Italian literature and the international context (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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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 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 Fourteenth century.


The course will be dedicated to the tradition of the works of Francesco Petrarca in Europe between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries. Particular attention will be given to the case of the success of Latin and vernacular works of Petrarch in German, French and English spreaking countries.


Agostino Sottili, Il Petrarca e l'umanesimo tedesco, «Quaderni petrarcheschi», IX-X, (1992-1993), pp. 239-291.
Agostino Sottili, Il Petrarca nella cultura tedesca del Quattrocento, in Pétrarque en Europe XIVe-XXe siècle: dynamique d'une expansion culturelle, actes du XXVIe congrès international du CEFI, Turin et Chambéry, 11-15 décembre 1995 / études réunies et publiées par Pierre Blanc, Paris, Champion, 2001, pp. 595-622.
Fabio Forner, Ricordo di Agostino Sottili con alcune brevi note sulla diffusione di Petrarca in Germania, «Levia gravia», VI (2004), pp. 82-92.
Fabio Forner, La diffusione manoscritta delle opere petrarchesche oltre le Alpi: Dresda, «Studi petrarcheschi», XXII (2009), pp. 93-119.
Fabio Forner, Petrarca, un classico ‘moderno’, «Studi petrarcheschi», XXV (2012), pp. 167-202

Further references will be given 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.