cod. 1006239

Academic year 2019/20
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

Knowledge and ability to understand: students will acquire knowledge and understanding skills in the field of Greek literature, with the acquisition of a solid knowledge of its diachronic development, then the basic concepts of Romance linguistics and Romance literature, with reference to the its classic models, and will be able to read and translate the texts of the course and other simple texts.
- Knowledge and understanding skills applied: the students will be able to apply the knowledge and understanding skills useful to the institutional preparation of Greek literature; then, to comment on the texts of the course and to establish simple links between the Romance languages ​​and literatures and their classical antecedents. Appropriate skills will be acquired to understand the most conspicuous problems of interpretation, through the possession of bibliographic tools. Ability to understand and skills in solving problems related to new or unfamiliar subjects, belonging to larger or interdisciplinary contexts related to their field of study will be strengthened.
- Autonomy of judgment: students will develop the ability to collect and interpret data useful for determining independent judgments in Greek literature and Romance literature, including transversal reflections on cultural and intercultural, scientific or ethical issues related to them. They will be able to integrate knowledge, manage complexity and make judgments based on limited or incomplete information. - Communication skills: thanks to the attention for communication skills and in particular on the development and use of mediation skills, students will be able to communicate certain information. They will be able to formulate conclusions clearly, supported by knowledge. They will also be able to explain the underlying rationale behind their conclusions.
- Ability to learn: thanks to the general teaching system, students will develop the learning skills necessary to continue to study, in an autonomous and predominantly self-directed way, in ongoing and continuous training courses.


GL mod. A: there will be a preparatory course ("Greco zero"), addressed to those who have not previously dealt with the study of the Greek language (IDEA project). The previous basic knowledge of Greek language and literature is not mandatory.
RL: basic skill in literature and linguistics.

Course unit content

Greek Literature (= GL) "mod. A"GL mod. A: Euripides' Medea: text and interpretation.
Romance Literatures (= RL): 
Selected texts, read and commented by the teacher, from various literary genres, with special attention paid to galloromance and iberic literature.

Full programme

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GL mod. A: For the text and the translation of the work above mentioned, reference editions will be recommended at the beginning of the course. For the institutional part of the examination: History of Greek literature; two works at choice; optionally, an essay at choice) and see the extended program (PDF online at ELLY and in classroom from the beginning of the course).
RL: Paolo Gresti, Introduzione alla linguistica romanza, Bologna, Pàtron, 2016.
Furio Brugnolo, Roberta Capelli, Profilo delle letterature romanze medievali, Roma, Carocci, 2011 (or later reprints), chap. 1, 2 and 6.
Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher.

Teaching methods

GL mod. A: The teaching method in use is appropriate to the specific needs of the subject which requires the communication of the main course contents through classes; discussion with the students about textual and exegetical problems; tutorial programs for the students.
RL: Taught lessons: reading, translation and commentary of texts given at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

GL mod. A: students will be assessed by an oral examination based on the readings and other material used in the course and that will be administered at the end of the course. The assessment aims to test: 1) proper knowledge and critical understanding of the main themes of the history of the Greek literature (6/12 CFU); 2) oral proficiency; correct use of language; ability to give proper answers to the questions. In more detail:
a fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.
RL: The exam consists of an oral examination; questions are of 3 kinds:
- test of reading, translation and linguistic analysis of a text chosen from the course;
- test on linguistical competence;
- test on the literary and historical context.
The 3 sets of questions will equally concur to the final note (in 30 scale); it is necessary to have a satisfactory note (18/30) in each set.
The student is immediately told of his note.
A pass (18-23/30) is determined by the student’s possession of the basic contents of the course; middle-range scores (24-27/30) corresponds to good level of knowledge and to the ability in making simple links and apply it to problem solving; higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) correspond to developed abilities and competence in making links among different languages and literatures.

Other information

The course is in blended mode. 
Anyway, it is highly recommended to attend it, since Greek Literature can be new, and Romance Philology is certainly new, and not a easy matter, because given texts are in 3 different languages (French, Provençal, Spanish), each one different from the contemporary language.