The student will address one or more specialist topics. He will be presented with an example of an author's in-depth study or an important theme of Italian literature, according to the most up-to-date research perspectives. It will acquire the necessary hermeneutic tools for the analysis of texts and the application of the most appropriate methodologies to them (analysis of metric or narrative structures), in the context of a suitable preparation for advanced literary study.
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1. Iacopone da Todi and the religious literature of his time
2. Introduction to "romantic" literary theories.

Core Documentation

1. Iacopone da Todi e la poesia religiosa del Duecento, a cura di P. Canettieri, Milano, BUR Rizzoli, e una monografia che sarà indicata durante il corso.
I Fioretti di san Francesco, ed. consigliata a cura di L. Morini, BUR Rizzoli
G. Contini, Letteratura italiana delle Origini, Milano, BUR Rizzoli

2. M. Puppo, Il Romanticismo, Roma, Studium
E. Raimondi, Romanticismo italiano e romanticismo europeo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori
F. Suitner, I Promessi Sposi: un’idea di romanzo, Roma, Carocci

- Students will also read two classics of Italian literature, with appropriate critical comments, which will be indicated during the course. Further information on the texts to be prepared will be provided during the lessons.

Type of delivery of the course

During the course, historical lessons will alternate with others dedicated to the detailed analysis of selected texts. About two thirds of the lessons will be dedicated to point 1 of the program, one third to the discussion of point 2.

Type of evaluation

Oral examination. The exam will include questions on the topics covered in class and on the bibliography. The detailed analysis of selected texts of the writers considered will also be required. Non-attending students will contact the teacher for information and additions to the program.