The main learning outcome of the course is to provide students with a specialized and comparative knowledge of Spanish literature, of critical methodologies and textual analysis. Acquired competence and knowledge will be applied to interdisciplinary approaches, to the study of critical methodologies concerning textual reading, translation and the critical analysis of texts in Spanish, or to a high-level written production. Students will therefore acquire competences on the use of Spanish, both on the level of contents and on that of critical processes in intertextual and intercultural contexts. The aim is to prepare students for high-level professional outcomes or for further university developments, like PhD courses. Specific learning outcomes are as follows: Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students are expected to have acquired advanced knowledge on the history of Spanish literature and culture in its various expressions: forms, genres, and critical perspectives Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able to apply historical and literary knowledge, as well as acquired theoretical, didactic and methodological instruments to the fields of professional research, teaching of languages and literatures, literary translation, international cooperation and cultural promotion.
Motives and narrative structures: theory and practice in the Spanish Renaissance novel
The course intends to develop the analysis of the sub-genre of the Spanish chivalric novel starting from an approach to the history and morphology of narrative forms (the motifs). We will start from a historical consideration on the role of the romance of chivalry in the in the forms of western novel and romance (Pavel, The Lives of the Novel; Mazzoni, Theory of the Novel) and from the centrality of adventure as a cardinal motive of very long duration. The excursus is about problems such as the structure of the plot, the role of suspense, the seriality of the sagas. In addition to the explicitly scheduled critical texts, mention will be made of a wider critical reference bibliography:
Bachtin M., Estetica e romanzo, Torino, Einaudi. 1979.
Brooks, Peter. Trame: intenzionalità e progetto nel discorso narrativo. Torino G. Einaudi, 2004
Calabrese, Stefano. La suspense, Roma Carocci, 2016
Meneghelli, Donata. Senza fine: sequel, prequel, altre continuazioni: il testo espanso. Milano Morellini, 2018
Moretti, Franco. La letteratura vista da lontano, Torino G. Einaudi, 2005
Antología de libros de caballerías castellanos http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra/antologia-de-libros-de-caballerias-castellanos/
Cesare Segre, Tema/motivo, in Avviamento all'analisi del testo letterario Torino: Einaudi, 2019
(Materials will be made available on the e-learning platform)
History of literature and history of the novel:
L. Rodríguez Cacho, Manual of the history of Spanish literature. Vol. I, XIII-XVII centuries, Castalia
Guido Mazzoni, Teoria del romanzo Bologna Il Mulino, 2011 (only ch. I and II)
Thomas G. Pavel, Le vite del romanzo, Milano-Udine, Mimesis, 2015 (in esp (en esp.: Representar la existencia. El pensamiento de la novela, Barcelona, Critica)
|Cesare Segre||Avviamento all’analisi del testo letterario||Einaudi||1979|
|Thomas G. Pavel||Le vite del romanzo||Mimesis||2015|
|Lina Rodriguez Cacho||Manual de historia de la literatura española. Vol. I, Siglos XIII-XVII,||Castalia||2015|
|Guido Mazzoni||Teoria del romanzo||Il Mulino||2011|
Oral exam at the end of the course. During the course written reports according to the student's availability.
The reports and the final oral exams will be in Spanish and are intended to verify language ownership, analytical skills and depth of knowledge acquired.