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Littérature italienne médiévale

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Claudio GIGANTE (Coordinator), Sabrina Battipaglia, Sabina GOLA and Théa RIMINI

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

In-depth study based on detailed analysis of texts of the period Origini-Quattrocento. The course focuses mainly on the poetics of the major authors (Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio) and codification of literary genres. Courses are taught in French.

Exercise sessions prepare students for reading literary texts in Italian.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

Study of Italian literature in a historical perspective. Critical reflection on the methods of Italian literary history.

The exercises are designed to teach students to grasp the general meaning of some modern literary texts and to compose short summaries or works. At the end of the course, the student should have reached the A2 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Ex-cathedra course (Prof. C. Gigante) and supervised exercises (Mme S. Gola).

Contribution to the teaching profile

The "literature" part of the course contributes to deepening knowledge not only about Italian language and literature, but also - by virtue of the intertextual approach - about European civilization in the Middle Ages and late Middle Ages. Thanks to the systematic study of the themes, allusions and cultural references of the Divine Comedy, students will be able to acquire techniques of analysis and interpretation also useful for the study of literature from other periods and in other languages.

The language exercises, without neglecting the aim of improving written and oral communication, aim to train the reading and understanding of literary texts (study of the lexicon, rhetorical figures, different narratives techniques, etc.).

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Works of reference:
E. Malato (dir.), Storia della Letteratura italiana, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1995-2005.
Giulio Ferroni, Storia della Letteratura italiana, Milano, Einaudi sc., 1991.
Dante Alighieri, Enfer, traduction de J. Risser, Paris, Flammarion, 2004.
Giovanni Boccaccio, Décaméron, traduction sous la direction de Ch. Bec, Paris, Librairie Générale Française, 1994.
O. Redon, L. Battaglia Ricci, P.G. Beltrami, J. Brunet, A. Grieco, Les langues de l'Italie médiévale, Turnhout, Brepols, 2002
Anthologie bilingue de la poésie italienne, sous la direction de D. Boillet, Paris, Gallimard, 1994 ("Bibliothèque de la Pléiade"), 1994.

Course notes

  • Université virtuelle

Other information

Additional information

All parts are mandatory and must be passed with a minimum of 10/20.


Italian Literature: Prof. Claudio Gigante (Claudio.Gigante@ulb.be, Campus de Solbosch, bureau AZ3.114); Mme Thea Rimini (Thea.Rimini@ulb.be)
Italian exercises: Mme Sabina Gola (Sabina.Gola@ulb.be)




Method(s) of evaluation

  • written examination
  • Oral presentation

written examination

Oral presentation

Oral exam on the History of Italian literature (in French).

Written exam on individual reading from a list of suggested works (in Italian).

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

Oral exam (History of Italian literature): 75%

Written exam: 25%

Language(s) of evaluation

  • french