cod. 18553

Academic year 2022/23
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

Dino Buzzati in the literary system.
A versatile and multifaceted intellectual, Dino Buzzati was a writer, journalist and painter, and he embodied the flexible and creative soul of the best Italian cultural industry of the twentieth century. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, the course offers a broad overview of literary production (ranging from short stories to novels, from comics to poetry), through a double path: a textual one, investigating themes, creative imagery and specificity of Buzzatian writing and the other, broader, aimed at the relationship that Buzzati has with the literary system of modernity (crossing of literary genres, relations with journalism, relations with literary criticism).
Alongside this monographic course, there will be some workshop-style lessons dedicated to reading, understanding and promoting recently or very recently published literary works.

Full programme

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The exam bibliography will be communicated at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Students are strongly advised to attend. In particular, students need to actively participate in the proposed activities in order to implement their own critical tools and 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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