Italian Literature within Narrative, Poetry and the Stage

lrom2851  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Italian Literature within Narrative, Poetry and the Stage
5 credits
15.0 h
Maeder Costantino;
Bachelor in ROM or ROGE, with a minor subject in Italian or equivalent.
Main themes
Depending on the annual program, in this course we study some of the main authors of Italian literature (from the Middle Ages to the XX century). Students are taught to reflect on the genesis of three literary works (one in verse, one in prose, and a play for the theatre) through study of a body of texts and drafts. This allows students to understand the mechanisms and the challenges of writing (on the part of the author), of reading, of interpreting and of editing (in terms of scholarly critique) which all intervene in the production and the reception of literary work.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

a) read, analyze and interpret a literary text using the methodologies described and adopted in the course,

b) place a literary text within its cultural, linguistic, aesthetic, literary, and scriptural context,

c) identify and interpret different textual levels and their interactions.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Italian opera has had an exceptional social, cultural and political impact in Europe and throughout the world. Although in the eighteenth century Italian opera was an essentially a European phenomenon, in the nineteenth century it conquered the Americas and other continents.
We will study the narratological and cognitive structures that allowed such a success. We will examine the modes of reception (the dissemination of libretti  as a literary genre, staging, etc.), political and social implications, as well as adaptation strategies, fundamental to understanding Italian opera.
The student will be able to read a booklet, to understand its structure and to foresee the musical realization.
Teaching methods
Lectures with student presentations

Evaluation methods
Exam (50 %)
Written work (50 %)
Other information
Pietro Metastasio: L'olimpiade
Pietro Metastasio: Il sogno di Scipione
Salvadore Cammarano: Lucia di Lammermoor
Felice Romani: Colombo
Luigi Illica: Cristoforo Colombo
Arrigo Boito: Amleto
Arrigo Boito: Otello
Articles et essais sur moodle,
Articles à chercher activement en bibliothèque et dans des répositoires d'articles académiques comme JSTOR ou SAGE.

Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Translation