L-LIN/13 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

This course aims at providing students with new tools derived from the recent transdisciplinary research methodologies linking literary criticism and cognitive studies, with regard to German literature and culture in order to deepen students’ critical approach to literary texts.

Course Structure

Introduction to the main transdisciplinary methodologies linking literary criticism with cognitive studies; application of specific methodologies to a choice of topic; students’ elaboration of experimental interpretation of literary texts according to specific methodologies.

Detailed Course Content

The first part of the course will introduce the recent epistemic innovations in different fields of the humanities and will focus on some interdisciplinary aspects of research. The course will provide new methodologies of research deriving from the intersections between cognitive sciences and literary studies. Some possible applications of these methodologies will be presented during the lessons. The course will identify topics from literary studies which can be analyzed from an experimental point of view, such us consciousness, imagination, dream, etc. Students will be asked to use the new apprehended strategies by elaborating individual or group projects on the topics above mentioned and on their representations in literary texts. Part of the final exam will be to apply and develop new interpretations of literary texts through short essays and presentations.

Textbook Information

A Literature and Cognitive Sciences (one volume out of the following)

- Stefano Calabrese, Neuronarrazioni, Bologna, Editrice bibliografica, 2020, 136 pp.

- Marco Bernini, Marco Caracciolo, Letteratura e scienze cognitive, Roma, Carocci, 2013, 126 pp.


B Cognitive Poetics and Neurohermeneutics (one volume out of the following)

- Stefano Calabrese, Leggere la mente, Bologna, Archetipolibri, 2012, 129 pp.

- Renata Gambino, Grazia Pulvirenti, Storie menti mondi. Approccio neuroermeutico alla letteratura, Milano, Mimesis, 2018, 148 pp.

- Renata Gambino, Grazia Pulvirenti, La mente narrativa di Heinrich von Kleist, Milano, Mimesis, 2018, 158 pp.


C Methodological application – Individual or group work on one of the following texts

J. W. Goethe, Ifigenia in Tauride, Venezia, Marsilio, 2011, 246 pp.

H. v. Kleist, Il principe di Homburg, Venezia, Marsilio, 1997, 288 pp.

H. v. Hofmannsthal, Elettra, Venezia, Marsilio, 2012, 193 pp.

A. Schnitzler, Signorina Else, Milano, Adelphi, 1990, 112 pp.

F. Kafka, La Metamorfosi, Torino, Einaudi, 2014, 70 pp.


D Bibliographical research on the web and shared evaluation of the texts.


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