Learning outcomes of the course unit
Expected learning outcomes: accurate and personal knowledge of the proposed texts.
Knowledge and understanding: critical attitude, with the aid of human sciences and their interdisciplinary intersections. Tools and terms of literary criticism are not required.
Ability in applying knowledge and understanding: application, as independent as possible, of the critical tools and historical insights acquired.
Making judgments: it is the overarching and main goal of the course.
Communication skills: acquisition of a language not necessarily technical, but able to distinguish and give an account of the characteristics of a literary text beyond first emotional impressions and generalizations.
Learning skills: in proportion to the individual abilities.
Course contents summary
Close reading of some works of Western literature (XIXth-XXth-XXIst century, most in prose).
The cours aims at promoting the curiosity and the pleasure in reading complex high-quality literature texts, through the close reading of some works in Western literature (XIXth-XXth-XXIst century, most in prose). It also aims at creating the sense of historical relativity and the awareness of different codes and registers.
The bibliography will be fixed during the course
Selected passages from the texts proposed in bibliography will be read during the lessons, with comments intended to highlight the cultural context and the main decisions made by the authors. Through the comment and, when possible, the discussion with the students, critical skills and independence of judgment of the students will be trained.
In addition to lectures, complementary educational activities will be provided in the form of seminars conducted by young scholars and experts.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final assessment will consist of an interview in which the student has to show:
- The ability to narrate in a clear and interesting way, with appropriate vocabulary, features, content and ambiguities of a literary text. Special emphasis will be given to the logical and communicative skills;
- Knowledge of the historical background and the major narrative elements (plot, characters) of the proposed texts, by questions raised by the teacher in the context of the presentation offered by the student.
- The threshold of the pass mark is defined by the presence of both parameters:
a. full reading of the proposed texts;
b. Implementation of a research / individual reflection on the text with the elaboration of individual proposals and criticism.