Italian literature for publishing (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Fabio Forner
Fabio Forner
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 1, 2015 al Jan 9, 2016.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.8  

Learning outcomes

The main aim of this course is to give an introduction to the history of the Italian literature through the direct analysis of a corpus of texts on issues of particular interests. Special attention will be given to the authors of the Eighteenth century.


1) Introduction to Italian literature of the eighteenth century. The student will be required to know the main lines of the history of Italian literature in the eighteenth century: to prepare this part the studente could use a good history of Italian literature for the high schools; for example per esempio: ALBERTO BENISCELLI, Il Settecento, Il Mulino, Bologna. The student will have to pay particular attention to the following authors:Pietro Metastasio, Cesare Beccaria, Scipione Maffei, Lodovico Antonio Muratori, Gasparo Gozzi, Carlo Goldoni, Giuseppe Parini, Vittorio Alfieri. The student must know the content of at least two works of each author.
2) Literature, publishing and journalism in the Venice of the Eighteenth century. In this second part we will analyze the experiences of some literary journals of the eighteenth century and especially Il giornale de’ letterati d’Italia, the Raccolta d'opuscoli scientifici e filologici, the Memorie per servire all'istoria letteraria, the Spectator. Then we will focus on the works of the protagonists of the eighteenth-century publishing world as Scipione Maffei and Angelo Calogerà.
Rosa Maria Colombo, Lo Spectator e giornali veneziani del Settecento, Bari, Adriatica, 1966.

Giornali veneziani del Settecento, a cura di Marino Berengo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 1962.

Il «Giornale de' Letterati d'Italia» trecento anni dopo. Scienza, storia, arte, identità (1710-2010),Atti del convegno, Padova, Venezia, Verona, 17-19 novembre 2010, a cura di Enza del Tedesco, Pisa - Roma, Fabrizio Serra, 2012, in particolare pp. 165-174

Laura Carnelos, Con libri alla mano" : l'editoria di larga diffusione a Venezia tra Sei e Settecento, Milano, Unicopli, 2012

2) Additional references will be provided during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral examination evaluates a student’s overall preparation and the direct knowledge and analysis of texts. For students who attended lessons there will be a written test at the end of the course.

Teaching aids