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CODE 61281
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER Annual
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

Teaching for 6 CFU: 36 hours, first semester
Teaching for 9 CFU: 54 hours, second semester

 

 

The teaching is divided into two parts. The first (6 CFU, 36 h) will focus on theatre. Particularly throughout the last century, theatre played a fundamental role in the social and political life of Poles. In this art, Poland counts some of the greatest directors and theatres of the Western world, such as Tadeusz Kantor or Jerzy Grotowski. Some of the greatest representatives of prose of the period, such as Witkiewicz and Gombrowicz or, in our days, Andrej Stasiuk, have also dedicated themselves to theatre. But The Avi (Dziady) by Adam Mickiewicz is also a play in which the poet lays the foundations for the spiritual birth of modern Poland.

The second part of the course (an additional 18 hours, for a total of 9 CFU) will consist of a general overview of the major literary currents and historical-political events from Young Poland to the present day.

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, students must be able to orient themselves and understand Polish literature of the twentieth century, in particular as regards the general themes of teaching.

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, students must be able to orient themselves and understand Polish literature of the twentieth century, in particular as regards the general themes of teaching. They will have to know at least in broad terms the complex geo-political history of Poland of the last century. They will also have acquired a first knowledge of translation techniques from Polish into Italian and will be able, through group work and on-line support, to carry out simple translations from literary texts.

 

PREREQUISITES

To have completed one or two year of Polish Literature

Participation is also allowed for Polish Erasmus students.

TEACHING METHODS

 

Reading, explanation and commentary of the films and of some of the main texts. At least once during the semester students will be asked to prepare, in small groups of two or three people, a brief comment on one of the topics covered and to present it to the rest of the class

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Teaching for 6 CFU: 36 hours, first semester
Teaching for 9 CFU: 54 hours, second semester

FIRST PART: Particularly throughout the last century, theatre played a fundamental role in the social and political life of Poles. In this art, Poland counts some of the greatest directors and theatres of the Western world, such as Tadeusz Kantor or Jerzy Grotowski. Some of the greatest representatives of prose of the period, such as Witkiewicz and Gombrowicz or, in our days, Andrej Stasiuk, have also dedicated themselves to theatre. But The Avi (Dziady) by Adam Mickiewicz is also a play in which the poet lays the foundations for the spiritual birth of modern Poland.

Through the works examined (excerpts of which will be read and commented on in both Italian and Polish) and the artistic and biographical journey of their authors, two centuries of cultural history in Poland will be traversed: a culture that was always passionately ‘committed’ and aimed at a critical confrontation with every kind of power. The reading of the texts will be accompanied, where possible, by the viewing of films or footage of the staging of the works examined.

 

SECOND PART (a further 18 hours, for a total of 54 h, 9 CFU) will consist of a general summary of the major literary currents and historical-political events, from Young Poland to the present day.

 

ALSO
In November 2024
, a 3-day conference/event dedicated to the work of Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is planned in Naples. Polonistics students are invited to attend, with expenses covered.


In June 2025, the national premiere of the play dedicated to the work of Czeslaw Milosz (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980) is planned at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa. As preparation for this event, we will have meetings/lessons with the director Sergio Maifredi, director of the Ligurian Public Theatre, and with the professor of polonistics at La Sapienza University in Rome, Luigi Marinelli, who will co-author the texts.

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Students who have duly filed a certification of disability, DSA or other special educational needs are advised to contact both the contact person Prof. Sara Dickinson (sara.dickinson@unige.it) and the lecturer at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on teaching and examination methods that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography

COMPULSORY READINGS

MANUAL:

History of Polish Literature edited by Luigi Marinelli, Einaudi 2004, from p. 324 to the end.

Theatre and power in Poland from the 19th century to the present day

The Avians Part III (1832) by Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855) Fragments

The Shoemakers (1934) by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939)

Operetta (1966) by Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969)

Emigrants (1974) by Slawomir Mrozek (1930-2013)

The Dead Class (1975) by Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990)

Night (2005) by Andrzej Stasiuk (1960 -)

 

 

Non-attending students will discuss with the teacher an addictional program.

 

Polish students and those who wish may read the literary texts in the original language.

 

Before accessing the exam, at least a week in advance, all students, whether attending or not, will have to prepare a short paper (one or two pages), on one of the subjects of the course, following the instructions in the file Norme per tesi e tesine available on the Teacher Page

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

LAURA QUERCIOLI (President)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

October 2024

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

 

The oral exam will allow to evaluate the student's ability to put in relation the various topics discussed during the course. During the exam, which includes open questions and feedbacks on the entire program covered, will be evaluated the quality of the presentation, the correct use of the vocabulary (in particular in relation to the literary movements and the currents of thought studied), the capacity of critical and temporal orientation.

ASSESSMENT METHODS


 

The student will demonstrate to have assimilated the program, to have acquired the basic knowledge provided during the teaching, to be able to elaborate a short speech both on the subject at will and on those required and to comment on the texts studied during the course semester, placing them in the Polish and European historical and cultural context. Attendance and active participation in the lessons will not only facilitate the exam path but will also be evaluated in the final score.
The essay submitted before the exam will be discussed and evaluated

 


 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Polish students may read all the texts in the bibliography in the original language.

Special facilitations will be provided for Ukrainian students.

Students who have duly filed a certification of disability, DSA or other special educational needs are advised to contact both the contact person Prof. Sara Dickinson (sara.dickinson@unige.it) and the lecturer at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on teaching and examination methods that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.