Students must possess an advanced knowledge of Spanish, as well as a good understanding of the history and culture of Spain.
After completing the course the student will know in depth the general problems and individual aspects of the history of literature. He knows ho to place properly literary products examined in the context of literary history; He has improved his critical skills and consolidated the expertise required to deal with the interpretation of texts, also in connection with the later traditions. The student can understand, translate and comment in Spanish, primary texts and critical methodology using specific methods for the analysis of literary texts.
Cervantes and his "Quijote".
The course aims to examine Cervantes and his work, paying particular attention to the "Don Quijote". The work will be analyzed with reference to the literary tradition of the time and the historical context, as well as the author's biography. Attention will be paid also to the many critical interpretations of the masterpiece that have taken place over the centuries.
Teaching will take place through lectures, but with a focus on discussion and dialogue directly with the students, who will be able, during class, to formulate proposals for further study or debate. Students will be invited to prepare, either alone or in small groups, one of the critical essays, to be presented to the rest of the class. Such essays will be the object of ongoing evaluation.
The examination will be oral, in Spanish, and the evaluation will be out of /30. The question will be structured in four/five questions concerning the entire program in order to verify the acquisition by students of knowledge imparted in the teaching; a question will deepen the historical and literary context, one or two questions will focus on the main reference and one or two questions on the critical bibliography.
We will evaluate: use of appropriate language, completeness of the knowledge, correct exposure, critical skills and elaborative skills, as well as mastery of the Spanish language.
If the teaching is given in a mixed or remote way, changes may be introduced with respect to what is stated in the syllabus to make the course and exams usable also in these ways.
Non-attending students must also prepare the following critical text in addition to the set texts for the course:
Helena Percas de Ponseti, "La cuevas de Montesinos: el lenguaje como creación" en "Cervantes y su concepto del arte", Vol. II, Madrid, Gredos, 1975, pp. 407-447 (PP: 40).