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Letteratura e giornalismo: Dall'elzeviro alla rubrica d'autore

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2019-2020

Admission requirements

Il corso verrà impartito interamente in lingua italiana per cui è richiesta una conoscenza dell'italiano scritto e parlato a livello B2.

You have a bachelor in Italian Language and Literature (or a bachelor in another modern language and culture) with a good knowledge of Italian.

Students from other tracks of Literary Studies or Media Studies are welcome provided they have a good reading and listening proficiency in Italian (Their written paper can be handed in in English or Dutch. Please contact the teacher before signing in).

Description

Il corso sul giornalismo culturale viene offerto per la prima volta nell'anno accademico 2019-2020 ed è a cura della docente Carmen Van den Bergh.

Questo corso è dedicato allo sviluppo e alle caratteristiche più importanti di quel che si descrive come “Giornalismo culturale” in Italia – dall’elzeviro, alla rubrica d’autore, dalle interviste alla posta dei lettori. In questo corso lo studente si approccerà in modo attivo alla familiarizzazione dei vari generi e verrà coinvolto attivamente nella scrittura creativa di queste forme brevi e nell’applicare i principi fondamentali dell’editoria.
Oltre ai concetti portanti e gli autori maggiormente conosciuti, lo studente verrà coinvolto nelle ricerche più recenti su giornalismo e letteratura, attraverso materiali d’archivio ed esercizi stimolanti.
Come arco temporale ci si concentrerà sulla prima metà del XX secolo che inizia con scrivevano per la pagina culturale del Corriere molte fra le firme più prestigiose della cultura italiana, come Gabriele D'Annunzio, Benedetto Croce, Luigi Pirandello, Grazia Deledda, Ada Negri, Massimo Bontempelli, Eugenio Montale, Curzio Malaparte e molti altri.
Durante il periodo modernista il giornalismo e la letteratura hanno vissuto una relazione complessa, ma anche proficua, nonostante le loro diverse funzioni e declinazioni. Il giornale ha potuto beneficiare della creatività, dello stile, ma soprattutto del modo di pensare in relazione alla parola tipica del mondo letterario. La letteratura, da parte sua ha trovato sul giornale uno strumento di diffusione. L’intreccio di questi due mondi ha portato in diversi casi alla creazione di forme ibride, come è avvenuto attraverso la Terza pagina, soprattutto nella forma dell’Elzeviro, un genere tutto italiano, o attraverso figure con doppia vocazione, quale lo Scrittore-giornalista.

(ENG)
This course is dedicated to the development of the so-called "Cultural Journalism" in Italy, and its most important features - from the elzeviro, to the author's column, from authors’ interviews to agony aunts. In this course the student will familiarize with various genres and will be actively involved in the creative writing process of them, applying as well the fundamental principles of editing and publishing. In addition to this, the student will be involved in ongoing research on journalism and literature, through the direct contact with archival materials and stimulating exercises.

Concerning the time span and focus, the primary texts originate from the first half of the 20th century. A lot of famous writers wrote for the cultural pages of the Corriere della Sera (from Gabriele D'Annunzio to Benedetto Croce, from Luigi Pirandello to Grazia Deledda, Ada Negri, Massimo Bontempelli, Eugenio Montale, Curzio Malaparte and many others).
During the modernist period, journalism and literature lived a complex but also fruitful relationship, despite their different functions. The newspaper was able to benefit from the creativity, the imagination and the style coming from the literary world. Literature, for its part, has found in the newspaper a new means of dissemination. The intertwining of these two worlds has led in several cases to the creation of hybrid forms, e.g. through the Terza Pagina, especially in the form of the Elzeviro, an all-Italian genre, or through figures with a double vocation, such as the Writer-Journalist.

Course objectives

ENG

  • Students acquire knowledge and insight into cultural-historical and social developments linked to literature and journalism. They also have knowledge of the most important authors and the different text typologies.

  • Students master core concepts and theoretical research methods. They can collect and select scientific literature. They can also handle digital newspaper archives. They can explain their research results in a clear and substantiated manner, both orally and in writing.

  • Students can actively participate in a subject-specific discussion, in Italian, and provide feedback to fellow students in a constructive manner.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the MA Literary Studies website

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures alternate with tutorials and seminars.

  • Students are required to prepare tasks and readings autonomously. The tasks are specified during classes or via Blackboard.

Course Load

10 EC = 280 hours

  • weekly 3-hour seminar (3×13 hours): 39 hours

  • weekly reading assignments and oral presentation : 100 hours

  • mid-term assignment : 41 hours

  • final paper: 100 hours.

Assessment method

Assessment

  • midterm assignment (approx. 2000 words): 20% of final mark

  • participation: 10%

  • oral presentation: 20 %

  • final paper (approx. 5000 words): 50%

Research MA students will have to engage with an extra task to be decided in consultation with the tutor.

Weighing

The final mark is the weighted average of participation, Midterm Essay, oral presentation and final paper

Resit

Resit: only for the midtern essay and the final paper.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for:

  • reader

  • course material

Reading list

Reader

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory. General information about uSis is available on the website.
In case you have difficulties with registering for courses contact Van Wijkplaats Education Administration Office. Always include your name, student number, the course title and the concerning activity number (see schedule).

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

Contact

Dr. C. van den Bergh

Literary Studies departmental office

Coordinator of studies: stuco-ma-literarystudies@hum.leidenuniv.nl