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Subject: ITALIAN LITERATURE (A.A. 2026/2027)

single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION

Course year 4
CFU 13
Literature (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: L-FIL-LET/11 CFU: 12
Literature (laboratory)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: L-FIL-LET/11 CFU: 1
Teachers: Barbara CHITUSSI, Giorgio ZANETTI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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-Consciousness of the specificity and complexity of literary discourse, as an approach to the real through the symbolic and as a form of narrative thought.

-Critical awareness of the emotional, ethical and cognitive aspects in literary texts.

-Knowledge and comprehension of texts which are regarded by the collective consciousness as exemplary and important, considered in their own historic immanence.

-Sharpening of the capability of hermeneutics applied to the intensity of thought in the written word.

-Learning the categories of thought which are part of the aesthetics and ethics in the act of reading.

-Knowledge and awareness of the rhetorical devices involved in the production and reception of texts.

Admission requirements

Knowledge of literature and literary competence achieved at Secondary School.

Course contents

Through the reading and commentary of a set of exemplary texts, the Italian Literature Course will address and deepen an anthropological-literary problem, correlating the forms, motifs, techniques of narrative, poetic or dramaturgical invention with the forms of life and values ​​of a society and a cultural era, and therefore assigning a fundamental role to the experience of reading and to the figure of the reader. We thinck that in this perspective of study and methodological reflection, knowledge of literature can contribute in a particularly effective way to the critical and self-reflexive awareness of students and to their training path as future teachers.
In order to safeguard and promote the innovative content of the teaching action, keeping up with the evolution of research, the specific problem at the center of the Course and the related reference texts will be defined and communicated, each academic year, in the summer preceding the start of lessons in the first semester.

Teaching methods

In the absence of regulatory provisions that impose restrictions, all educational activities will take place 100% in person. We will provide adequate digital teaching material through forms of online teaching (sharing of documents or texts otherwise difficult to find, individual and / or group meetings, periodic seminar appointments of discussion and reflection on the program in progress), according to a model of participatory teaching. Attendance to lectures is not compulsory, while the attendance of the Laboratory is compulsory, according to the procedures established by the Degree Course Council. In any case, the lectures will be constantly open to collegial discussions and to all forms of interaction with students.

Assessment methods

Oral exams, lasting about 20 minutes. The exam will take place at the end of the course according to the official exam schedule. There are no intermediate tests, but any written exercises or seminar activities proposed by the students may contribute to the final evaluation. The questions during the interview are aimed at evaluating: - knowledge and understanding skills; - the application of knowledge and understanding; - autonomy of judgment - the organicity and the deepening of the preparation, the critical ability to establish relationships, the ability to elaborate the exposition and the argumentation in correct discursive forms, the aptitude to put one's knowledge to good use in the face of new problems. Verification criteria and assessment thresholds: 30 cum laude - excellent proof: fully acquired knowledge and excellent critical and expressive articulation. 30 - very good test: complete knowledge, well articulated and correctly expressed, not without critical ideas. 28-29 -good test: comprehensive and adequately contextualized knowledge, correct exposure. 25-27 - fair test, essential knowledge acquired, but not exhaustive and not always articulated correctly. 21-24 - sufficient proof, knowledge present even if superficial and elliptical; incomplete and often inappropriate presentation and argumentation. 18-21- barely sufficient proof, knowledge present but very superficial and decontextualized. The exhibition also presents significant gaps. Failed exam - Students are invited to attend a subsequent session when essential knowledge is not acquired and an adequate understanding of the context within which it is placed is lacking. The exams will be conducted in the presence or remotely depending on the evolution of the situation COVID19.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

- advanced knowledge in the literary area, aimed at the development of linguistic competence, textual and discursive skills and hermeneutical capacities, as well as the refinement of the awareness of the richness and complexity of the linguistic heritage and the literary tradition of our Country, in reference to the European integration processes and the intercultural dimension;

- critical knowledge of the key principles of literature and its relationship with the humanities;

- didactic knowledge applied to literature; 

- knowledge of the methods of literary research even applied to educational contexts.

Applying knowledge and understanding

- knowing how to interpret and explain forms of "case study" of literary origin through the use of notions of theory and history of literature;

- knowing how to evaluate and critically make use of the literary and documentary sources pointing out their educational implications.

Making judgments

- capacity of indipendent and critical reflection in relation to the cultural phenomena and processes;

- knowing how to collect and select information by integrating the personal knowledge in relation to the specific interpretative case; 
- ability of the students to self-evaluate their skills and interpretative strategies.

Communication skills

- possessing good communication skills, mastering various linguistic and genre registers and knowing how to elaborate and discuss experiences in an organized form and in relation to different interlocutors and contexts;

- competences in reading and deciphering the communicative situations and dynamics, both individual and collective.

Learning skills

- Ability to select from multiple information sources, available in libraries, archives and the web.

- Ability of the students to reflect on their own interpretive strategies and judge their knowledge and skills basing on the state of art and objectives.


Attraverso la lettura e il commento di un insieme testi esemplari, il Corso di Letteratura italiana affronterà e approfondirà un problema di natura antropologico-letteraria, correlando le forme, i motivi, le tecniche dell’invenzione narrativa, poetica o drammaturgica con le forme di vita e ai valori di una società e di un’epoca culturale, e dunque assegnando un ruolo fondamentale all’esperienza del leggere e alla figura del lettore. Si ritiene che in questa prospettiva di studio e di riflessione metodologica, la conoscenza della letteratura possa concorrere in modo particolarmente efficace alla consapevolezza critica e autoriflessiva degli studenti e al loro percorso formativo di futuri insegnanti.
Al fine di salvaguardare e promuovere il tenore innovativo dell’azione didattica, restando al passo con l’evoluzione della ricerca, il problema specifico al centro del Corso e i relativi testi di riferimento saranno definiti e comunicati di volta in volta, ogni anno accademico, nell’estate che precede l’inizio delle lezioni nel primo semestre