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CAMPARATIVE LITERATURE
LETTERATURE COMPARATE

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Antonio Tricomi After each class
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures (LM-14 / LM-15)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

The course is designed to foster students’ ability to analyse the similarities and differences across various western cultures and literatures, especially in the modern era. To this end, the course will cover some of the most relevant literary representations of pandemics, going beyond the analysis of specific dystopian novels.

Program

1. Theoretical definition, genealogy, modern history and main current orientations of comparative literature.

2. Analysis of a number of chosen texts.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Comprehension and knowledge

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate good knowledge of the dynamics underlying the interrelations existing among the most important western literary genres, not only with regard to the contemporary age.

Applied knowledge

By the end of the course, students will be able to develop a critical approach to the analysis of literary texts, not only with regard to specific aspects of the subject, but also from a sociological perspective.

Critical thinking

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to develop a critical analysis and evaluation of the main literary texts studied during the course.

Communication skills

By the end of the course, students will have acquired an ability to communicate their own ideas concerning the literary works and the theoretical issues discussed in class in a way that is clear and accurate.

Learning skills

By the end of the course, students will have acquired an ability to study and independently decode texts and to carry out bibliographic research aimed at providing a reference guidance for the interpretation of literary works.

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

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

The course is based on frontal lessons. The teacher will provide students with theoretical foundations and will help them to develop subject-specific vocabulary. Based on learners’ interest, attitude and achievements, interactive lessons will be included in the course, in order to promote debate and critical thinking among students, using seminar-style teaching methods.

Course books

References

• Albert Camus, La peste, Milano, Bompiani, 2019

• Daniel Defoe, Diario dell’anno della peste, Roma, Elliot, 2014

• Mariangela Lopopolo, Che cos’è la letteratura comparata, Roma, Carocci, 2012

• Alessandro Manzoni, Storia della colonna infame, in Id., I promessi sposi. Storia della colonna infame, Torino, Einaudi, 2015, pp. 671-778

• Philip Roth, Nemesi, Torino, Einaudi, 2011

• José Saramago, Cecità, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2010

Optional readings

• Elisabetta Di Minico, Il futuro in bilico. Il mondo contemporaneo tra controllo, utopia e distopia, Milano, Meltemi, 2018, pp. 7-53, 121-138

• Jack London, La peste scarlatta, Milano, Adelphi, 2009

• Curzio Malaparte, La pelle, Milano, Adelphi, 2010

• Richard Matheson, Io sono leggenda, Milano, Mondadori, 2020

• Cormac McCarthy, La strada, Torino, Einaudi, 2014

• Edgar Allan Poe, La maschera della Morte Rossa, in Id., Opere scelte, a cura di Giorgio Manganelli, Milano, Mondadori, 191, pp. 513-520

• Mary Shelley, L’ultimo uomo, Milano, Jouvence, 2020

• M.P. Shiel, La nube purpurea, Milano, Adelphi, 1967

Assessment

The evaluation of students’ achievements is based on oral examinations. Learners’ knowledge of the subject and their ability to display critical thinking, using subject-specific language, will be assessed during the examination, through questions aimed at evaluating the acquisition of theoretical notions.

Students will be assessed through the following criteria: 1) knowledge of the subject; 2) ability to reason appropriately on the topic of the question; 3) ability to expose the contents of the subject using an appropriate language.

They will give rise to evaluations of excellence: the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to connect the main topics dealt with in the course; the use of an appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

They will give rise to discrete evaluations: the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and connection between the themes dealt with: the use of an appropriate language.

They will give rise to sufficient evaluations: the achievement of minimal knowledge on the subjects dealt with by the student, even if there are some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

They will give rise to negative evaluations: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam texts; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

References

• Albert Camus, La peste, Milano, Bompiani, 2019

• Daniel Defoe, Diario dell’anno della peste, Roma, Elliot, 2014

• Mariangela Lopopolo, Che cos’è la letteratura comparata, Roma, Carocci, 2012

• Alessandro Manzoni, Storia della colonna infame, in Id., I promessi sposi. Storia della colonna infame, Torino, Einaudi, 2015, pp. 671-778

• Philip Roth, Nemesi, Torino, Einaudi, 2011

• José Saramago, Cecità, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2010

Optional readings

• Elisabetta Di Mincio, Il futuro in bilico. Il mondo contemporaneo tra controllo, utopia e distopia, Milano, Meltemi, 2018, pp. 7-53, 121-138

• Jack London, La peste scarlatta, Milano, Adelphi, 2009

• Curzio Malaparte, La pelle, Milano, Adelphi, 2010

• Richard Mateson, Io sono leggenda, Milano, Mondadori, 2020

• Cormac McCarthy, La strada, Torino, Einaudi, 2014

• Edgar Allan Poe, La maschera della Morte Rossa, in Id., Opere scelte, a cura di Giorgio Manganelli, Milano, Mondadori, 191, pp. 513-520

• Mary Shelley, L’ultimo uomo, Milano, Jouvence, 2020

• M.P. Shiel, La nube purpurea, Milano, Adelphi, 1967

Assessment

The evaluation of students’ achievements is based on oral examinations. Learners’ knowledge of the subject and their ability to display critical thinking, using subject-specific language, will be assessed during the examination, through questions aimed at evaluating the acquisition of theoretical notions.

Students will be assessed through the following criteria: 1) knowledge of the subject; 2) ability to reason appropriately on the topic of the question; 3) ability to expose the contents of the subject using an appropriate language.

They will give rise to evaluations of excellence: the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to connect the main topics dealt with in the course; the use of an appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

They will give rise to discrete evaluations: the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and connection between the themes dealt with: the use of an appropriate language.

They will give rise to sufficient evaluations: the achievement of minimal knowledge on the subjects dealt with by the student, even if there are some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

They will give rise to negative evaluations: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam texts; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

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