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


A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Salvatore Ritrovato on appointment

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities. Literature, Arts and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: FILOSOFICO
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course intends to encourage the student to be able to (a) read, analyze and interpret the literary aesthetic work in relation to its time and tradition; (b) to know, with critical mastery of current methodologies, the issues, currents and works - both through the life of the authors and through the activity of magazines - that have characterized Italian literature from the second half of the nineteenth century to our own days; (c) describe and discuss the "canon" through a careful methodological reflection on the role of criticism in the system of contemporary culture; (d) investigate the relationship between literature, culture, politics and publishing in contemporary literary production and within individual works


1) analysis or commentary on the literary text? (paraphrase - metric-rhythmic structure - rhetoric)

2) periodizations and literary canons from the unity of Italy to the present day

3) the twentieth century, the century of anthologies

4) magazines

5) manifestos, poetics and guiding ideas: U. Saba, What remains to be done to poets - C. Bo, Literature as life - G. Manganelli, Literature as a lie; W. Siti, Against the commitment

6) maps and compasses for orientation in the contemporary laboratory

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student must demonstrate that he has acquired the following skills: a) reading, analysis and interpretation of a literary text, using knowledge and concepts that allow him to reason according to the specific logic of the discipline, but also to exceed the threshold, which risks closing the speech in a self-referential context; b) placing the work in its historical-cultural horizon and in dialectical conflict with tradition, identifying values and strengths, but also limits and criticalities; c) discussion on the themes that characterize contemporary artistic work in relation to its reception over the centuries and in different regions; d) reflection on the ambiguity of the new 'critical' mediation functions that the society of communication and information entail, as opposed to the specific task of the historical-materialistic, sociological, anthropological and critical-aesthetic judgement that the reader has the right to exercise against the pervasiveness of the entertainment society.

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


In order to be able to take the exam as attending students, students must attend at least 80% of the lessons and all seminar activities included in the sum of the hours of the course. Alternatively, contact the teacher.

Course books

To attend the exam, I recommend the foreign students not to follow the program provided for students of italian mother tongue (see the "Program" in the italian version), but to agree on a personalized program, commensurate with the their level of knowledge of italian.


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


Contact the teacher


Contact the teacher

Course books

Contact the teacher


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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