Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding faculty.
At the course’s end the student shall be able to read analytically the ekphrasical writing, detecting the different levels stratification : aesthetic, historical-philosophical, historical-artistic and critical-artistic. Besides the student shall be able to analyse and discuss the relationship between ekphrasical writing and art’s theoretical materialism and to include the Diderot’s descriptions within the social cultural context, in order to achieve the Salons by Diderot novelty and originality elements.
Applying knowledge and understanding ability
The student, at the course end shall be able to correctly apply the cognitive contents learnt at the Salons sections which haven’t been read or analysed by the teacher, and to be able to enunciate clear and logically coherent explanations.
By means of the lessons and seminars in-depth study frequent participation (in which different perspectives will be compared and of which will be suggested optional readings) and by means of the personal study, the student will be urged to interiorize the matters, to develop a critical reading and an independent judgement concerning the categories and the aesthetic theories covered during the lesson.
During the active participation in the lessons the student shall be able to communicate in a coherent manner elucidation and in-depth analysis questions, comments. The written report drawing up, following description and discussion together with the teacher, will involve and consolidate the student’s communication abilities.
The final examination will consist on the analysis of the critical literature mentioned in the base bibliography and on a written paperwork discussion regarding a research subject detected during the course progress. The student shall prove methodological capabilities in the research scientifically setting, indicating the investigation procedures; besides he shall demonstrate learning capability, correctly using the course’s contents.
A specific base dictionary knowledge is required, regarding the main categories and the methodology which characterizes the discipline.
Course contents summary
The course will concern the Taste’s aesthetic concept. In the beginning it will be taken into examination the origin of such concept in the modern aesthetics, underlining the relationship between natural and cultural constituents. Later on it will be considered the physiological meaning which assumes the taste’s concept in the Diderot’s materialistic aesthetics. It will be shown the relationship between the taste and the memory’s and imagination’s organic faculties and the importance that the art assumes like expressive and formative form of the perceptible and gustative experience. The taste will be revealed like an essential category to understand the connection between body and mind, between experience and representation.
E. Franzini, L’estetica del Settecento, Bologna, Il Mulino, ultima edizione.
M. Mazzocut-Mis (a cura di), con la collaborazione di M. Bertolini, R. Messori, C. Rozzoni, P. Vincenzi, Entrare nell’opera: i Salons di Diderot. Selezione antologica e analisi critica, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2012.
L. Russo (a cura di), Il Gusto. Storia di una idea estetica, Palermo, Aesthetica ed., 2000.
D. Diderot, Il sogno di D'Alembert, Milano,Bur, ultima edizione.
Besides the main traditional lessons, seminars will be held regarding
subjects which study in depth the knowledge by teachers from the same
discipline or from other sectors, in order to foster a comparison between
different perspectives. During the lesson, some slides will be projected
with images, bibliographical references from suggested texts, and
diagrams synthesising some essential points in the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination includes a written and an oral section. The thesis,
whose subject shall be agreed upon with the teacher, will be discussed
during the oral examination’s first session. There will be a lesson held at
the course’s end devoted to the thesis. The oral thesis will be regarding
the base bibliography and the subjects covered during the lessons.
Attendance is highly recommended. During the lessons and in particular during the seminars, the students will be urged to actively participate.
Projected slides will be available for students along with lesson notes.