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First Semester 
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Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


- knowledge of Italian literary history of the sixteenth century;
- basic knowledge of the thematic and formal tradition of 16th century Italian theater and dramaturgy;
- articulated knowledge of the main thematic and formal peculiarities of the dramatic texts in program;
- basic knowledge of critics methodologies;
- capability to apply critics knowledge and understanding literary history in relation to its historical and cultural context;
- ability to orient itself in the typology of theatrical texts, especially in the 16th century;
- ability to produce a conscious and informed (oral and written) critical analysis of the analyzed works, in particular concerning their historical-cultural contextualization, their relationship with dramaturgy , their formal structure;
-ability to develop an autonomous reading experience of literary text by developing the critical methodologies adopted;
-ability in communicating their conclusions, and articulating clearly and unambiguously their argument either to a specialist and a general audience;
- develop those learning skills which will allow them to continue studying the history of literary criticism autonomously.


-a good morphosyntactic competence in the written and oral Italian language;
- basic knowledge of Italian literary history;
- to know the primary notions concerning the different textual literary typologies.


The course is divided into two parts.
A) The first part focuses on two theatrical works by Torquato Tasso, "Aminta" and "King Torrismondo". The analytical reading of the texts will be preceded by the framing of the literary history of the sixteenth century, and by the prospect of Italian theatrical culture of this century, with fleeting references to the European drama. Also in relation to the linguistic, rhetorical and stylistic choices adopted by the author, will be examined the dramaturgical orientations of the two texts, focusing in particular on the late sixteenth century characterization of dramatic pastoral and tragedy.
B) The second module will focus on "Amor in the Mirror", a play by Giovan Battista Andreini. Initially, the literary and theatrical cultural history of the seventeenth century will be framed, also in relation to European scenarios.
The lessons will continue with the study of Andreini's artistic-biographical profile, and then with the analysis of his theatrical text and the related exercises.
In the last part of the course a seminar will be held dedicated to the theatrical representation of the text by Luca Ronconi and to the film version of "Amor nello specchio" of Salvatore Maira.

Teaching Methods

-Frontal lessons (lessons, reading and text analysis) -Oral and written exercises
-Seminar activities

Verification of learning

The assessment of learning will take place in three phases:
A) a semi-structured written test of literary history, arranged after about half of the lessons;
B) a written test of textual analysis focused on the works studied during the course;
C) an oral exam where will be given the final evaluation, also considering the previous two written tests.
The written test of textual analysis involves the paraphrase of a piece drawn from the dramatic-literary works; the examination of the same passage in relation to its linguistic-rhetorical-dramaturgical peculiarities; a critical comment in which the focus of the passage should be attributed to the thematic-ideological and structural system of one or more works included in the program.
In the oral exam we will proceed to further analysis of literary texts, critical essays will be discussed, and - for those students who have not passed the first test - a literary story will be dealt with.
Both the written test and the oral test will be useful in verifying the literal comprehension and literacy skills, expressive mastery and acquired expertise on the topics discussed, judgment autonomy, also in relation to critical bibliography.
In the summary assessment, 30% will be based on the knowledge of literary history, 30% in relation to the ability to produce a punctual text analysis in a written paper, the remaining 40% will be attributed to the knowledge and skills, communicative effectiveness, as demonstrated in the oral interview.


I. Theatrical texts
T. Tasso, Teatro, a cura di Marziano Guglielminetti, Milano, Garzanti, 2003.
G.B. Andreini, Amor nello specchio, a cura di S. Maira- A.M. Borracci, Roma, BUlzoni, 1997.

II. Critical essays
F. Croce, La “teatralità” dell’Aminta, in Sviluppi della drammaturgia pastorale nell’Europa del Cinque-Seicento, Roma, Centro di Studi Teatro Medievale e Rinascimentale, 1992 pp. 131-157.
R. Alonge, L’«Aminta», in Storia del teatro moderno e contemporaneo, diretta da R. Alonge-G. Davico Bonino, vol. I, La nascita del teatro moderno / Cinquecento-Seicento, Torino, Einaudi, 2000, pp. 105-115.
G. GIampieri, Una lettura del «Re Torrismondo», 1993, pp. 1-33,
G. Scianatico, Il “Re Torrismondo”, in G. Venturi (a cura di), Torquato Tasso e la cultura estense, Firenze, Olschki, pp. 1067-1089.
-P.M. Vescovo, Narciso, Psiche e Marte ‘mestruato’. Una lettura di Amor nello specchio di Giovan Battista Andreini in "LETTERE ITALIANE", 2004, pp. 50-80.
-M. Salvi, Metateatro e ibridismo sociale e culturale in Amor nello specchio di Giovan Battista Andreini, "Forum Italicum" 2015, Vol. 49(3) 715–733.

III. Literary history
The following manuals are suggested (to be studied only for parts of the literary history and authors of the sixteenth century):

G. Ferroni, History of Italian Literature, Turin, Einaudi
Casadei-Santagata, Italian Medieval and Modern Literature Manual, Rome, Laterza;

Students may use other manuals in use at the high schools after consulting the teacher.

The teacher will provide students with other teaching materials and powerpoint files that will be used in the exercises and seminars activities.

More Information

More details, relating to supplementary teaching materials, will be provided at the beginning of the lessons.

Questionnaire and social

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