Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM0370 (AF:459949 AR:250826)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The teaching of Romance Philology 1 module 1 is one of the characteristic teachings of the Course of Studies (Master's Degree) in Language Sciences and in European, American and Postcolonial Languages and Literatures. The general objective of the course is to explain the formation and development of the Romance languages in the Middle Ages and to analyse in depth and in original language some texts of the Romance literatures developed between the 11th and 14th centuries.
1. Knowledge and understanding

To know and understand, in a comparative perspective, the main phenomena of the linguistic change in the medieval Romance context, also in function of an adequate understanding of the characteristics of the Romance languages in today's phase;

Know and understand the main historical, cultural and literary events of the Romance world through textual documentation;

To know and understand the dynamics of text production in the Middle Ages and its dissemination through time and space.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:

To know how to recognise the main phenomena of linguistic change in the Romance languages and to know how to illustrate their importance, also in order to take into account the peculiarities of these languages at this stage;

To be able to deal, in the relevant context, with the linguistic and historical-cultural analysis of a medieval text, using the investigative tools discussed in the course;

To be able to use philological terminology correctly in the main areas of teaching.

3. Autonomy of judgement:

To be able to orient oneself in the critical debate on themes of philological subject, in order to be able to face the evaluation of alternative hypotheses concerning the same phenomenon (linguistic, literary, historical-cultural) or to formulate hypotheses on various questions of the discipline.

4. Communication skills:

To be able to communicate in a clear and technically appropriate way the contents of the course, using the register relevant to the communicative situation.

5. Learning ability:

To be able to propose in an organic way the contents of the course.
To be able to orient oneself adequately when reading the reference texts.

No specific prerequisites are required
The legend of Tristan and Isolde in medieval Romance literature (Part I).
The module aims to illustrate the birth and spread of the legend of Tristan and Isolde by analyzing in particular some scenes from Béroul's "Tristan."

A. Punzi, "Tristano. Storia di un mito", Roma, Carocci, 2005;
"La letteratura francese medievale" a cura di M. Mancini, Carocci, Roma, 2020, pp. 131-244 e 271-313;
Béroul, "Tristano e Isotta", a cura di G. Paradisi, Edizioni dell'Orso, Alessandria 2013.
"Tristano e Isotta" di Thomas, a cura di F. Gambino, Mucchi, Modena, 2014.

Other material on the topic (short essays) will be presented and provided by the lecturer on the Moodle platform.

Students who cannot complete the examination programme in the classroom will contact the lecturer.

Ask questions about your classroom program and personal readings. The questions allow to test critical thought, as well as the capacity of mastering the subject.
More specifically:
Knowledge and understanding as well as communication skills will be verified through content questions;
The ability to apply knowledge and understanding will be verified through practical exercises, such as the translation of passages from the texts analysed during the course;
autonomy of judgement will be verified by questions on the personal evaluation of the various positions of the critic on the subject dealt with.

Lectures and presentation by the students of precise researches on the theme of the course assigned during the lectures.
This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 24/11/2023