cod. 1009417

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Letteratura italiana (L-FIL-LET/10)
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 will allow students to acquire theoretical knowledge on visual culture, on the ways in which words and images relate as well as on the narrative strategies of literary texts and their adaptations from an intersemiotic perspective.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
At the end of the course, students will be able to comment on the works presented in class in a as well as to master and independently apply some methodologies of intersemiotic analysis to literary texts.
Making judgments
At the end of the course, students will learn to adequately discuss and evaluate, with attention to the specific vocabulary and with independent judgment, the contents of the teaching and the works considered in class, also using the tools of intersemiotic analysis from an educational perspective.
Communication skills
At the end of the course, students will achieve the ability to master the expression of textual content, also knowing how to identify and communicate the elements of correlation between contents expressed in different media.
Learning skills
Students will acquire a certain methodological mastery and an expansion of the repertoire of knowledge useful for the refinement of their skills in transmedial reading, interpretation and use of texts from a didactic and educational point of view.


Basic knowledge of general literature and Italian literature.

Course unit content

Dreams, cards and “foolish stories of romances”. The chivalric poem as a storytelling and visual storytelling laboratory

From serial novels published between the 18th and 19th centuries to today's TV series, serial narration has been able to involve readers and viewers from with the promise of a narrative that can always find new directions and postpone indefinitely the end. In the Italian Renaissance this role was entrusted to the sagas of chivalry, narratives loved both by the courts and by the people, by those who could read and by those who were never tired of listening. In this course we will work on selected episodes of some classics of the narrative poem - Boiardo's Inamoramento de Orlando, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata - reading them through to 20th century rewritings by narrators such as Italo Calvino and Gianni Celati as well as through the work of illustrators and cartoonists, in order to offer a transmedial exploration of literary texts to be used in an educational perspective.

Full programme

The detailed program in preparation of the exam will be posted by the end of classes on Elly 2022/2023 portal.


Both the syllabus and the bibliography will be presented during the first class and from that moment on made available in the Elly 2022/2023 portal, where students will also have access to further readings (both mandatory and optional) in PDF format.

Teaching methods

The course consists of lectures, in some cases accompanied by the projection of images and short films, and seminar classes dedicated to the discussion of specific materials.

Assessment methods and criteria

At the end of classes there will be an oral exam on all the contents of the program.

The exam is considered insufficient in the event that the minimum knowledge of the teaching contents, the ability to autonomously re-elaborate, the ability to understand and analyze the literary texts and essays proposed as well as an adequate expressive and argumentative capacity are lacking. A sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by the acquisition of the minimum contents of the lessons and by a basic level of autonomous re-elaboration (including the ability to establish simple links between the works analyzed in class), by the acquisition of a minimum ability of textual analysis and a not solid command of the Italian language. Similarly, the intermediate scores (24-27/30) are assigned to those who demonstrate a more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27/30) level of the evaluation indicators listed above, while the Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 with honors) are assigned based on the demonstration of an excellent level. In particular, honors are assigned to students that reach the maximum score in the parameters indicated and that allow to detect, together with a solid autonomy of judgment, an excellent expressive and argumentative ability.

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