The course intends to initiate a critical reflection on Italian literature through the deepening of a theme and its treatment by some twentieth-century authors.
History and stories in the novel of the twentieth century
One of the peculiarities of the contemporary novel is that of looking critically at the nineteenth-century tradition of the historical novel, drastically dampening its didactic tones and intentions. The usefulness for Manzoni's memory is replaced by the narration of insignificant events, in which the great History is touched by the parables often descendants of characters with conspicuously anti-heroic features. Flaiano focuses on a moment that is not very edifying and almost ousted from national history - the war of conquest of Ethiopia - relying on the alienating prospect of an unnamed officer, harnessed in a series of paradoxical events. Pasolini recounts the distortions of the economic boom and the nascent consumer society through the life of expedients of a group of Roman villages. Tomasi di Lampedusa returns the traumatic passage from the Bourbon to the Savoy regime through the programmatic immobility of the melancholic Fabrizio Salina. Bassani deals with the autobiographical theme of the racial laws with a modest, reticent and pitiless style. Likewise, Fenoglio refuses the resistance rhetoric in the name of the fictional writing of a private matter, immersed "in the dense" of a demitized Resistance.
The aim of the course is to tackle some significant moments in Italian cultural history starting from the "glimpse" perspective of some of the most original authorial voices of contemporary literary tradition.
|Giorgio Bassani||Cinque storie ferraresi. Dentro le mura||Feltrinelli||2016|
|Giorgio Bassani||Gli occhiali d'oro||Feltrinelli||2013|
|Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa||Il Gattopardo||Feltrinelli||2013|
|Pier Paolo Pasolini||Ragazzi di vita||Garzanti||2016|
|Ennio Flaiano||Tempo di uccidere||Rizzoli||2013|
|Beppe Fenoglio||Una questione privata||Einaudi||2014|
Oral exam, aimed at ascertaining the theoretical knowledge acquired and the ability to analyze text.
N.B. The biobiographical profile of the authors in the program will be examined.
Non-attending students are also required to read Italo Calvino's Preface to the "Sentiero dei nidi di ragno", which can be found in any edition of the novel currently on the market.