L-FIL-LET/11 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: via Orfanotrofio 49, 97100 Ragusa Ibla
Phone: 0932-622761
Office Hours: giovedì 10.30-12.30

Learning Objectives

The advent of digital technologies has had great impact on consolidated areas of tradition while representing, after the typographic revolution, a new twist on the modalities of creating and using texts. The aim of this course is to discuss the possibilities that technological innovations offer to reading and interpretation practices. After the necessary historical background, the hermeneutical potentialities suggested by lexicography and the method of concordantial reading will be presented, alongside other models that use computer tools to ‘read’ texts. The application of this articulated theoretical platform to texts is the necessary completion of the course, to be carried out in a laboratory context through the study of a series of 'cases', which can be adapted to different contexts and environments, from teaching to vocational training, and which aim at the achievement of advanced competences in the decoding of complex texts (not only literary ones) and in the public presentation of contents.

Course Structure

Lectures; exercises and laboratory activities.

Detailed Course Content

A. History and models for reading texts. (3 CFU)

From Gutenberg to the digital. Models of text hermeneutics. From close reading to distant reading, up to computational hermeneutics. Epistemological issues, and modeling and representation problems. Go through the text: concordances, indexes and frequency lists. Search and query functions.

B. Applications. (3 CFU)

a. Poetry and prose to the test of the lexicographical and concordantial method.

b. The concept of author and authorship in times of the internet. Death of the author, the electronic word, and combinatorial literature.

c. Author and reader on the web. Reading in public: literary community and transmediality. Information, criticism, the debate on literature.

d. Narration and storytelling. 'Short' writings and readings.

e. Education and digital technologies: ICT (Information and Communication Technologies in schools), flipped classroom, object learning.

Textbook Information

- A. Sichera, Ermeneutiche. Punti di vista sul confine, Euno edizioni, 2017/2019, pp. 128.

- F. Stella, Testi letterari e analisi digitale, Carocci, 2018, pp. 1-54, 81-126.

- G. Roncaglia, L'età della frammentazione. Cultura del libro e scuola digitale, Laterza, 2018, pp. 234.

- C. Bonsi, A. Di Iorio, P. Italia, F. Vitali, Manzoni's electronic interpretations in The Mechanic Reader. Digital Methods for Literary Criticism, a cura di F. Stella e F. Ciotti, «Semicerchio»,

LIII 2015/2, pp. 91-99.

- F. Ciotti, Modelli e metodi computazionali per la critica letteraria: lo stato dell'arte, in L’Italianistica oggi: ricerca e didattica, Atti del XIX Congresso dell’ADI - Associazione degli Italianisti (Roma, 9-12 settembre 2015), a cura di B. Alfonzetti, T. Cancro, V. Di Iasio, E. Pietrobon, Roma, Adi editore, 2017,, (pp. 12).

- U. Eco, Sei passeggiate nei boschi narrativi, Bompiani 1994/2007, capp. 1 (pp. 1-31), 3 e 4 (pp. 61-117).

- C. Pavese, I dialoghi con Leucò, Mondadori 2020.


The texts will be available on studium unict.


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