Aesthetics and theory of the arts
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and Understanding
At the course’s end the student shall be in a position to understand the different meanings which the metaphor's concept assumes in the works taken into examination the relationship between such semantic stratification and the historical-philosophical and theoretical-critical context.
Applying Knowledge and Understanding
The student, at the course end shall be able to correctly apply the cognitive contents learnt at the texts which haven’t been read or analysed by the teacher, and to be able to enunciate clear and logically coherent explanations.
By means of the lessons and seminars in-depth study frequent participation (in which different perspectives will be compared and of which will be suggested optional readings) and by means of the personal study, the student will be urged to interiorize the matters, to develop a critical reading and an independent judgement concerning the categories and the aesthetic theories covered during the lesson.
During the active participation in the lessons the student shall be able to communicate in a coherent manner elucidation and in-depth analysis questions, comments. The written report drawing up, following description and discussion together with the teacher, will involve and consolidate the student’s communication abilities.
The final examination will consist on the analysis of the critical literature mentioned in the base bibliography and on a written paperwork discussion regarding a research subject detected during the course progress. The student shall prove methodological capabilities in the research scientifically setting, indicating the investigation procedures; besides he shall demonstrate learning capability, correctly using the course’s contents.
È richiesta una conoscenza di base del lessico specifico, delle principali categorie e della metodologia caratterizzanti la disciplina.
Course contents summary
This course focuses on theories of metaphor in the Age of Enlightenment. The course surveys the most relevant work of the main authors alive at the time of the issue of the Encyclopédie (J.-J. Rousseau, E.- B. de Condillac e D. Diderot) and establishes a link between the aesthetic experience and the imagery used in language. It explores the role of the metaphor and its influence in the aesthetic, philosophical, artistic and scientific fields and how the use of metaphorical language marked the beginning of new paradigms in knowledge. It ends with a consideration of modern Aesthetics and how it is linked to a philosophical rupture of traditional poetic and rhetoric and to the great diffusion of scientific knowledge in eighteenth-century France.
E. Franzini, L’estetica del Settecento, Bologna, Il Mulino, ultima edizione.
M. Mazzocut-Mis, M. Bertolini, R. Messori, C. Rozzoni, P. Vincenzi (a cura di) Entrare nell’opera: i Salons di Diderot. Selezione antologica e analisi critica, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2012.
D. Diderot, Arte, bello e interpretazione della natura, a cura di E. Franzini, Milano, Mimesis, 2013.
Besides the main traditional lessons, seminars will be held regarding subjects which study in depth the knowledge by teachers from the same discipline or from other sectors, in order to foster a comparison between different perspectives. During the lesson, some slides will be projected with images, bibliographical references from suggested texts, a diagrams synthesising some essential points in the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination includes a written and an oral section. The thesis,
whose subject shall be agreed upon with the teacher, will be discussed
during the oral examination’s first session. There will be a lesson held at
the course’s end devoted to the thesis. The oral thesis will be regarding
the base bibliography and the subjects covered during the lessons.
Attendance is highly recommended. During the lessons and in particular during the seminars, the students will be urged to actively participate.
Projected slides will be available for students along with lesson notes.