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I promessi sposi. History, issues, current events
I promessi sposi. Storia, questioni, attualità

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Salvatore Ritrovato on appointment

Assigned to the Degree Course

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

Modern literature is presented within a European temporal and geographical scenario, starting from the foundation of the 'modern' (with Cervantes and Shakespeare), up to the advent of capitalist society. Within this scenario, and in the perspective of a historical-philological study, not devoid of comparative openings, of the topics addressed, the student can reach a deeper conception of the roots of "modernity" as it develops from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, in the conflict of different cultural and socio-economic models, between the religion of progress and colonial ideology. Accustomed, therefore, to the direct reading of Italian texts within a European horizon, and to interrogate them on the basis of a conscious reflection on the methods used for their interpretation, the student will be able to integrate and rearticulate, in the sign of complexity, their knowledge about literature and to manage them with rigor and passion, as befits a subject that does not ask to be neutral, inert, opaque, but proposes itself, thanks to the cultural depth of its texts, as a dialectical junction between memory and fictional.


Humanity, figure and work of Alessandro Manzoni in its historical context. His luck and bad luck. Full reading of the Promessi sposi and the History of the infamous column.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The aim of the course is to allow the student (a) an ability to integrate knowledge and manage the complexity of the issues addressed in the context of a European historical-cultural and critical-literary horizon, as well as to formulate judgments on the basis of learning and reflection on the critical methodologies developed during the twentieth century (from historicism to gender and intercultural studies), including reflection on the social and ethical responsibilities of the literary text linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments; therefore (b) the possibility of communicating in a clear and unambiguous manner the arguments and possibly the conclusions (assuming it is possible to conclude), including the underlying rationale, to both specialist and non-specialist interlocutors; finally, (c) the ability to develop those critical and didactic skills that allow you to continue studying independently, in view of the possible continuation of studies 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

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons; analysis of films and audiovisual materials; class discussions of the texts used; in-depth seminars on the topics of the course; laboratory.


A good starting point is required for Italian literature, its periodization, major issues, and literary forms and genres, as prescribed in the modern and contemporary Italian literature course of the triennial.

Students must attend at least 80% of the lessons and all seminar activities included in the sum of the course hours.

Course books

A good commented edition of Alessandro Manzoni's Promessi sposi and of the Storia della colonna infame. 

Critical Bibliography: Ezio Raimondi, La dissimulazione romanzesca. Saggio di antropologia manzoniana (Il Mulino). 

Choice: Franco Suitner, Un'idea dei Promessi sposi (Carocci) or Pierantonio Frare, Leggere I promessi sposi (Il Mulino).

Other bibliographic indications will be provided during the lessons.


Oral exam interview.

Students will be assessed through the following criteria: (1) knowledge of the topics, (2) ability to reason appropriately on the topics proposed at the interview, (3) ability to present the arguments with language properties.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


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Course books

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Oral exam interview.

Students will be assessed through the following criteria: (1) knowledge of the topics, (2) ability to reason appropriately on the topics proposed at the interview, (3) ability to present the arguments with language properties.

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