Italian literature and culture [CInt A-L] (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Sonia Trovato
Sonia Trovato
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 30, 2019 al Jan 11, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

To acquire knowledge about:
- authors, works, texts and cultural or literary contexts; some texts among the most important for the national literary identity;
- resources needed to comprehend and interpretate texts;
- the theme of the relationship between writing and landscape.

To acquire competences in:
- reading poetry, also in an intertextual view.

At the end of the course students will be able to put the texts known in the adequate cultural context, and to analyze them focusing on the main formal aspects, main themes and the dynamic relationship that connects these two levels.


After providing an adequate historical picture of the changes that affect the companies of the Old Continent between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and their repercussions on intergenerational relations, we will start from the definition of "bildungsroman" and its literary cornerstones in Europe, to analyze the evolutions of the genre in Italy and the way in which some authors have been able to anchor the narrative of the transition from childhood to adulthood to the crucial moments of Italian political and cultural history (for example, national unity, fascism and resistance, the ferment politicians of the 1960s). Starting from the classics "Le confessioni di un italiano" by Nievo and I Malavoglia by Verga, we will then focus on more recent literary contributions, such as those of Moravia, Calvino, Morante, Bassani, Maraini, in whose works almost always the end of childhood coincides with the traumatic discovery of eros.

Lectures, with reading, analysis and discussion of the texts. The e-learning platform is active for sharing didactic support material.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Alberto Moravia Agostino Bombiani 2014 9788845277610
Giorgio Bassani Dietro la porta Feltrinelli 2013 9788807880117
Franco Moretti Il romanzo di formazione Einaudi 1999 9788806151331 Solo per i non frequentanti: cap. I-II; Appendice ("La crisi del romanzo di formazione europeo, 1898-1914").
Italo Calvino Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno Mondadori 2016 9788804668039
Dacia Maraini L'età del malessere Einaudi 2006 9788806181673
Elsa Morante L'isola di Arturo Einaudi 2014 9788806222642 Passi scelti: lettura integrale del cap. I; del cap. II solo i primi due paragrafi ("Un pomeriggio d'inverno" e "Arrivo in tre"; ultimo paragrafo ("Il piroscafo") dell'ultimo capitolo.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam, aimed at ascertaining the theoretical knowledge acquired, the ability of textual analysis and the acquisition of skills aimed at a critical comment on the proposed contents. The biobibliographic profiles of the authors in the program will be evaluated.

The texts in the program are indicated according to the most recent editions and will be referred to during the comment that will be made during the course. If already in possession of the students, we can refer to other editions.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with the University of Verona guidelines, during ​the 2020 summer session the assessment modality will be modified as follows: online written exam.