Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0538 (AF:401075 AR:217298)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
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The course "Modern European Literatures" is framed in the common curriculum of the Bachelor's Degree Programme "Humanities".
According to the aims of the Bachelor's Degree and to the areas of Literatures and Cultures, the course provides the ability to consolidate advanced critical and methodological instruments and a solid knowledge of European literary texts in italian translation (19th and 20th cent.), and debates in their cultural and historical context.

The course is open to interested students attending other Degree Programmes.
Aims of this course are:
a) the ability to analyse critically some of the most significant literary and theoretical texts of the cultural debates subject of the course;
b) the comprehension of these debates in their cultural and historical context;
c) the ability to consolidate critical and methodological instruments;
d) the ability to comprehend and analyze texts and contexts in a competent and autonomous way;
e) the ability to perfectionate comunication and production by an accurate reading of the texts, the discussion in class and and a detailed study of scientific writing;
f) the ability to discuss in seminars and workshops about the subjects of the course.
COURSE TITLE: The canon of European short prose literature: short story, novelette, anecdote, tale, parable, aphorism (1800-1945).
Literary texts:
- Franz Kafka, Il verdetto (a disposizione su Moodle);
- Franz Kafka, La metamorfosi (Moodle);
- James Joyce, I morti / The Dead (Moodle)
- Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Una lettera / Ein Brief (Moodle)
- Nikolaj V. Gogol', Il naso (Moodle)
- Nikolaj V. Gogol', La mantella (Moodle)
- Fëdor M. Dostoevskij, La mite, Adelphi, Milano 2018
- Anton Čechov, Il duello (Moodle)
- Gustave Flaubert, Un cuore semplice (Moodle)
- Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif (Moodle)
- Guy de Maupassant, L'eredità (Moodle)
- Guy de Maupassant, L'inutile bellezza (Moodle)

Teaching materials will be avalible on the course Moodle.
Oral exam (about 45 minutes) aiming to verify the abilities acquired by students, to check their knowledge of the whole programme and their ability to reflect critically on its themes.

Regular class sessions. Teaching materials will be provided in pdf format on the course Moodle.
Front lectures and seminars.
Non attending students will have to contact the teacher ( and check the moodle of the course for further readings.

All students are kindly requested to check frequently the notices on the lecturer's CF - home page.

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

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 25/01/2023