CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE (UNIT A)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course, students acquire knowledge on contemporary Italian literature (the second half of the nineteenth century and the whole of the twentieth century).
Knowledge and understanding: students will develop knowledge and understanding skills in field of contemporary Italian literature concerning the basic contents of the discipline, analyzed in their historical and critical perspective, from the literary, thematic, stylistic and narratological point of view.
Knowledge and understanding skills applied: students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills of understanding acquired in order to organize an organic critical discourse that takes into account the numerous aspects characterizing the literary movements. At the same time, students will reinforce their ability to understand literary texts and particularly narrative texts (novels and short stories), and refine their skills in solving problems with reading, understanding and analyzing new texts.
Autonomy of judgment: students will develop textual interpretation skills aimed at the formulation of aesthetic judgments, but also in the contextualization of texts in their respective cultural and literary fields.
Communication skills: thanks to the textual analysis exercises proposed in class and discussed in a workshop way, students will develop the communication skills in relation to the acquisition of a language appropriate to the subject, the ability to link different fields and disciplines (history, literature, philosophy, etc.), to the possibility to express motivated aesthetic judgments on the read texts.
Ability to learn: thanks to the general system of the course, i students will develop cultural learning skills and textual analytical skills, both necessary to continue independently in the knowledge of contemporary Italian literature and to implement the reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth century texts.
The course aims to provide students with two priority skills and abilities: in the first part of the Course we will implement’ the history and literary knowledge of Italian contemporary literature. In the second part we would like to introduce theoretical reflections about relation between History and Literature, with the particular case of italian Resistance and Italian literary producton. Last, we will move from general problems to the novels and literary works of Beppe Fenoglio.
Course contents summary
After a first part dedicated to outline the historical-sociological coordinates of literary modernity,
the course will outline a picture of the literary panorama of the second half of the nineteenth and twentieth century, through some fundamental junctions, such as: naturalism and verismo, decadentism, modernism, the return to realism and neorealism, the neo-avant-garde and postmodernism . Of each considered historical-literary moment, the cultural matrices, the characteristic poetics and some key texts will be analyzed, including the three novels (by Verga, Pirandello and Svevo) indicated in the exam program.
The History of Italian Literature in the 18th and 19th century is characterized by a very important factor. The new context of literary production, involving middle class industrial publishing, lead to the development of the novel as the literary genre most appealing to the new reading class.
These factors contributed to change the inside role of literary production, to increase some genre (as novel) and to undermine some other (as the Poetry).
The second part of the lessons will explain the problem of the relation between History and Literature, with the particular case of Italian works about Resistance. Last, we will read and comment the literary production of Beppe Fenoglio.
Erasmus students are asked to contact the teacher to agree on the exam program
A special program can be provided to Erasmus's Students.
Lectures; interaction with students during lectures.
Lectures will take place through class teaching.
Assessment methods and criteria
The average marks (24-27 / 30) come
assigned to the student who has a level more than
sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30)
The highest marks (from 28/30 to 30/30 and honors) are awarded based on the demonstration of a level from good to excellent in both parts of the exam.