Romance philology (2020/2021)

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Anna Maria Babbi
Anna Maria Babbi
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I semestre (Lingue e letterature straniere) dal Sep 28, 2020 al Jan 9, 2021.

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Learning outcomes

By reading and analyzing literary texts written in diverse romance languages, the course of Romance Philology allows students to acquire and develop fundamental notions and knowledge in the fields of philology, historical linguistics and literature. It allows them to refine their ability to interpret and comprehend literary texts and to elaborate important elements of historical and cultural critical judgement. At the end of the course students will be able to autonomously confront with different levels of analysis to be applied to examined texts. They will also be able to prove their knowledge of disciplinary lexicon and to properly express the main contents of the course.


The course has in aim to offer an overview on the myth of Orpheus starting from the two great Augustan poets who treated it in their works: Virgil in the IV Georgic and Ovid in the X and XI books of the Metamorphoses respectively.
The course will then focus on the medieval re-reading of this myth, in particular on the first Old French translation French, the Ovide moralisé and the translations contained in the section of Boethius' Consolatio pholosophiae devoted to this myth (III, 12).
We will analyse the different interpretations of the myth of Orpheus up to contemporary literature, touching on the history of art, music and cinema.



- Virgilio, Georgiche, IV, vv. 453-527 (italian translation).

- Ovidio, Metamorfosi, libro X, vv. 1-85 ; Libro XI, vv 1-53 (italian translation)

- Ovide moralisé, Libro X e Libro XI (pdf available on moodle).

- Anna Maria Babbi, Orfeo, in Il mito nella letteratura italiana, P. Gibellini (ed), Percorsi. L’avventura dei personaggi, a cura di A. Cinquegrani, Brescia, Morcelliana, 2009, pp. 377-402.

- Le Metamorfosi di Orfeo, a cura di Anna Maria Babbi, Verona, Fiorini, 1999.

- Orfeo. Variazioni sul mito, a cura di Maria Grazia Ciani e Andrea Rodighiero, Venezia, Marsilio, 2004

- Cesare Magris, Lei dunque capirà, Milano, Garzanti, 2013.

Further bibliography will be made available during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Final oral examination.