cod. 1009398

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Critica letteraria e letterature comparate (L-FIL-LET/14)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding.
The course aims at strengthening the basic knowledge of literary study, opening the way for a specialized field, and promoting the development of original statements about the thematic net described throughout the course itself.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
The study of literary methods, the learning of the genre theories, and finally the comparative approach elicit the development of the capacity to understand and connect literary facts, in a profoundly interdisciplinary perspective.
Making judgements.
By the end of the course students ought to have acquired the capacity to carefully value the complexity of literary text, critically interpreting their structural elements, the morphological similarities and differences between them. They should also have acquired particular intepretive and comparative abilities about the historical and socio-cultural contexts to which those artistic documents belong.
Communication skills.
By the end of the course students should have conceived the capacity to describe literary texts on the basis of the genre theories and supranational literary study, developing a personal, reliable and consistent way of reading.
Learning skills.
The commitment shown in acquiring competences and learning should provide the students with a definite methodological competence as well as with skills aimed at consolidating their set of readings, their capacity to understand and schematize the dynamics of literary facts – all necessary skills in order to organize contents into the written form.


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Course unit content

On the borders of life and fiction: a hybrid territory

Fiction and nonfiction: the title of a recent collection of essays, edited by Riccardo Castellana, opens to an inflamed critical debate. How may we define the border – as well as the crossing of borders – between fiction and what lies beyond its domain, i.e. essays, memoirs, works of political and social investigation, nonfiction as related to new journalism? And what of such hybrids as autofiction, a novelistic form that can be defined, borrowing Walter Siti’s words, as «an autobiography of facts that did not take place»?

Full programme

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1. Castellana (a cura di), Fiction e non fiction. Storia, teorie e forme, Carocci
2. Capote, A sangue freddo, trad. A. Rollo, Garzanti
3. Stajano, Il sovversivo. Vita e morte dell’anarchico Serantini, disegni di Costantino Nivola, Il Saggiatore
4. Sciascia, L’affaire Moro, Adelphi
5. Ernaux, Gli anni, trad. L. Flabbi, L’Orma

Further readings will be available on the Elly webpage of the course.

Teaching methods

We will privilege such methods as frontal lessons, and guided textual readings. Furthermore, lessons will be temporarily available on the Elly webpage of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exams, held in presence and/or, if necessary, via Teams. Questions will firstly regard the handbook, in order to subsequently involve themes, plot turns, the development of characters, as inferable from the reading of literary texts.Evaluation: 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.

Other information

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