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. Basic tools and terms of literary criticism are 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 with some analytical attention and with various links and references.
Learning skills: in proportion to the individual abilities.
Course contents summary
Titolo del corso: Il caso Moravia, e altre scomposizioni dell’uomo novecentesco.
Introduzione ai problemi della scrittura letteraria, attraverso l’analisi di cinque romanzi esemplari del Novecento.
Vedi alle voci: "Contenuti" e "Testi di riferimento".
Il programma d'esame consiste in tre romanzi a scelta più un saggio:
1) Un libro a scelta tra:
- Alberto Moravia, L’attenzione
- Philip Roth, La lezione di anatomia
2) William Faulkner, Non si fruga nella polvere
3) Un libro a scelta tra:
- Thomas Pynchon, L’incanto del lotto 49
- Hubert Selby Jr., La stanza (fuori catalogo, disponibile nel materiale didattico
4) Lettura saggistica (uno a scelta fra i seguenti volumi):
- Giacomo Debenedetti, Il personaggio-uomo, Garzanti, Milano 1998.
- Il gioco dell’apprendista. Dieci interviste con William Faulkner. Medusa, Milano 2014.
- Diego Varini, La cattedrale offesa. Moravia Testori Ottieri, Medusa, Milano 2014.
Le opere possono essere lette in qualsiasi edizione, purché integrale, in formato cartaceo o digitale.
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 and expressive 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 a dialogue 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 and to perception of some style techniques;
- Knowledge of the historical background and the reflection themes 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, exposed with appropriate vocabulary.