists of an oral test which aims to verify the student's knowledge of the topics and texts treated in class, as well as to assess the student's critical and interpretative skills.
Unless otherwise indicated due to the evolution of the health situation, the exam will be held in presence. If it is not possible to guarantee the necessary safety standards, the exam will be held on Teams.
To take part in the exam, students must register at least four days before the date of the exam at https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami/prenotazione.
Non-attending students must contact the teacher by email to arrange an alternative programme (see 'Syllabus/contents' section).
The examination consists of an oral interview on the topics covered in the course, and aims to assess the ability to paraphrase and analyse a literary passage, to contextualise the works studied from a historical-cultural point of view, to illustrate their metrical-stylistic characteristics, to establish links and comparisons between the topics covered in the course, and to use appropriate and effective exposition.
Students who, for justified reasons, expect not to be able to attend at least 50% of the lessons (i.e. at least 27 of the 54 hours of classroom teaching) are required to contact the professor by e-mail at the beginning of the course in order to agree on an alternative examination programme. It is also recommended to attend the first lesson, during which the teaching programme and the exam rules will be presented.
All students, whether attending or not, are kindly requested to enrol in AulaWeb to receive communications and notices regarding the course.
Erasmus students or non-native Italian speakers are kindly requested to contact the teacher to agree on the examination programme.