ITALIAN LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course intends to bring students into contact with subjects that make up a real and current object of study for the teacher, putting them directly in touch with the methods and problems of research and critical work. Attending students are asked to write a brief essay (short thesis paper) on an original subject, tied to the course theme and the specific interests of the student.
The following are mandatory prerequisites:
1. a good understanding of the main lines of development of literary activities in Italy, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Twentieth Century;
2. knowledge of the main metrical systems and most common rhetoric figures
3. sufficient ability to write topic essays.
Course contents summary
The course intends to deal with the problem of the literary use of proverbs and maxims through a sample selection form both medieval and modern times. Reflection of two often opposite cognitive approaches, and of an equally different way of considering exemplarity, in fact, proverbs and maxims are lodged throughout the text on several levels, to the point of determining important instrumental options.
For a theoretical picture of the problem dealt with in the course, the following in particular will be kept in consideration:
La scrittura aforistica, edited by G. Cantarutti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2001; Teoria e storia dell’aforisma, edited by G. Ruozzi, Milan, Bruno Mondadori, 2004. C. Lapucci, Introduzione, in Id., Dizionario dei proverbi italiani: con un saggio introduttivo sul proverbio e la sua storia, Florence, Le Monnier, 2006, pp. IX-XLII.
The specific bibliography regarding the subjects that students will want to investigate, selecting from an array of proposals presented in class, will be provided during the course.
Within the limits of the number of attending students, the course will be organised in two stages, through
(1) a certain number of introductory lessons (about 2/3 of the total number of class hours)
(2) the presentation and discussion of the seminar projects written by the students
Evaluation of the written projects will take several parameters into consideration.
1. proper and profitable use of the indicated bibliography
2. originality of the individual contribution to the bibliographic and thematic research
3. coherence of the points
4. correct and effective writing of the text.