History of the classical tradition
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to enable students to deepen their knowledgment and understanding about the tradition and survival of classical texts from late antiquity trough Medieval ages , Humanism and the Renaissance up to modern ages, and to develop and apply original ideas, also in a research context They will be able to apply their knowledgment and understanding also in new or unfamiliar environments within multidisciplinary context, showing a good competence in placing classical authors in their historical and cultural context and having the ability of formulating judgements also with limited information,.. They be able to communicate their conclusions clearly and unanmbiguously, using suitable methods of historical analysis , having the learning skills to continue to study in an autonomous manner or to begin with critical attitude a working activity.
Course contents summary
The theme of the double appears in many literatures and in many forms (twins, double, sosia etc.) and has been thoroughly analyzed from a psychoanalytical point of view. The course focuses the theme in ancient literatures and further development in modern literatures.
M.Fusillo, L’altro e lo stesso. Teoria e storia del doppio, Firenze la Nuova italia 1998.
M. Bettini, Le orecchie di Hermes: studi di antropologia e letterature classiche, Torino Einaudi 2000 (cap. V: Sosia e il suo sosia: pensare il “doppio” a Roma).
Further bibliography is provided during the lessons.
Frontal lessons and classes. Students will be encouraged to participate in classroom lessons through individual accounts and seminar.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of an interview covering syllabus topics. Students will show their deep competence about the tradition and survival of classical texts, placing authors in their historical and cultural context. Students will be assessed on:written and oral proficiency; language property; working out contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.Students will have to score a minimum of 60 percent or better of the given questions to get a pass grade.