The course aims to provide students with the skills and abilities
necessary to read the history of contemporary literature from a
perspective that does not only look at the author,'s background but considers the
literary work as a result of a mediation between the
literary system and the editorial one. The theoretical reflections, the literary
and cultural insights, together with the witnesses of employees of the
publishing industry and with the analysis of the contemporary publishing
system, will contribute to facilitate the student's knowleadge of the publishing world and future work experience in this area.
Course contents summary
Editorial mediation and canonization of the twentieth century
In the first part of the course we will approach some fundamental topics for the understanding of the following issues, such as: what are the subjects of the literary system of modernity, how this system develops in relation to the publishing system, which are the hegemonic literary genres in modernity and what correspondence there is with genres or editorial segments.
In the second part the areas of influence of the editorial work on the literary one will be analysed, in relation to the creation of the book (paratext in function of presentation, interpretation and promotion of the texts by a publisher). This year's course, in particular, proposes an articulated reflection on the canonization processes that book publishing started during the twentieth century and in relation to this same century.
Finally, during the course, time will be dedicated to the reading / evaluation of narrative texts.
1. La mediazione editoriale, a cura di Cadioli, Decleva, Spinazzola, edizione Lampi di Stampa.
2. Marta Occhipinti, Intorno al libro. Storie di quarte e di risvolti, Milano, Unicopli, 2017.
3. Alberto Casadei, Il Novecento, Bologna, il Mulino.
4. Other critical and narrative materials that will be uploaded to the ellydusic platform
Lectures, which will take place in class, teaching will develop
theoretical reasoning, accompanied by specific examples from
literary history. To make several examples clearer, we will make use of the
projection of cover images, and other paratextual elements. The final
part of the course involves the participation of people who work in the publishing world, who will provide a concrete image of their skills, abilities and cultural resources required in a publishing house nowadays.
Assessment methods and criteria
The final evaluation will be expressed in thirties and will take into account the knowledge of contemporary Italian literature, and the oral
examination, which will focus on materials developed during the course
and in the bibliography.