Italian Literature [Cognomi M-Z] (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Cristina Cappelletti
Cristina Cappelletti
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce to the study of Italian literature through the analysis of significant works especially considering their relationships with foreign literary traditions. At the end of the course the student will be able to - contextualize, understand and comment on a literary text; - move with competence in the framework of the Italian literary tradition and its main thematic and formal characteristics, with attention to the intersections with the European literature.


Introduction to the Italian literature of the eighteenth century. The student will be know the main lines of Italian literary history in the eighteenth century, with particular reference to the authors and the genres taught during the lesson.
Birth and dissemination of consumer goods in the 18th century: journalism, novel, comedy, opera theater, particularly in Venice, there is a rapid and fortunate dissemination of journalism, not just the learned, of the novel, which - though not achieving the results of the European novel coevo - still has its fortune, even editorial. The eighteenth century is the century of the reform of the comedic and widely spread European theater of the melodrama. The course intends to show the developments in consumer literature, through the analysis of some significant texts, with particular attention to their fortune in the European context.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Pietro Chiari Il filosofo immaginario QuiEdit 2020
Alberto Beniscelli Il Settecento il Mulino 2005 978-88-15-10630-8
Carlo Goldoni La locandiera, qualsiasi edizione commentata Marsilio, Mondadori, Einaudi 2010
Lorenzo da Ponte Memorie. I libretti mozartiani Garzanti 2014

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination, that will be articulated in three open-ended questions with a limited number of lines. One of the questions will concern the commentary on a piece of work that was examined during the course; the other questions will concern the concepts discussed in the bibliography above.
Exam duration: 120 minutes.