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Introduction: This course aims to provide a modern critical reading of literary works, focusing the attention on poetry. The course will include an institutional section about specific areas of interests of the modern and contemporary Italian Literature. The comprehension of these subjects will enable students to compare a few recommended literary works to the traditional, canonical, linguistic, artistic and cultural system of the Ninetieth and Twentieth Century.


Learning: The module provides students with a scholastic understanding of chronological literary periods, a knowledge of basic historical and cultural events of the 19th and 20th Century and a widespread understanding of the Italian literary tradition. It also includes a basic comprehension about critical and methodological questions in the modern literature.

Skills: An accomplished understanding of the Italian language both written and spoken. A fluent, appropriate, spoken ability.


Module Description/Subject

Course on a single topic: Poetical Avant guard in the 20th Century

The course will be structured in two modules, each one of 30 hours. Those students who need 12 credits will be required to follow both the two modules, 6 credits require only the first module.

I Module: Historical avant-garde movements and prominent poets in the early Twentieth Century (30 hours).
This module includes a critical reading of selected poems written in the early Twentieth Century. Methodological and historiographical questions will be examined to provide students with the appropriate implements for the analysis of a poetic text. These methods will allow students to delineate analogies between different literary works and the most prominent avant-garde movements which emerged from the artistic and literary field in the early 20th Century.

II Module: Neo-avant garde movements and new poetic fields in the Italian culture during the Second post-war time (30 hours).
The module examines the most determinant poetic tendencies which emerged from the Second post-war time to the 1960's. Authors and texts are selected to give evidence of a new accomplished and renewed civil poetry which marked a break with linguistic traditions and the subject area of modern poetry, also highlighting the contamination with new sciences and other arts.

Teaching Methods


a) The lecture includes a description of the most important poetic tendencies in the 20th Century. Furthermore, it will be discussed a rhetoric and expressive analysis of poetic texts. The module also examines differences in the structural levels of the poetic language in addition to a clarification of modern poetic techniques and its relationship with the Italian and European tradition.
b) This module concerns general methodological questions and key elements relative to the discipline: modern literary institutions, foundation and transformation of the 20th Century canon, statute and modes of operations of literary genres.
Periodical seminars: poetry reading and critical comments supported by the elaboration and comparison with a basic bibliographical path (this last one will be handled by students who will follow both the two modules).

Verification of learning

Oral examination:

The mark examination is expressed in thirtieth. The exam approximately lasts 30 minutes. Students are required to have a good knowledge of the arranged literary texts (you will find these texts in the program). Students are also examined on the basis of their understanding of the linguistic and structural complexity of the poetic language. The overarching aims of the evaluation include the comprehension of the style, rhetoric, themes and semantic of the analysed poems. Students should also demonstrate their ability in recognising the historical and artistic collocation of the studied texts (poetry, cultural eras, artistic movements and tendencies are all determinant subjects for the evaluation).
During the exam students are required to demonstrate the correct understanding of the critical and methodological implements for the analysis as they are explained in the bibliography. They should also be able to employ a qualified literary language.
Students are highly recommended to bring core texts to the exam together with critical writings and any other useful literary notes that could be consulted during the examination (i.e. notepapers, summaries, notes of any kind).


I MODULE (30 hours)

Literary texts:

NIVA LORENZINI (a cura di), Poesia del Novecento italiano. Dalle avanguardie storiche alla seconda guerra mondiale, Carocci, Roma 2002;

Critical and methodological texts:

Introduction and critical notes attached to the poetical texts in the Anthology;

NICOLA GARDINI, Com'è fatta una poesia? Introduzione alla scrittura in versi, Sironi, Milano 2007 (escluse le pp. 151-204);

PAOLO GIOVANNETTI, La letteratura italiana moderna e contemporanea, Carocci, Roma 2001.

II MODULE (30 hours)

Literary texts:

NIVA LORENZINI (a cura di), Poesia del Novecento italiano. Dal secondo dopoguerra a oggi, Carocci, Roma 2002;

Critical and methodological texts:

Introduction and critical notes attached to the poetical texts in the Anthology.

More Information

It is highly recommended to consult an Italian dictionary during the reading and analysis of the texts to confirm and improve the meaning of the Italian poetic language.
Students who have no knowledge of the contemporary poetry and are persuaded not to understand it are encouraged to enjoy the course, this is a unique and fascinating opportunity, intellectually as well as ethically.

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