cod. 18553

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
- Isotta PIAZZA
Academic discipline
Letteratura italiana contemporanea (L-FIL-LET/11)
Lingua e letteratura italiana
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and Understanding
The teaching of Contemporary Italian Literature aims to strengthen the basic knowledge of literary study, promoting the critical and personal reading and interpretation of literary texts.
Applying Knowledge and Understanding
The study of the historical-literary dynamics of the twentieth century and the integral reading of the texts make it possible to develop the ability to understand and link the text to its context.
Autonomy of Judgement (making judgements)
At the end of the course, students should have developed the ability to carefully evaluate the complexity of literary texts, critically interpreting their media, thematic and stylistic elements, and having acquired particular interpretative skills regarding the historical and socio-cultural contexts in which these artistic testimonies are inserted.
Communication skills
At the end of the course, students should have a good understanding of how to describe literary texts on the basis of the theories of genres, themes and the supranational study of literature, knowing how to elaborate a personal, clear and coherent reading of the texts themselves.
Learning Skills
The commitment on the level of preparation and learning should give students a certain methodological mastery and useful skills to consolidate their repertoire of readings, the ability to understand and be able to reconstruct the dynamics of literary events, essential to elaborate the contents in the written production.


Those who throughout their Bachelor’s studies haven’t obtained a specific preparation in Contemporary Italian Literature, particularly concerning the Nineteenth and Twentieth century, will have to fill this gap on their own, possibly using a good and updated secondary school anthology.

Course unit content

The Narrative of Work in Hypermodern Literature
The course aims to offer the tools to read, interpret, historicize and evaluate contemporary fiction, starting from two complementary paths: in the first weeks of the lesson, the historical-literary coordinates necessary to frame the last decades of twentieth-century production and those of the new millennium will be provided, identifying (on the basis of Donnarumma's essay in the exam program) a postmodern season and a (more recent) hypermodern one. In the last weeks of class, a more specific path will be taken on hypermodern fiction, through a series of texts that share the theme of work. The course in question is therefore thought of as complementary to the course outlined by Prof. Catelli, and will flow into a joint seminar dedicated to the theme of work in twentieth-century and two-thousand-year-old literature.

Full programme

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1) Raffaele Donnarumma, Ipermodernità. Dove va la narrativa contemporanea, Bologna, il Mulino, 2014.
2) Other materials will be uploaded to the platform ellydusic:
3) Reading and analysis of these texts:
Michela Murgia, Il mondo deve sapere, Torino, Einaudi, 2017
Giorgio Falco, Ipotesi di una sconfitta, Torino, Einaudi, 2017.
4) Reading and analysis of two other texts of the student's choice, within a list of proposals that will be indicated at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

It is highly recommended that students attend both the introductory literary-historical part and (above all) the laboratory part dedicated to the reading of narrative texts. In particular, it is necessary that students actively participate in the proposed activities in order to implement their critical tools and to practice making value judgments.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

The average marks (24-27 / 30) come
assigned to the student who has a level more than
sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30)
The highest marks (from 28/30 to 30/30 and honors) are awarded based on the demonstration of a level from good to excellent in both parts of the exam.

Other information

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