Contemporary Italian Literature (2010/2011)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Lorenzo Carpane'
Lorenzo Carpane'
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 21, 2011 al Apr 10, 2011.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2A
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.5 from Mar 4, 2011  to Apr 10, 2011
Friday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Feb 28, 2011  to Apr 10, 2011
Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall 1.3 from Mar 12, 2011  to Mar 26, 2011

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


Main theme will be: For a conscience of the Modern: Calvino’s «Trilogy»
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)
The non-existent Knight (Il cavaliere inesistente)

Other texts weill be given during the lessons


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

Italo Calvino, Six memos for the next millennium (Lezioni americane) (any edition)

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

Notes from lessons

Other texts will 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

Teaching aids

  • pdf   dispensa   (pdf, it, 158 KB, 07/03/11)