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CODE 65071
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-FIL-LET/07
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course shows a selection of sources of the controversial debate about sacred images (so-called iconoclasm). The discussion of the sources is relevant for the language of and representation in the Byzantine icon in the Middle Ages, and some modern and contemporary visual arts can be traced to its iconography as well.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to give students the following knowledge, competencies and abilities: - through the direct reading of texts, knowledge of the historical phases and theological arguments for and against icon worship; - ability to recognise the influxes of the debate on icons in artistic techniques and iconographic schemas; - ability to compare analogies and differences between western and eastern medieval artistic iconographic schemas.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

For the aims, see above. Learning outcomes in detail:

it is expected that, at the end of the attendance and after the study of the related program, students will be able

  • to contextualize the literary and theological sources on the icon in time, space and literary genre they belong to;
  • to connect the sources to the debate phases on the icon;
  • to identify the connections between the theology of the icon and the main iconographic schemes.

    SOFT SKILLS for Flipped Classroom which can be certified with an OPENBADGE:

  • functional literacy competence – advanced level;
  • personal competence – advanced level;
  • learning-to-learn competence – advanced level.

TEACHING METHODS

Classes are held in person. Attendance, although not compulsory, is recommended. The lecturer, at the specific request of a student (via e-mail), may allow him/her to follow classes remotely via “Teams” platform and to view class recordings.

Methodology: lessons with PowerPoint/pdf presentations, frequent dialogues, polls and interactive platforms.

Flipped classroom: students who regularly attend classes in person may present an oral report about an article/essay related with the content of the course. The methodology allows to develop Soft Skills which can be certified with an OpenBadge.

Lessons and seminars by experts in the field.

It is requested to subscribe on Aulaweb as well, in order to get information, didactic material, notices, bibliography and so on.

Students who can attend no lessons at all are warmly invited to email the professor at the beginning of the course.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Controversial icons, Constantinople to the East.

Sacred images were controversial in Byzantium for two centuries and ended in an “official” form and definition in the middle of 9th c. The icons and the Cross followed different paths among Constantinople, Alexandria, Jerusalem, the Caucasus and the Slavs. Some phases of the Byzantine icon and its development in time and space are presented here: from the Armenian Crosses to the Christ Pantocrator of Sinai, from the Cross in St. Eirene to the Theotokos of Vladimir, up to the Trinity of Andrej Rublev (“the icon of icons”), the course allows to understand some aspects of Eurasia which are still extremely relevant nowadays.

Three lessons (6hours) about "The Image of Christ during iconoclasm" will be offered in italian by Dr. Francesco Vanoni, PhD student.

The content is designed both for attending and non-attending students.

Students who cannot attend classes may ask for a different syllabus and/or tailored bibliography. In any case, non-attending students are required to contact the professor as soon as possible via email.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Students may ask for a wholly English bibliography: please email as soon as possible pia.carolla@unige.it.

Bibliography for students who regularly attend the classes:

P.A. Florenskij, Le porte regali, Milano, Adelphi, 1977; OR: Id., La prospettiva rovesciata, Milano, Adelphi, 2020.

L. Uspenskij - V. Losskij, Il senso delle icone, Milano, Jaca Book, 2007, pp. 21-51.

Bibliography for non-attending students:

P.A. Florenskij, Le porte regali, Milano, Adelphi, 1977; OR: Id., La prospettiva rovesciata, Milano, Adelphi, 2020.

F. Dell’Acqua, Iconophilia. Politics, Religion, Preaching, and the Use of Images in Rome, c. 680-880, (Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies) Abingdon - New York, Routledge 2020.

L. Uspenskij - V. Losskij, Il senso delle icone, Milano, Jaca Book, 2007, pp. 21-51.

L. R. Cresci, “Echi di dibattiti teologici sull’icona e sulla Croce nella poesia di Giorgio di Pisidia.” Erga / Logoi 5.1 (2017), pp. 29–36.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

PIA CAROLLA (President)

FRANCESCA GAZZANO

MARTINA BIAMINO (Substitute)

LIA RAFFAELLA CRESCI (Substitute)

AGNESE FONTANA (Substitute)

ARIANNA MAGNOLO (Substitute)

FRANCESCO VANONI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

The week of 19th February 2024.

 

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Oral exam: students will be asked (i) to read, explain and comment on the theological and historical sources about icons and iconoclasm in order to assess their competences to put texts and discussions into context; (ii) to analyze iconographic schemes in order to assess their capacity to connect theological themes and visual art(ifact)s.

Minimum 'pass' requirements for the oral exam are: (a) identifying the main themes in the theological debate on icons; (b) tracing their connections with iconographic schemes.

'Excellence' requirements are: identifying and discussing the multiple connections among the theological debate, the analytical reading of the selected sources and the definition of the most relevant iconographic schemes.

Regularly attending students may take part in the Flipped Classroom with an oral report during the lessons. The methodology of Flipped classroom works on the Soft Skills as follows:

  • functional literacy competence – advanced level;
  • personal competence – advanced level;
  • learning-to-learn competence – advanced level.

The students who take part in the Flipped Classroom during the lessons may get an OpenBadge for the Soft Skills after the exam.

Exam schedule

Data appello Orario Luogo Degree type Note
21/12/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
01/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
15/02/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
10/05/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
04/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale Biblioteca di Antichistica DIRAAS - via Balbi 4 piano primo (la porta accanto all'ascensore, dove si prega di suonare entrambi i campanelli)
20/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
12/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Please contact the professor for any further information in English.

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OpenBadge

 PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Alfabetica avanzato 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Personale avanzato 1 - A
PRO3 - Soft skills - Personale avanzato 1 - A
 PRO3 - Soft skills - Imparare a imparare avanzato 1 - A
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