Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0347 (AF:273175 AR:161448)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Term
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The course takes part of the core educational activities of the Master's Degree programme in Italian Philology and Literature, as the first part of two (ECTS course 6, total ECTS 12). It takes part too of intersciplinary related or additional studies of the Bachelor’s Degree programme in History (code FM0347) and in Philosophy (code FM0347).
This course offers a solid specialised training in the study of Italian literature of the XXth century, by an approach to a foundamental poetical text as the "Ossi di seppia" ("Bones of Cuttlefish") of Eugenio Montale. The "Ossi" will be studied by many points of view, such as historical, philological, exegetical, stylistical, prosodical, rhetorical, critical methods. At the end of the course, students will know bibliography related to Montale and to the poetry of the beginning of the XXth century; explain carefully the verses of Montale; identify formal peculiarity of texts; link the "Ossi di seppia" with Classical, Romance and Italian texts.
To be admitted to this course students must possess a good knowledge of Italian Language and of Italian literary history from the end of the XIXth century to the beginning of the XXth.
The "Ossi di seppia" ("Bones of Cuttlefish") of Eugenio Montale (first part).
Teacher provides a general introduction to Montale's life and works (see Nascimbeni's and Casadei's volumes, quoted the Bibliography), than a detailed illustration of the "Ossi di seppia", that will be carefully commented (see Cataldi's and d'Amely's comment).
Referral text:
E. Montale, "Ossi di seppia", care of Pietro Cataldi and Floriana d'Amely, Milan, Oscar Mondadori, 2003 (or reprints).
Critical essays:
G. Nascimbeni, "Montale. Biografia di un poeta", Milan, Longanesi, 1969 (or other editions)
A. Casadei, "Montale", Bologna, il Mulino, 2008

Non-attending students must add the following essay:
T. Arvigo, "Guida alla lettura di 'Montale, Ossi di seppia' ", Rome, Carocci, 2001.
Oral examination.
The examination will start by a lecture of one of the texts presented during the course; students must explicate it literaly and give a commentary on it. Other questions will concern texts quoted on the Bibliography.
Students must demonstrate to have well understood the contents of the course and to have joint a personal critical ability.
Teacher will do lectures.

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Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 11/04/2018