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Littérature italienne de l’époque moderne / Letteratura italiana dell’étà moderna

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Claudio GIGANTE (Coordinator) and Théa RIMINI

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

The course subject is the study of modern Italian literature, including particularly a group of authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Foscolo, Manzoni, Leopardi, Verga, Pirandello, Svevo). Courses are taught in Italian.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

History of Italian literature from nineteenth to the twentieth century.


1. Introduction to the analysis of Italian literary texts from nineteenth to the twentieth century.

2. The exercises are designed to teach students to read and interpret the texts and the books that are included in the program. At the end of the course, the student should have reached level B2 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Teaching methods and learning activities

1 (Italian literature). Ex-cathedra course.

2. (Exercises). Interactive course (Speech-Language Development: Oral and Written).

Classroom work is reinforced by reading assignments and exercises.

Contribution to the teaching profile

The course, in its two components (history of literature and reading exercises on the texts) contributes to deepening knowledge linked not only to the Italian language and literature, but also to European civilization of the modern era and in particular of the 19th-20th centuries.
Thanks to the intertextual approach - adopted for reading narrative texts and different poetic forms - students will be able to acquire techniques of analysis and interpretation that are also useful for the study of modern literature in other languages.

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Bibliography: Titles are chosen according to the theme of the course. When it is possible, the texts of the works in the program can be found on the Université virtuelle.

Works of reference:
E. Malato (dir.), Storia della Letteratura italiana, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1995-2005;
G. Ferroni, Storia della letteratura italiana, Milano, Einaudi sc., 1991.
G. Contini, Letteratura dell'Italia unita, Milano, Rizzoli, 2012
Ugo Foscolo, Le ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis, a cura di P. Frare, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2019.
Ugo Foscolo, Poesie, a cura di M. Palumbo, Milano,Rizzoli, 2021.
Giacomo Leopardi, Canti, a cura di N. Gallo, Torino, Einaudi, 2016.
Giacomo Leopardi, Operette morali, a cura di Paolo Ruffilli, Milano, Garzanti, 2019.
Alessandro Manzoni, I promessi sposi, a cura di E. Raimondi e L. Bottoni, Roma, Carocci, 2021.
Antologia della poesia italiana. Ottocento, a cura di C. Ossola e C. Segre, Torino, Einaudi, 2007.
Giovanni Verga, Novelle, a cura di C. Riccardi, Milano, Mondadori, 2017.
Luigi Pirandello, Il fu Mattia Pascal, a cura di G. Mazzacurati, Torino, Einaudi, 1993.
Italo Svevo, La coscienza di Zeno, introd. di C. Gigante, Milano, Mondadori, 2021.

Course notes

  • Université virtuelle

Other information


Italian Literature: Prof. Claudio Gigante (Claudio.Gigante@ulb.be)

Italian Exercises: Mme Thea Rimini (Thea.Rimini@ulb.be)




Method(s) of evaluation

  • Oral examination

Oral examination

Oral examination.

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

History of Italian literature (65%); level of speaking (35%).

Language(s) of evaluation

  • french
  • (if applicable Italian )