Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0471 (AF:273250 AR:160892)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of ROMANCE PHILOLOGY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
3rd Term
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Why is Italian literature a Romance literature (II)? "King Charles returned from the war ...": the Epic narrative form in France and in Italy (XI-XVI century). 1. The "chansons de geste" and the Carolingian "matière".
The course is part of a series (started in 2017-2018: Boccaccio and Old French narrative) which intends to analyze the relationship between the Romance literatures and Italian one in the Middle Ages. In this case the object is the epic form: the "chansons de geste" were texts of the literary tradition in France (a popular form of historiography on the origins), which enjoyed great success in Italy up to the XVIth century century, to provide Ludovico Ariosto with the "matière" for a brilliant reinterpretation of feudal fictional structures in the form of the poem in verse.
- basic knowledge of comparative literature (Romance Middle Ages);
- knowledge of the fundamental theoretical-methodological elements of medieval philology;
- knowledge of the essential elements of the morphosyntactic structure of a medieval Romance language (Old French);
- knowledge of the main digital tools (databases) in the field of medieval vernacular literature.
- ability to apply, in concrete and specific cases, the theoretical-methodological tools typical of the comparative analysis of texts belonging to different linguistic identities;
- ability to reflect on the peculiarities of linguistic use in the literary field (Italian and medieval French) through the exercise of translation.
It is strongly recommended that you first attend (and preferably pass) the exams of History of the Italian language and of Institutions of phylology; a basic knowledge (at least) of the Latin language, of Medieval history and of the Italian literature of the Origins may help a lot.
Introduction to the medieval French language and literature;
the "chansons de geste" and the Carolingian "matière" (XIth-XIIIth century): texts and themes (commented reading of texts).
M. Zink, "La letteratura francese del Medioevo", Bologna, il Mulino, 1997 (or other edition);
A. Varvaro, "Avviamento alla filologia francese medievale", Roma, NIS/Carocci (or any edition);
A. Limentani, M. Infurna, "L'epica romanza nel Medioevo", Bologna, il Mulino, 2007;
"La canzone di Orlando", a cura di M. Bensi, Milano, Rizzoli (BUR), 1985 (or any edition).
The texts to be commented in the lectures and the exercises will be provided in digital format during the course.
The examination consists of two parts:
(a) the translation of texts from the ancient French (students are required to present the written translation of 7 texts chosen in the Varvaro anthology two weeks before the examination; they must also be able to translate all the texts commented on in the lesson);
(b) the analysis of the themes and texts presented in class and in the bibliography.
The course includes: 30 hours of lessons face to face; 20 hours of exercises.
1. "Romance Philology I" is the first part of the course of "Romance Philology" for those who are required to 12 CFU of this discipline; the second part ("Romance Philology II") will be held in the fourth period.
2. Throughout all the second semester there will be a cycle of 10 exercises (20 hours) on history of French language and literature in the Middle Ages; attending it is strongly recommended, just because it is a preliminar part of the examination a translation exercise of 7 texts chosen from A. Varvaro, «Avviamento alla filologia francese medievale», Roma, NIS/Carocci (any edition).
3. There are personalized programs for students who can not attend classes, which will be given after a personal interview during the hours of students' reception.

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Last update of the programme: 12/04/2019