SCIENZE UMANISTICHEComparative Literature and LanguagesAcademic Year 2022/2023



Expected Learning Outcomes

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

1)     Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of complex texts from contemporary philosophy and semiotics, ability to analyse the text, ability to put different theoretical perspectives into perspective and reconstruct the overall theoretical framework

2)     Applying knowledge and understanding

Ability to link, connect and compare different positions in an articulated theoretical debate


3)     Making Judgements

Ability to formulate original positions and objections to the texts examined


4)     Communication Skills

Complex expression and detailed reconstruction of theories, lexical property, acquisition of specialised vocabulary of the semiotics of culture

5)     Learning skills

Development of analytical, synthesis and rhetorical argumentation skills to defend theses and counter them, based on appropriate philosophical methodology and rhetorical techniques

Course Structure

Lectures, brainstorming and classroom exercises.

If the course will be taught in a blended mode or on line, the necessary changes will be made in order to comply with the syllabus.

Required Prerequisites

No prerequisite

Attendance of Lessons


Detailed Course Content

1.     Textual semiotics

2.     Narrativity and discourse

3.     Aesthetic perception and meaning

4.     Semiotic of culture

5.     The phenomenological view: Merleau-Ponty and the “prose of world”

6.     Philosophy of expression

7.     Style and form of life

8.     Semiogenesis

9.     Semiotic imagination

10.   Telling, imaging, living: a “distributed” theory of culture

11.   The “Neuter”: a explosive expressive category

12. Barthes and the expression of style

Textbook Information

1.     Gianfranco Marrone, Introduzione alla semiotica del testo, Roma- Bari, laterza, 2011, pp. 191.


2.     Selected texts of: Roland Barthes “Il Neutro. Corso al Collège de France”, Mimesis, Milano, 2022, pp. 368, (the selection is available on Studium, 30 pp. approx.).


3.     Maurice Merleau-Ponty, La prosa del mondo, Milano, Mimesis, 2019, pp. 184.


4.     Antonino Bondì, Semiogenesi. Forme, figure e motivi dell’espressione, Lentini, Duetredue edizioni, 2022, pp. 149.


5.     The other texts may be provided through the Studium platform.


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 can be consulted in the Library.

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Text semioticsMarrone, chap. 1
2Narrativity and storytellingMarrone chap. 2
3Discoursivity and meaningMarrone chap. 3- 4
4The "meaning" of Neutre: semiotic analysis Barthes, texts on the Studium platform
5The science of expressionMerleau-Ponty, chap. 1-3
6The perception of other and the dialogueMerleau-Ponty, capp.4-6
7The concept of semiogenesisBondì, introduction, chap. 1
8Between experience and semiotic perceptionBondì, chap. 2
9The language as gestureBondì, chap. 3
10Semiotic imagination and phenomenology of languageBondì, chap. 4

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