Italian literature and culture [Tur] (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Salvade'
Anna Maria Salvade'
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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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.


This couse focuses on the main features of the poetry of Giacomo Leopardi, one of the most important representatives of the nineteenth century literature. First, the poet and his work will be contextualised, then the most significant "Canti" will be read and analysed: political poems written at the beginning of Leopardi's career, idylls, the last satyrical and argumentative poems.

Additional material, a detailed program and precise bibliographical references will be published on the e-learning platform.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Leopardi Canti Newton Compton 2014 9788854168145 Va bene qualsiasi altra edizione dei Canti, purché integrale (consigliate anche le edizioni Feltrinelli, a cura di Ugo Dotti, e Carocci, a cura di Andrea Campana)
Attilio Brilli In viaggio con Leopardi il Mulino 2000
F. D'Intino - M. Natale (a cura di) Leopardi Carocci 2018 9788843092673 si studi con particolare attenzione il capitolo di M. Natale dedicato alla poesia, pp. 21-61

Assessment methods and criteria

- Target: to check the possess of knowledges and competences acquired during the course

- Contents: texts read and analyzed during the course; cultural and biographical contexts involved in texts' genesis

- The proof will be a oral exam will evaluate linguistic skills, the ability to critically discuss and textual analysis

- Evaluation: the mark will be expressed out of 30 (thirties)