Italian literature and the international context (2014/2015)

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, 2014 al Jan 10, 2015.

Lesson timetable

I semestre
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.10  
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall S.10  

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 XVI, XVII and XVIII Century.


The course will be dedicated to the tradition of the works of Erasmus of Rotterdam in Italy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. It will examine in particular the circulation of works of Eramo in Italy even after their controversial inclusion in the Index of prohibited books, comparing the Italian case the situation in other European countries.


Silvana Seidel Menchi, Erasmo in Italia (1520-1580), Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1987 e 1990.
Eadem, Whether to Remove Erasmus from the Index of Prohibited Books: Debates in the Roman Curia, 1570-1610, «Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook», 20 (2000). pp. 19-32.

Eadem, Dare corpo alla saggezza antica. Elementi figurativi e monumentali della ricezione di Erasmo, in Alberto Pio da Carpi contro Erasmo da Rotterdam nell’età della Riforma. Atti della giornata internazionale di studi a c. di M. A. Marogna, Pisa, ETS, 2005, pp. 27-46.

Fabio Forner, Gli erasmiani, gli anti erasmiani e la Bibbia, in La Bibbia nella letteratura italiana. Opera diretta da Pietro Gibellini, volume V dal Medioevo al Rinascimento, a cura di Grazia Melli e Marialuigia Sipione, Brescia, Morcelliana, 2012, pp. 415-34.

Idem, L'eretica ironia, in Religione e politica in Erasmo da Rotterdam, a cura di A. Enzo Baldini e Massimo Firpo, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2012, pp. 171-186.

Further references will be announced 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