cod. 1007458

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
VOCE Stefania
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Course unit structured in the following modules:

Learning objectives

The course of Medieval and Humanistic Latin Literature provides specific and in-depth knowledge in the language and literature of the middle age. and of the following period of humanistic rebirth. Overall, the teaching aims to achieve the following training objectives, according to the Dublin Descriptors:

Knowledge and understanding (knowledge and understanding)
The teaching of medieval and humanistic Latin literature will allow students to acquire advanced content and methodological skills as well as critical understanding of literary texts in Latin. Knowledge and skills will be achieved through attendance at lectures, individual study and possible preparation of reports on specific subjects or in-depth bio-bibliographic cards.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding (applying knowledge and understanding
Students must acquire the ability to face the reading of the work of the chosen author with the methodological tools provided during the lessons and to apply these skills to other literary contexts and texts.

Making judgments (making judgments)
At the end of the course the students, on the basis of the analytical knowledge of both theoretical and linguistic and literary systems, will be able to examine and critically interpret the philological, linguistic and literary texts and problems that reside in them, in order to formulate their own hypotheses and independent judgments on the contents and on the socio-cultural context of reference.

Communication skills
At the end of the course the students will be able to clearly express, using a technical language, information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialist interlocutors. They will be able to formulate conclusions clearly and will also be able to explain the underlying rationale behind their conclusions.

Learning skills (learning skills)
The study of literature and the medieval and humanistic language helps to obtain methodological, analytical and critical knowledge and skills aimed not only at the completion of the final thesis at the end of the course of study, but also at the insertion in an appropriate manner in the world of work tout court and teaching in particular.


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Course unit content

The course is structured as follows: a) framing of medieval and humanistic Latin literature; b) the medieval chronicle; c) epic and lyrical between the 300 and '400.

Full programme

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Edoardo D'Angelo, La letteratura latina medievale: una storia per generi, Roma 2009/Paolo Chiesa, La letteratura latina del medioevo. Un profilo storico, Roma, Carocci editore, 2017.
La città e le sue metamorfosi, a cura di Stefania Voce, Bologna, Pàtron, 2020.
Italian literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries: knowledge of Italian literature from Dante to Bembo. For the general part relating to the history of Italian literature, we recommend: Storia della letteratura italiana. Il Trecento, a cura di E. Malato, Roma, Salerno 1995 (cap. X Francesco Petrarca); Il Quattrocento, a cura di E. Malato, Roma, Salerno 1996 (capitoli: II parr. 1- 13, e 23-24; IV (parr. 1-10); V (parr. 1-3); VII (ALL).
Natura che m'ispiri. Alcuni percorsi letterari, linguistici, archeologici, geografici, a cura di Stefania Voce. Bologna, Pàtron, 2019.
In addition to the humanistic literature manual, one of the following two volumes:
G. Cappelli, L'Umanesimo italiano da Petrarca a Valla, Roma, Carocci, 2018.
G. M. Anselmi, Letteratura e civiltà tra Medioevo e Umanesimo, Roma, Carocci, 2011.

Teaching methods

Lessons will be organised in presence; some Latin texts will be read, translated and commented. In addition to a literary historical overview of the medieval age, the forms of the Chronicle of Salimbene de Adam will be analysed. With regard to the Humanistic Latin Literature module, poems and passages from epic works, in which the imprint of the classics is recognisable, will be examined. Students will be required to produce their own individual papers on topics of their choice or bio-bibliographical sheets. The slides used to support the lectures will be uploaded onto the Elly platform. The slides are considered an integral part of the teaching material.

Assessment methods and criteria

This is verified by means of an oral test and the presentation of the research in itinere or during the final examination, during which the general knowledge of medieval literature and the acquisition of content and methodological skills as well as the critical understanding of the proposed Latin text will also be examined. The ability to apply these skills to other literary contexts and texts will also be tested.
The final mark will be calculated from the arithmetic mean of the partial marks of the two courses.
An insufficient mark is determined by a lack of knowledge of the minimum course content; an inability to express oneself in a manner appropriate to the subject matter; a lack of autonomous preparation; an inability to solve problems related to finding information and decoding texts; as well as an inability to formulate judgements independently and to communicate content, analysis and judgements in an argued, competent and convincing manner to both specialists and non-specialists. A sufficient mark (18-23/30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the assessment indicators listed above; average marks (24-27/30) are awarded to the student who demonstrates a more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) level of the assessment indicators listed above, the highest marks (28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded on the basis of demonstration of an excellent to excellent level of the assessment indicators listed above

Other information

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