IJ2B010 Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature (B)

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Daniela Shalom Vagata, MA, Dottore di Ricerca (lecturer)
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca (alternate examiner)
Egle Mocciaro, Dottore di Ricerca (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
doc. Paolo Divizia, Dottore di Ricerca
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - Faculty of Arts
Prerequisites (in Czech)
( IJIA028 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055 Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055com Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055mai Bachelor's State Exam || IJ1A055min Bachelor's State Exam )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
"Foscolo reloaded: new perspectives on Ugo Foscolo's work" The course is an introduction to Ugo Foscolo's work and to its criticism.
Learning outcomes
Students will become acquainted with the work of Ugo Foscolo. The course introduces students to the Italian and European literary of 18-19th centuries and socio-cultural context of Foscolo's work.
  • Readings covered in the course: - "Dei Sepolcri" - Sonetti e odi - excerpts from: "Inni alle Grazie" and "Dissertation on an Ancient Hymn to the Graces" - "Le Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis" - excerpts from: "La Chioma di Berenice" - excerpts from: "Dell'origine e dell'ufficio della letteratura" - excerpts from: Foscolo's literary articles in journals - excerpts from: other Foscolo's novel - Language, style and narrative technique in Foscolo's work - Foscolo's Political, philosophical and literary toughts - Italian and European in 18th-19th century European literature
 - the writer’s allegeable library, his figurative world and his milieu Students will become familiar with the literary criticism concerning Ugo Foscolo. Students are expected to do the readings assigned and actively participate in the class discussion. Handouts will be provided to the students. Students will be required to read Foscolo's novel "Le ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis" in one of the editions specified in "Supplementary Materials". Students are required to get one of those editions.
    required literature
  • Ugo Foscolo, "Le ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis" (BUR, Einaudi)
  • Students will receive handouts with the texts to be read
    recommended literature
  • "Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Ugo Foscolo", Firenze, Le Monnier, 1933-2011
  • Foscolo, "Opere", vol. I "Poesie e tragedie", vol. II "Prose e saggi", a cura di Franco Gavazzeni, Torino, Einaudi-Gallimard, 1994-1995.
Teaching methods
The course will be conducted in Italian. Foscolo's works will be read in Italian. Students will read the whole novel "Le ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis" and extraxts of some works of Ugo Foscolo. Students will receive weekly assignments and will be expected to actively participate in the class discussion. Foscolo's works will be previously read at home, and then discussed in the class. Students are requested to attend the online panel "Foscolo Reloaed: New Perspectives on Ugo Foscolo's Work" of AAIS Conference 2022 (on volutary base students can contribute to the organization) and are strongly encouraged to attend the seminars on Italian literature planned for the Spring Semester 2022.
Assessment methods
Oral exam on all the topics studied in the course and written exam on a topic previously decided with the instructor. Active participation in the class discussion.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2024, recent)
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