FUNDAMENTALS OF THE TEXT ANALYSIS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide the student with a knowledge of the proper lexicon of literary analysis and to develop the ability to analyse autonomously a text through its specific structural and formal elements.
Knowledge and understanding:
students will develop metrical and critical knowledge through the use of manuals, articles, lectures.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
students will be able to apply knowledge and comprehension skills useful for understanding and analysing literary texts. During the lessons will be proposed analyses of exemplary texts that can serve as models for a first critical approach.
through the analysis and comparison of different interpretive proposals, students will learn to develop independent judgments in the context of critical debate, including transversal reflections on related cultural themes.
through the analysis of several critical-interpretative proposals, students will be able to organize information, ideas, problems and solutions necessary to accomplish and communicate the critical reading of a literary text.
thanks to the general system of the course that provides the basics of the discipline, students will develop the learning skills necessary to face the Italian Literature exams with greater confidence.
A good knowledge of Italian grammar, logical analysis and of the period is required.
Course contents summary
The course introduces to the knowledge of the basic notions and instruments (bibliography, prosody, linguistics, philology, stylistics) which are required for the historical study of literature and for a first critical approach to text analysis.
All the students are required to study the following texts:
Aldo Menichetti, Prima lezione di metrica, Bari, Laterza, 2013
Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Attraverso la poesia italiana. Analisi di testi esemplari, Roma, Carocci (10 analyses of your choice)
Pier Vincenzo Mengaldo, Attraverso la prosa italiana. Analisi di testi esemplari, Roma, Carocci (10 analyses of your choice)
It is besides required the complete reading of Alessandro Manzoni’s Promessi sposi, Foscolo, Sonetti e odi: recommended edition Ugo Foscolo, Sepolcri, Odi, Sonetti, ed. by Donatella Martinelli, Milano, BUR, 1998).
The lectures will be frontal and will alternate introductory lectures on instruments (dictionaries, repertoires) and general skills in the analysis of sample texts from which to start, and more general observations on metrics, rhetoric and stylistic. The last lessons will provide an introduction to the reading of the two classical texts required: Manzoni, Promessi sposi and Foscolo, Sonnets and Odes. Texts and materials used during the course will be uploaded in advance on the Elly platform. The course is also proposed in blended mode through the Elly distance learning platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final assessment consists of a written and an oral exam. The written exam, lasting one hour and thirty minutes, will precede the oral exam and ask for an analysis of a passage from Promessi sposi and a poetic text by Foscolo which will be requested: paraphrase, analysis of the period, prosodic analysis and metric for texts in verse, rhetorical analysis, contextualization (within the work or in relation to the other texts of the author studied). In order to take the oral exam, the student must reach a minimum score of 18/30. Every test call has a written test and – a week later – an oral test. Students who achieved the minimum mark in the written test can take oral text a week later, or later in the year (but within the academic year). The text will be discussed and commented on during the oral exam and the student will have to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the tools, the problems and the texts treated in class or studied in the manuals. The student who does not demonstrate adequate knowledge of the basic notions and tools and an adequate ability to apply them (in writing) will not be considered sufficient. On the other hand, the student who proves able to handle the concepts and terms of the discipline will be considered in the sufficient range (18-21) ; he will be placed in the more than sufficient- good range (22-26) in he shows a greater capacity for autonomous and critical processing, and in the very good-excellent range (27- 30 e lode) if he has have deepened significantly, demonstrating ability for independent investigation.The final mark will be determined by the average between written and oral,
Exam dates: as published calendar