Languages, comparative literatures and intercultural translation
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Giuseppina Bonerba
  • Giuseppina Bonerba
  • 63 ore - Giuseppina Bonerba
Course Regulation
Coorte 2023
Learning activities
Metodologie linguistiche, filologiche, comparatistiche e della traduzione letteraria
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian. International students and Erasmus students are invited to attend the course. Books, articles and other teaching materials are also available in English and French; Written and / or oral examinations, as indicated in the program of teaching, can be conducted in English or French. Contact the lecturer for an appointment in the first week of lessons.
General introduction to semiotics and major theories of text. In-depth study of interpretive semiotics. Application of the tools of semiotic analysis to literary, visual and audiovisual texts. Semiotics and artificial intelligence.
Reference texts
Texts for Attending Students:
Eco, Umberto, Sei passeggiate nei boschi narrativi, Milano, Bompiani, 1994.
Other reading material will be indicated during the course.
Texts for Non-Attending Students:
Eco, Umberto, Sei passeggiate nei boschi narrativi, Milano, Bompiani, 1994.
Barthes, Roland, Miti d’oggi, Milano, Einaudi, 2016.
and a text chosen from the following:
Casetti Francesco, Federico Di Chio, Analisi del film, Milano, Bompiani, 1990.
Eco, Umberto, Lector in fabula. La cooperazione interpretativa nei testi narrativi, Milano, Bompiani, 1979.
Floch, Jean Marie, Identità visive, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2016.
Leone, M. e Santangelo, A. (a cura di) Semiotica e intelligenza artificiale, Roma, Aracne, 2023.
Pozzato, Maria Pia, Semiotica del testo: metodi, autori, esempi, Roma Carocci, 2020.
Educational objectives
Achieve mastery of the theoretical foundations and tools of semiotic textual analysis. Develop the ability to analyze text structures in different media (print, television, film, comics, advertising, etc.).
Teaching methods
Lectures, classroom exercises. Active participation in discussion is welcome.
Other information
Attendance at all lessons is strongly recommended.
Learning verification modality
The final exam consists of an oral test comprising a discussion-interview on the topics covered during the course and examined in-depth through recommended texts. The test aims to assess the level of knowledge and understanding, as well as synthesis, achieved by the student. Moreover, this interview will verify that the student is able to communicate effectively, using a methodical approach and appropriate language, to demonstrate what he has learned. The duration of the test varies depending on the performance of the student during the test itself. It begins, as a rule, with a subject of the student's choice.
Extended program
1. What is semiotics. Development of the semiotic model, or paradigm. What semiotics is for and what questions it answers. The two main theories: interpretive semiotics and structural semiotics.
2. Interpretive semiotics. Umberto Eco's theory: the text as a lazy machine; Author model and Reader model; the concept of isotopy; the limits of interpretation. Introduction to structural semiotics: Algirdas Julien Greimas and Roland Barthes.
3. The analysis of texts. Examples of analysis of the press, literature, cinema, painting. The application of semiotics to advertising.
4. Semiotics and artificial intelligence: a) general issues; b) contribution that semiotics can give in the various areas of application of artificial intelligence, from sentiment analysis to chatbot design; c) analysis of the narratives used to talk about artificial intelligence.
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