cod. 1006565

Academic year 2017/18
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura italiana contemporanea (L-FIL-LET/11)
Discipline semiotiche, linguistiche e informatiche
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding.
The course will provide the students with a basic understanding of the rhetorical, stylistuc, thematic and ideological structures of literary, dramatic, and cinematic texts.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
By providing a constant guide to the activity of reading, and showing a specific interest in the single points of view, as expressed by the rewritings, the course aims at generating a peculiar consciousness of the way both characters and narrators voice one’s own vision of literature and of the world. Students should be able to apply their knowledge and interpretive skills to the classical tradition, as well as to a wider set of texts and artistic genres, developing a learned and critical spectatorship. A peculiar form of understanding will result from the practice of analysis of the processes of intersemiotic translation.
Making judgements.
By the end of the course, students should be able to apply their judgements to a theoretically grounded, supranational level of textual reading. They should also be able to show the capacity to correctly situating the texts in the epoch and cultural atmosphere which gave them life. Students will interpret them in a critically founded way, paying attention to narrative devices, themes, genres, poetics, as consistently employed by their authors.
Communication skills.
By the end of the course, students ought to show the capacity to master the expression of textual contents, knowing how to point out and communicate the identifying and connecting elements which run across a defined series of texts.
Learning skills.
Trained to read literary as well as artistic texts which belong to geographically and historically different cultures, students should develop critical skills, in order to successfully study the contemporary art panorama. They should also improve their judgement abilities about what they have learnt in order to structure their final dissertation, as well as to prepare themselves to the reading abilities, as required by the second cycle of studies.


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Course unit content

The crisis in masculinity: a theme for the arts of the Sixties

Among the various forms of crisis and revolution swarming through the second half of the XXth Century, the inflection of virility has been consistently shown by literature, from the aftermath of the Second World War onwards. The course will deal with a gender issue – the transformations as well as the unprecedented shades in contemporary masculinity, that now have come to a full visibility. Furthermore, we will address basic questions in the analysis of intersemiotic translations (from literary text to film), by looking at some fine examples of adaptation, by renowned directors. We will finally develop some reflections on the wide meaning that ‘adaptation’ seems nowadays to cover, within interart practices.

Full programme

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1. Bernardelli-Ceserani, Il testo narrativo, Il Mulino.

Fictional texts

2. Böll, Opinioni di un clown, Oscar Mondadori
3. Volponi, Memoriale, Einaudi
4. Buzzati, Un amore, Oscar Mondadori
5. Mastronardi, Il maestro di Vigevano, Einaudi
6. Ginzburg, Caro Michele, Einaudi


1. Antonioni, Le amiche (1955)
2. Petri, Il maestro di Vigevano (1963)
3. Zurlini, Il deserto dei Tartari (1976)
4. Monicelli, Caro Michele (1976)

NB: the content of the workshop, led by Dr Beatrice Seligardi, will be eventually communicated by the instructor herself.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons. Screening and analysis of films in the classroom.

Assessment methods and criteria


Other information

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