Italian literature and the international context (2016/2017)

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Fabio Forner
Fabio Forner
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I SEMESTRE dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 21, 2017.

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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. Particular attention will be dedicated the dissemination of the works of Erasmus in Italy even after their controversial inclusion in Index of prohibited books. The Italian case will be compared to the situation in other European countries.


Silvana Seidel Menchi, Erasmo in Italia (1520-1580), Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1987 e 1990: capitoli 1-5; 11, 13 e 15.
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.

The student is also required to read and study Praise of Folly by Erasmus of Rotterdam in an edition with translation and annotated text.

Further bibliography 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.