Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
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Course code
LT1240 (AF:381519 AR:204840)
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ECTS credits
Surnames Q-Z
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
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1st Semester
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Course title - The origin of the canon: Bible and literary genres. My
lessons in Comparative Literature concern authors, genres and problems
of Western literature from the 18th to the 21st century and use an
integrative methodology that intends to reconcile the historical-cultural
and philological-linguistic aspects. I decided to propose a reflection on
the Bible understood as a book of the Canon of Western literature
containing formal paradigms that give rise to literary discourse.
The course aims to introduce first-year students to the study of literature
by proposing an excursus that highlights the evolution of literary genres
within the Bible and their influence on the European and American
literary tradition and on European and American writers in diachronic
perspective. The general training objectives concern: a) the basic
understanding of the main definitions of "simple" literary forms and of
historically determined literary genres c) the ability to apply specific
historical-literary terminology d) the ability to recognize the influence of
biblical texts on modern literature. These skills concerning the
functioning of the literary text and the development of Western literature
should be considered basic skills to continue in the literary-cultural
None. There is no prerequisite: it's enough a good knowledge of Italian.
The examination of the critical positions of N. Frye (1912-1991), G.
Steiner (1929-2020), H. Bloom (1930-2019), R. Calasso (1941-2021) will be conducted with
reference to the main trends in comparative studies. Students will also be
given essential methodology tools with the appropriate terminology and
the correct nomenclature used in literary analysis.
Northrop Frye, The Great Code : the Bible and literature, London,
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982.
Harold Bloom, Ruin the Sacred Truths : Poetry and Belief from the Bible
to the present, Harvard University Press, 1989.
George Steiner, “A Preface to the Hebrew Bible”, in No Passion Spent :
Essays 1978–1996, London, Faber, 1996.
The specific pages of the texts will be indicated by the teacher.
Appropriate secondary reading may be suggested during the course
The exam will take place in oral form and will focus exclusively on the program carried out by the teacher. During the oral exam the teacher will propose questions aimed at ascertaining the student's preparation, with particular reference to: the degree of knowledge and ability to understand and apply theoretical principles to the reading and interpretation of literary texts. The teacher will also verify learning skills, communication skills in verbal exposition, and the acquired autonomy of critical judgment.
An optional preparatory written test will be offered to students for the purpose of verification useful for monitoring the level of preparation achieved by the student before he or she takes the oral exam.
Lectures; programmed participation of students with brief interventions
in which they’ll have to demonstrate communicative skills.
Appropriate secondary reading may be suggested during the course.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Last update of the programme: 22/07/2022