Entertainment Studies (2012/2013)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Rita Severi
Rita Severi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
I semestre dal Oct 2, 2012 al Jan 12, 2013.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course will introduce the students to the most significant and historically important texts of the European theatre of the Fin de Siècle. Besides conducting a guided reading and discussion of the plays in the classroom, the students will learn how to apply current methodological analysis, from semantics to semiotics. Each attending student will have to produce a final paper on a play of his/her choice, on one of the relevant topics, themes, issues examined during the course.


Themes and Figures in Fin de Siècle European Theatre:
H. Ibsen, A Doll’s House (1879)
H. Strindberg, Miss Julie (1888)
O. Wilde, Salomé (1891)
M. Maeterlinck, Pelléas et Melisande(1893))
G. D’Annunzio, Francesca da Rimini (1901) (English ed. A. Symons)
Vernon Lee (Violet Paget), Ariadne in Mantua
No photocopies are allowed only online versions that are legally available.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is written and oral. Each attending student will prepare a final paper that has to be submitted 1 week before the oral exam. Attending students will have to discuss their paper and the authors studied during the course.
Non-attending students will take a written test which they have to pass in order to discuss the topics of the course in the oral exam.
Students are strongly advised to follow all the lessons and classroom activities.