Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
EM3F19 (AF:275944 AR:160667)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Term
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This course is part of the master's degree program "History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage" and represents a continuation and deepening of the teaching foreseen in the three-year degree course. The cours is also borrowed from a wide range of degree programs (see the declaratory). It is therefore proposed a framework of theatrical language in relation to a broader field of artistic, cultural, and litterary experiences, and related to the processes of cultural production.
The specific objectives of the course are to provide basic knowledge, a thematic introduction to theorical and historical elements and a reference vocabulary. Reaching these objectives will allow students to broaden their knowledge of the specificity of the theater language, to develop their critical skills, in the broader context of visual and performing arts and of the literary cultures.
1. Knowledge and understanding.
Achievement of a set of elements useful for the definition of theatrical studies and for the historical characterization of it. Acquisition of ibliographic tools useful for autonomously dealing with theatrical cultures in order to decipher their forms and contentes.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding.
Knowing hoiw to bring the theatrical literature back to specific cultural domains, recognizing, also on the basis of the relevant crtical literature, some peculiar traditions. Properly interpretation of examples examined in class, citing the interpretative tools of the most suitable bibliography for the purpose.

3. Ability to judge.
To be aware that interpretation can never be severed from in-depth knolewdge of prevoius criticism and historiography, and from the continous comparison of them with the most recently updated bibliographic data.
Nothing (however, basic knowledge is preferable, such as that provided by the Bachelor's degree courses)
The Commedia dell'arte between History and Myth
The course will be stuctured around key topics that span both the modern stage (XVI-XVIII centuries) and the reinvention of the commedia dell'arte in XIX-XX centuries.
F. Taviani-M.Schino, Il segreto della commedia dell'arte. La memoria delle compagnie italiane del XVI, XVII e XVIII secolo, Firenze, La Casa Usher, 1982 (nuova ed. 2006)
S. Ferrone, La commedia dell'arte. Attrici e attori italiani in Europa (XVI‑XVIII secolo), Torino, Einaudi, 2014
Commedia dell'Arte in Context, ed. by. Ch. B. Balme, P, Vescovo, D. Vianello, Cambridge University Press, 2018
The exam includes a written essay on a topic of student’s choice, which apply methodological perspectives and the tools offered during the course. The term paper is discussed during the oral exam.
The exam is structured in two parts:
- a written essay, which deals with the application of the essential analysis tools (especially formal) and the personal study of a topic or topic among those dealt with during the course, freely chosen by the student;
- an oral discussion of the same
The verification thus concerns the exposition in written and oral form and aims at a balanced coexistence between theoretical and applied knowledge, reference to the general program and personal elaboration.

The essay consists of a work of about ten pages, provides a formal analysis according to a model proposed during the lessons and a free thematic-problematic analysis of the content.
The essay is then discussed during the oral examination, which may eventually also take up the central issues presented during the course.

The double form of the written work and the oral discussion is considered to allow a wider possibility of verification.
The exam will be about the autonomy of judgment, communication abilities and learning skills that students must acquire.
For this purpose the establishment of an "open" program was successfully tested: in this program the student choose texts and detailed studies in addition to what is analyzed in lectures, of which the final part, after establishing the bases of the course is devoted to proposals in this direction.
Students who did not attend the course, should agree an alternative program with the teacher during his office hours.
This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 08/05/2018