Italian literature and culture [CInt M-Z] (2020/2021)

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

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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.


The course aims to investigate the evolution of the genre of the epistolary novel in Italy between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
After a first overview aimed at outlining the birth of the genre in Italy and in Europe, through the study of the major critical contributions and the anthological reading of some exemplary texts, the course will focus on three emblematic texts of our tradition: Storia di una capinera, by Giovanni Verga; Before Dying, by Marchesa Colombi and Allegory of November, by Aldo Palazzeschi.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Aldo Palazzeschi Allegoria di novembre, in Id., Tutti i romanzi, a cura e con introduzione di Gino Tellini e con un saggio di Luigi Baldacci Milano, Mondadori 2005
Laurent Versini Le romain épistolaire Paris, PUF 1979
Marchesa Colombi Prima morire, a cura di Riccardo Reim Milano, Otto/NOvecento, 2014
Giovanni Verga Storia di una capinera Milano, Feltrinelli 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam, consisting of two open questions, one of which will surely be a textual analysis of a previously studied work.