In this course, we will analyse how texts from Italian poetry create meanings. We will study the various phenomena linked to the presence or absence of communication, to arguing, to iconicity and to how the significant produces meaning.
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”.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
To be able to analyse an italian libretto.
To learn how a libretto functions.
To learn the characteristics of the libretto and of italian operas.
To know how to write-up an analysis.
To have read the fundamental libretti.
This course introduces the cantautori, a phenomenon in Italian pop music, whose literary and poetic importance has often been stressed. We will mainly examine the concept albums (that is CDs built around a precise political, poetic or existential theme), at their height in the 60s and 70s.
Students will learn how to use the necessary tools to explore the poetic texts of songs and introduce musical aspects into their analysis: the musical aspect does not require any previous musical training.
An important aspect of the course is studying the concept album as a new form of collected poetry.
Students are required to analyse a concept album and hand in a first draft of a written assignment by 20 November. In the light of the lecturers' comments, the final version is to be handed in before the official revision period.
There is a formal oral examination at which students are required to defend their assignment.
All the necessary information can be found on iCampus together with a more detailed description of all the course requirements.