L-FIL-LET/11 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understandig: Knowledge of the fundamental elements of Italian literature of XXth century; acquisition of philological research methodologies and literary criticism methodologies, with a special focus on the ability to analyse literary texts critically.

Applying knowledge and understanding: Ability to consider literary texts critically; ability to connect elements of one’s own culture with those of other cultures; ability to orient oneself within the printed and online bibliography; ability to link competences in an interdisciplinary fashion.

Making judgement: Critical ability to combine literary competences acquired in an interdisciplinary fashion and to interpret different sociolinguistic and cultural domains from both a synchronic and a diachronic perspective.

Communication skills: Ability to present the results of one’s study in complex ways; ability to discuss literary contents effectively and critically.

Learning skills: Development of autonomous learning skills in studying the literary materials of the course with the aim of interacting with diverse interlocutors and in different working environments.

Course Structure

The lectures will be supplemented by seminars with other teachers and by tests in progress.

Detailed Course Content

Module 1: Italo Calvino (prof. M. Paino)

Module 2: Luigi Pirandello (prof. A. Sichera)

Module 3: Letteratura italiana del Novecento (prof. G. Traina)

Textbook Information

Module 1: Italo Calvino

I. Calvino, Il barone rampante, Oscar Mondadori; critical text: M. Paino, Il Bildungsroman sui rami di Ombrosa, in Ead. Il Barone e il Viaggiatore e altri studi su Italo Calvino, Marsilio, 2019, pp. 21-37.


Module 2: Luigi Pirandello

L. Pirandello, Sopra e sotto (da Novelle per un anno); critical text: A. Sichera, Marmelàdov uno e due. I gemelli pirandelliani di Dostoevskij da “Sopra e sotto” all’“Umorismo” (su Studium).


Modulo 3: Italian literature of XXth Century


One book chosen between:

One book chosen between:

One book chosen between:

A free choice of poems by Ungaretti, Montale, Saba, Quasimodo, Sereni and Caproni. It is advisable to use the anthology Testi nella storia, vol. IV, di C. Segre e C. Martignoni (in the library), both for the choice of texts and for critical documentation and text analysis.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied. For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

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