L-FIL-LET/14 - 6 CFU - 2° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The Course aims to transfer to the students the most advanced Concepts of recent Literary Debate, and to verify the Critical Skills of the students. These goals will be verified through a written essay and a final oral exam.

Detailed Course Content

The First Part introduces to Cultural and Intercultural Comparative Studies, with a special focus on the Return to Philology, according to E. Said, the Utopian Function of Literary Studies, and Elias Canetti’s New Humanism. The Second Part focuses on the relationship between Power, Chance and Freedom in Machiavelli and Shakespeare, in relation to Republicanism.

Textbook Information

E. Said, Umanesimo e critica democratica, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 2004; A. Scuderi, L’arcipelago del vivente. Umanesimo e diversità in Elias Canetti, Donzelli, Roma, 2016. Letture: Machiavelli, Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, Rizzoli; W. Shakespeare, Amleto, Feltrinelli.; M. Viroli, Repubblicanesimo, Laterza.


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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