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TITLE Letteratura Italiana dalle origini al Duecento

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The development of literature in Italy from the earliest attempts in verse and prose in the various “volgari” to the masterpieces by Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio. The differences between Medieval literary output in Latin and in the Romance languages are explained against the historical and linguistic background and special attention is given to the lyrical tradition which evolved in Provence and in Northern France, influencing the Sicilian group of poets, the Siculo-Tuscans and the Dolce Stil Novo, including Dante.

Reading List:

- Marco Santagata, Laura Carotti, Alberto Casadei, Mirko Tavoni, Il filo rosso. Antologia e storia della letteratura italiana ed europea, vol. 1 (Duecento e Trecento), edizione B, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007.
- Gianfranco Contini, Letteratura italiana delle origini, Firenze, Sansoni, 1991.

A coursepack of additional readings will be made available.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: At least an intermediate level in Italian or permission from lecturer holding the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Irene Incarico

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