SCIENZE UMANISTICHEModern PhilologyAcademic Year 2022/2023



Expected Learning Outcomes

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) knowledge and understanding skills such as to reinforce those achieved in the first cycle; ability to elaborate and / or apply original ideas, in a research context.

2) ability to apply knowledge and understanding and ability to solve problems to new or unfamiliar issues, inserted in broader (or interdisciplinary) contexts connected to one's field of study;

3) ability to integrate knowledge and to formulate judgments on the basis of information that is not necessarily complete;

4) ability to communicate one's knowledge clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors.

5) ability to carry out research autonomously.

Special objectives: Introduction to sociological criticism as interpretation of the relationship text/context (influences of the social context on authors and works, ideological orientations involved in the text, forms of representation of the real) and as a research into the circulation of themes, genres and styles.


Course Structure


Required Prerequisites

Fundamentals of the history of European literature.

Attendance of Lessons


Detailed Course Content

The module A focuses on the study of the themes, the problems and the main works of the twentieth century sociology of literature.

The module B is an introduction to the concept of kitsch, with some examples of sociological approach to narrative texts (literary and cinematographic).

Textbook Information

A      General problems (3 ECTS)


1. Gianni Turchetta, Critica, letteratura e società, Carocci, pp. 7-291. 


2. One work of your choice:

Walter Benjamin, L’opera d’arte nell’epoca della riproducibilità tecnica, Einaudi; 

Walter Benjamin, Angelus Novus, Einaudi; 

Erich Auerbach, Mimesis, vol. II, Einaudi, pp. 220-343; 

Roland Barthes, Miti d’oggi, Einaudi, pp. 1-271; 

Umberto Eco, Apocalittici e integrati, Bompiani, pp. 3-129, 219-260; Hans Robert Jauss, Storia della letteratura come provocazione, Bollati Boringhieri, pp. 166-268; 

Pierre Bourdieu, Le regole dell’arte, Il Saggiatore, pp. 53-176; 

Paolo Jedlowski, Il racconto come dimora, Bollati Boringhieri, pp. 9-155.


B         Focus (3 ECTS)

The phototext


1. Roland Barthes, La camera chiara, Einaudi, Torino 2003, pp. 1-130; Giuseppe Carrara, Storie a vista. Retorica e poetiche del fototesto, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2020, pp. 7-87, 369-372 and passimthe parts dedicated to the texts listed in point B2.

2. One work of your choice:

Elio Vittorini e Luigi Crocenzi, Conversazione in Sicilia, Bompiani, Milano 2021;

Paul Strand e Cesare Zavattini, Un paese, Einaudi, Torino 2021;

Giorgio Vasta e Ramak Fazel, Absolutely nothing, Quodlibet, Macerata 2016;

Antonella Anedda, La vita dei dettagli, Donzelli, Roma 2009;

Michele Mari, Leggenda privata, Einaudi, Torino 2017;

Giorgio Agamben, Autoritratto nello studio, nottetempo, Milano 2017;

Helena Janeczek, La ragazza con la Leica, Guanda, Milano 2017;

Giorgio Falco e Sabrina Ragucci, Flashover, Einaudi, Torino 2020.



Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs are available at the Library of DISUM.

Learning Assessment

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

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