The aim of the seminar is to develop critical thinking and reading. By the end of the course, students will have learned how to assess source material and use it to construct historical arguments. Through the development of critical reading skills, students will learn to take positions on the broad historical issues addressed in the class.
More particularly, during the course, the students learn to:
a) know the recent scientific literature about history of reading and censorship in early modern period
b) understand and analyze essays and sources characterized by stratified levels of meaning and complexity in terms of both formal and cultural/ideological elements
c) research autonomously for further information on the covered topics using both printed and digital bibliography, together with iconographical sources.
d) make informed judgements, based on an accurate decoding of the texts and on the understanding of the historical and cultural context in which they were conceived
e) communicate and discuss contents, analysis and judgments using the appropriate registry and the specific language and terminology of the historical disciplines
f) making the best use of the time available for their presentationSound Knowledge of early modern History, critical analysis of the sources, consciousness of the difference between History and Historiography, use of footnotes. Students lacking these knowledge and skills may individually contact the teacher in order to receive guidance on preparatory readings.