Contemporary Italian Literature (2009/2010)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Carpane'
Lorenzo Carpane'
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 22, 2010 al Apr 18, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2A
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Tuesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  

Learning outcomes

Main purpose is for students to obtain:
basic knowledge of the history of Italian contemporary literature
basic knowledge of the tools of Italian studies (psychoanalytic, sociological, stylistic criticism)
knowledge of some major works of Italian contemporary literature
capacity of de-coding literary texts
capacity of interpreting literary texts


Lessons will cover:
Literary and cultural history: periods, problems, themes, texts
The tools of literary studies: how to understand and interpret literary texts
Text and context
The formative value of literature and of literary criticism
These subjects will be dealt by discussing the theme: Reading and readers in Calvino’s «Trilogy»

Literary texts:

Complete reading of the following novels by Calvino

The Baron in the Trees (Il Barone rampante) notice: the complete novel, not the short edition for schools
The Cloven Viscount (Il Visconte dimezzato)


Alberto Casadei – Marco Santagata, Manuale di letteratura italiana, Bari, Laterza, 2007.
The pages to be studied will be indicated during the lessons

Italo Calvino, Lezioni americane (any edition), Chapter 1: Leggerezza

Lorenzo Carpanè, Medardo liberato e ricostruito: per una lettura del «Visconte dimezzato» attraverso Tasso, «Studi novecenteschi» (in print)

Notes from lessons

Other texts could be given during the lessons

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exams, questions with free answers. No difference is considered between students who did and did not attend lessons.