Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Salvatore Ritrovato

Assigned to the Degree Course

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures (LM-14 / LM-15)
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Learning Objectives

The modern and contemporary literature class for “laurea magistrale” (master degree) it is not just a repetition of what has already been exposed in the “laurea triennale” (bachelor degree). Furthermore, it is not a mere strengthening of its knowledge. Infact, it involve a larger temporal and geographical setting, since the foundation of the 'modern' in Europe. A foundation that started in the first years of the seventeenth century, when the founders of European literature (Cervantes and Shakespeare) were in full swing and Italy witnessed the rapid decline of Renaissance humanism, before the discovery of new planetary and cosmic frontiers.

In front of this scenario, and in the perspective of a both historical-philological  and comparative study, the student come to a deeper conception of the "modern" as it is realized in the last century, the so-called "short century". During this time Western civilization arrives at a crucial point which combines progress and colonialism, awareness of crisis and political utopias. The direct reading of Italian texts in the European context and the reflection on the methods used for their interpretation, will make the students able to achieve a capacity to integrate and reorganize their knowledge. The latter will be manage with rigor and passion, as it is required by a matter that it is not neutral, inert, opaque, but it is proposed, thanks to the cultural depth of his lyrics, as a dialectical articulation between memory and imaginary.

Bridging Courses

It is required a good knowledge of modern and contemporary Italian literature: its periodization, major issues, forms and literary genres. This skills should be acquired in the bachelor course of modern and contemporary Italian literature.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the class the student will be able to: (a) Connect knowledges and manage the complexity of the issues both in the historical-cultural context and in the critical (European and Western) one; formulate personal opinions based on knowledges and critical methods developed during the twentieth century (from historicism to gender studies and intercultural approaches); reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities of the literary text. Then, (b) argue clearly the conclusions (if there is any) and the logic who support them both to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Finally, (c) use these critical skills to continue studying autonomously in view of further education or any professional application.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Dott. Emiliano Alessandroni will hold supporting seminars on methods of literary criticism

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Lectures, seminars, use of audio-visual material, conferences, congresses.


Student must attend at least 80% of lessons and all the seminars included in the course.

Course books

I. General section

a) From XVII century to XIX century: The birth of modernity (sec. XVII-XIX)

1) Giambattista Basile, Lo cunto de li cunti (scelta di fiabe)

2) Vittorio Alfieri, Mirra

3) Giosue Carducci, Rime e ritmi (a cura di M. Veglia, ed. Carocci, Roma, 2011)

II. Monographical section: Franco Fortini and the poetry of the XX°

Franco Fortini, I poeti del Novecento, a cura di D. Santarone, Donzelli, Roma, 2017

Franco Fortini, Tutte le poesie, a cura di L. Lenzini, Mondadori, Milano, 2014

Francesco Diaco, Dialettica e speranza, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2017


Oral examination.

The students will be equally judged according the following criteria: (1) Konowledge of the matter. (2) Capacity of reasoning adequately on the subject of the questions. (3) Capacity of exposing the matter with an appropriate use of the language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


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Course books

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