Learning outcomes of the course unit
The first part of the course aims at introducing students to some of the most important critical instruments of text tradition.
The second part of the course, through selected readings, focuses on historical, cultural and literary dynamics of text tradition.
- Knowledge and understanding
Through specific class activities, seminars and lectures the course will provide students with critical understanding of the literary and cultural background of text tradition.
- Applying knowledge and understanding
The study of the historical context and the analysis of the most characterizing aspects of text tradition will provide students with a general understanding of the main cultural and literary developments of text tradition. Students will so be given the possibility to broaden their literary spectrum and to better place historical and literary issues in their proper context. This will possibly result in a more complete understanding of modern and contemporary text tradition-related issues.
- Making judgements
Thanks to the theoretical, linguistic and literary data acquired during classes, students should be able to critically read and interpret ancient texts, and thus be able to make personal judgements on text tradition-related issues.
- Communication skills
At the end of the course students should be able to:
1) properly present a variety of literary and cultural topics;
2) properly produce cross-sectional studies on different historical and literary topics.
- Learning skills
The course aims at providing students with methodological and learning skills useful for future employment (with particular reference to teaching and communication).
Course contents summary
The first part of the course will focus on the introduction to History of Classical tradition, institutions and critical methodology, with particular reference to intertextuality and hypertextuality.
The second part of the course will focus on the analysis of peculiar examples of tradition of classical and anticlassical texts.
1) S. Tatti, Classico: storia di una parola, Roma 2015;
2) Selection of papers (assigned during class).
Non-attending students must get in contact the the teacher for information on bibliography
The course consists of classroom lectures supplemented by weekly tutorials (live lectures to be recorded and uploaded on Elly).
Through classroom lectures students will be guided to a first methodological approach for the study of different text according to the specific features of literary genres and authors.
Classroom lectures will be supplemented by practice sessions and tutorials to support students in gaining the resources and skills needed to properly read and translate texts. Tutorial activities will be scaled up and down according to students’ abilities and needs.
Assessment methods and criteria
Students will be assessed by an oral comprehensive examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the term.
The assessment aims to test:
1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the history of classical tradition;
2) general understanding of the main cultural and literary developments of test tradition and of the readings and other material used during class;
3) ability to critically read and interpret ancient texts, and to make personal judgements on ancient works and on their social and cultural background;
4) ability to properly produce cross-sectional studies on different historical and literary topics.
Students will be assessed on:
written and oral proficiency; correct use of language; personal reinterpretation of contents; ability to make inter-disciplinary connections; proper use of specialist language; ability to give proper answers to given questions.
Students will have to score a minimum of 60 percent or better to get a pass grade.