Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to give a basic knowledge, from a linguistic and historical point of view, of Romance philology: this background is necessary for Italian Literature students and for French and Spanish language and literature students.
1) Knowledge and understanding: by the end of the course the students will know fundamental knowledge of romance linguistic and romance literatures and will be able to read and translate simple texts.
2) Applying Knowledge and understanding and judgments making: by the end of the course students will be able to comment upon texts read in the course and to make simple links between romance languages and literatures.
3) communication skills: by the end of the course students will be able to express and share informations, problems and solutions in a clear manner.
4) Learning skills: by the end of the course students will be able to get information in basic scientific literature.
Basic skills in literature and linguistics.
Course contents summary
After some introductive lessons about the origins of romance languages, the course will contextualize the main literary genres (poetry, epic, romance, tale) and will focus on Trojan subject narrative, analyzing the fortune of Trojan myth in medieval romance literatures, with particular attention for Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie, Old French poem of the XII century.
Paolo Gresti, Introduzione alla linguistica romanza, Bologna, Pàtron, 2016.
Furio Brugnolo, Roberta Capelli, Profilo delle letterature romanze medievali, Roma, Carocci, 2011 (or later reprints), chap. 1, 2 and 6 for students of Lettere; chap. 1, 2 and one of a choice between 3 or 4 for students of Civiltà e Lingue straniere moderne.
Non attending students are requested to contact the teacher.
Front lessons: reading, translation and commentary of selected texts, in particular of passages from Old French Roman de Troie.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam consists of an oral examination; questions are of 3 kinds:
- test of reading, translation and linguistic analysis of a text chosen from the course;
- test on linguistical competence;
- test on the literary and historical context.
The 3 sets of questions will equally concur to the final note (in 30 scale); it is necessary to have a satisfactory note (18/30) in each set.
The student is immediately told of his note.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the basic, fundamental contents of the course; middle-range scores (24-27/30) corresponds to good level of knowledge and to che ability in making simple links and apply it to problem solving; higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) correspond to developed abilities and competence in making links among different languages and literatures.