Languages, comparative literatures and intercultural translation
Study-unit Code
Lingue e letterature
Stefano Giovannuzzi
  • Stefano Giovannuzzi
  • 36 ore - Stefano Giovannuzzi
Course Regulation
Coorte 2022
Learning activities
Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Contemporary novel: from verism to the new millennium. Through the analysis of some exemplary texts, the course aims to show the evolution of the genre between the late 19th century new millennium.
Reference texts
Examination Program - Attending students:

a) 5 novels to be chosen froma:
G. Verga, I malavoglia, 1881 (qualunque edizione)
G. d’Annunzio, Il piacere, 1892 (qualunque edizione)
Svevo, La coscienza di Zeno, 1923 (qualunque edizione)
Pirandello, Uno, nessuno, centomila, 1926 (qualunque edizione)
A. Moravia, Gli indifferenti, 1929 (qualunque edizione)
E. Vittorini, Conversazione in Sicilia, 1941 (qualunque edizione)
E. Morante, Menzogna e sortilegio, 1948 (qualunque edizione)
C. Pavese, La luna e i falò, 1950 (qualunque edizione)
P. P. Pasolini, Ragazzi di vita, 1955 (qualunque edizione)
P. Volponi, Memoriale, 1962 (qualunque edizione)
G. Celati, Le avventure di Guizzardi, 1972 (qualunque edizione)
V. Consolo, Il sorriso d’ignoto marinaio, 1976 (qualunque edizione)
I. Calvino, Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, 1979 (qualunque edizione)
S. Vassalli, La Chimera, 1990 (qualunque edizione)
Luther Blisseth (Wu Ming) Q, 1999 (qualunque edizione)

b) handbook:
Beatrice Manetti, Massimiliano Tortora (a cura di), Letteratura italiana contemporanea. Narrativa e poesia dal Novecento a oggi, Roma, Carocci, 2022 (capp.1-4)

Lectures and course materials uploaded to unistudium.

Examination Program – Non-attending students:

Non-attending students prepare 7 novels of their choice from list (a); the textbook in (b), in full; do not prepare (c), course lectures.
Educational objectives
The topics covered in the course are aimed at the acquisition of deeper knowledge and skills in relation to Pier Paolo Pasolini and his complex relationship with literature and cinema. The course aims to (a) develop a general reflection on Pasolini and the historical context in which his work is to be placed; (b) develop a concrete ability to analyze and understand Pasolini's poetic, narrative and cinematic works (as well as critical essays). The course aims to provide tools that students are able to use independently, applying them even to texts other than those covered in class.
It is important a basic information on the main issues of Italian culture and literature in the Nineteenth and Twentieth century (at least until the Sixties); fundamental a very good knowledge of contemporary Italian language. Basic knowledge of contemporary history (post-World War II) is required.
To supplement gaps, and to develop an overall picture of Contemporary Italian literature, Communication Science students will supplement the course with a literary history textbook.
Teaching methods
1. Lectures on all the course topics (according to the modalities which will be indicated).
2. Moments of seminar discussion on the texts. Students are encouraged to collaborate actively, even with planned presentation.
In addition, useful materials for the course will be available on unistudium: it is always recommended to check the platform.
Other information
Attendance is strongly recommended. Students who do not attend classes must agree with the instructor upon readings.
For not-attending students the definitive program will be available on unistudium by the end of the course.
NB: Students with disabilities and / or SLDs are requested to contact the teacher in time for all the useful aids to follow the course and to agree on the examination methods.
Learning verification modality
The assessment consists of an oral examination, with open-ended questions, which is designed to test the skills and ability to apply them independently gained at the end of the course. The duration of the examination is approximately half an hour. The final assessment is made on the basis of: a) the skills acquired; b) the ability to select the most useful texts to build a clear picture of the development of Italian fiction; c) the ability to rework the course content; d) the ability to reuse the skills acquired independently. Points (b) (c) and (d) are essential for a positive evaluation.
Extended program
The course will be paced by successive historical periods: a) realism and the late 19th century; b) the early 20th century novel; c) interwar fiction; d) neorealism; e) 1960s: literature and industry; f) crisis of the novel between the 1960s and 1970s; g) the late 20th century novel and the contemporary novel; h) post-colonial literature.
Obiettivi Agenda 2030 per lo sviluppo sostenibile
4, 5, 8, 10, 17
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