cod. 1007458

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
VOCE Stefania
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

The course of Medieval and Humanistic Latin Literature provides specific and in-depth knowledge in the language and literature of the middle age. and of the following period of humanistic rebirth. Overall, the teaching aims to achieve the following training objectives, according to the Dublin Descriptors:

Knowledge and understanding (knowledge and understanding)
The teaching of medieval and humanistic Latin literature will allow students to acquire advanced content and methodological skills as well as critical understanding of literary texts in Latin. Knowledge and skills will be achieved through attendance at lectures, individual study and possible preparation of reports on specific subjects or in-depth bio-bibliographic cards.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding (applying knowledge and understanding
Students must acquire the ability to face the reading of the work of the chosen author with the methodological tools provided during the lessons and to apply these skills to other literary contexts and texts.

Making judgments (making judgments)
At the end of the course the students, on the basis of the analytical knowledge of both theoretical and linguistic and literary systems, will be able to examine and critically interpret the philological, linguistic and literary texts and problems that reside in them, in order to formulate their own hypotheses and independent judgments on the contents and on the socio-cultural context of reference.

Communication skills
At the end of the course the students will be able to clearly express, using a technical language, information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialist interlocutors. They will be able to formulate conclusions clearly and will also be able to explain the underlying rationale behind their conclusions.

Learning skills (learning skills)
The study of literature and the medieval and humanistic language helps to obtain methodological, analytical and critical knowledge and skills aimed not only at the completion of the final thesis at the end of the course of study, but also at the insertion in an appropriate manner in the world of work tout court and teaching in particular.


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Course unit content

The course is structured as follows: a) framing of medieval and humanistic Latin literature; B)Magical herbs, healing herbs. Ancient beliefs about the medieval "herbalist" and the care of the gardens, with particular reference to the gardens of the monastery of St. Gall and through the reading and the comment of the Hortulus of Walahafrido Strabone.; C) The Elegy and the Epigram in the humanistic age

Full programme

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Edoardo D'Angelo, La letteratura latina medievale: una storia per generi, Roma 2009.
2) La letteratura italiana del Trecento e del Quattrocento: knowledge of Italian literature from Dante al Bembo. For the general part relating to the history of Italian literature, we recommend: Storia della letteratura italiana. Il Trecento, a cura di E. Malato, Roma, Salerno 1995 (cap. X Francesco Petrarca); Il Quattrocento, a cura di E. Malato, Roma, Salerno 1996 (capitoli: II parr. 1- 13, e 23-24; IV (parr. 1-10); V (parr. 1-3); VII (tutto).

Teaching methods

The teaching activities alternate lectures with in-depth seminars. Beyond a historical literary overview of the medieval age, the techniques of cultivation of medieval gardens will be illustrated, especially those annexed to the monasteries, in which the hortus was designed according to ancient principles, preferring some types of plants that were placed following a precise pattern . For this reason, we will refer to Walahfrido Strabone and his poem "De cultura hortorum", from which we will read passages concerning some of the richest plants of symbolism and also of healing and magical properties, according to the ancient beliefs of the Middle Ages. With regard to the Humanistic Latin Literature module, authors of elegies and epigrams will be examined (Pontano, Landino, Marullo) in which the imprint of the classics is strongly recognizable. Individual examinations will be requested of the students who will produce their own works on selected subjects or bio-bibliographic cards. The slides used to support the lessons will be uploaded to the Elly platform. The slides are considered an integral part of the teaching material.

Assessment methods and criteria

The student's work will be evaluated on the basis of:
-Papers presented during classes,
-Papers presented at the final exam, where general knowledge of medieval and humanistic literature wil be evaluated, so as the comprehension of the latin text (context, content and meanin) wil be tested.
The assessment takes place through an oral test and the exhibition of the ongoing research or during the final exam, during which the general knowledge of medieval literature and the acquisition of content and methodological skills as well as the critical understanding of the Latin text will also be examined. proposed. The ability to apply these skills to other literary contexts and texts will also be verified.
The final score will be calculated from the arithmetic average of the partial scores of the two courses.
An assessment of insufficiency is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course; from the incapacity to express themselves adequately to the topic; from the lack of autonomous preparation; from the inability to solve problems related to the retrieval of information and the decoding of texts; as well as the inability to make judgments in an autonomous way and to communicate contents, analyzes and judgments in a reasoned, competent and convincing way both to specialists and non-specialists. Sufficient evaluation (18-23 / 30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the aforementioned evaluation indicators; the average scores (24-27 / 30) are awarded to the student who proves to have a level more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30) of the above evaluation indicators, the highest scores ( from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded based on the demonstration of a level from excellent to excellent of the above evaluation indicators

Other information

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