By the end of the course, students will be able to read critically both the theoretical contributions and the narrative texts proposed. Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to:
a) mastering the different critical perspectives that have dealt with the relationship between literature and landscape and, in particular, the urban landscape;
b) analyze the cultural, political, historical and economic conditions that during the twentieth century led to the development of a narrative vein particularly attentive to the representation of urban space;
c) reflect on the reasons that led most of the writers taken into consideration to assume a critical attitude towards urban reality as the highest expression of industrialized, capitalist and mass society which took place above all after the Second World War.
Literature and landscape: the representation of urban space in Italian literature of the twentieth century and, in particular, of the second half of the century. After an introduction dedicated to the definition of the concept of "landscape" and its different meanings, the course will focus on the analysis of some of the most significant works for the narration of contemporary urban space.
The course will be held in Italian and it will be based on lectures, yet directly involving the students in discussion and dialogue. During classes, students’ proposals for further analyses or debate will be welcome.
The evaluation will be oral. The questions will concern the content of the literary works and critical texts proposed, analyzed and commented on in class and listed in the bibliography, and will verify the achievement of what is established in the educational objectives.
The course will take place in the second semester and is taught in Italian. The course programs are valid for two years. Foreign students are kindly asked to contact the professor. The course bibliography can also be found on Leganto.
In the event of provisions of the competent authority regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency, the teaching may undergo changes with respect to what is stated in the syllabus to bring the course and exams in line with the provisions.