Didactics of Literature

Academic Year 2022/2023 - Teacher: ANDREA MANGANARO

Expected Learning Outcomes

According to the Dublin descriptors, students, at the end of the course, will demonstrate:

1) knowledge and understanding skills such as to reinforce those achieved in the first cycle; ability to elaborate and / or apply original ideas, in a research context.

2) ability to apply knowledge and understanding and ability to solve problems to new or unfamiliar issues, inserted in broader (or interdisciplinary) contexts connected to one's field of study;

3) ability to integrate knowledge and to formulate judgments on the basis of information that is not necessarily complete;

4) ability to communicate one's knowledge clearly and unambiguously to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors.

5) ability to carry out research autonomously.

Special objectives:

The Course aims in particular to develop awareness about the role of literary education, and  teaching strategies of interpretative competence; to introduce forms of literary knowledge able to open Italian canon and canons of other cultures, European and non-European. The course intends to guarantee to new generations of students the literary education possibilities, and to revive the profound sense, still indispensable today, of teaching literature

Course Structure

Frontal lessons. Reading and discussion of texts in the classroom.

Required Prerequisites

Good knowledge of the fundamentals of the development of Italian literature from its origins to the 20th century through direct reading of texts from the Italian literary tradition; discrete writing skills; discrete critical sense and discrete interpretation skills. 

Attendance of Lessons


Detailed Course Content

-            A   (Prof. A. Manganaro): Teaching Italian literature today (2 ECTS)

-           B (Prof. A. Scuderi): The Text in the Class: Pleasure or Duty? (2 ECTS)

-           C (Prof. R. Castelli):  Teaching frontiers. Research and learning for digital natives (2 ECTS)

Textbook Information

A (Prof. A. Manganaro): Teaching Italian literature today (2 CFU)

-         A. Manganaro, Per la didattica della letteratura italiana, Acireale-Roma, Bonanno, 2020 («Insegnare letteratura», 5), pp. 152.


-          B (Prof. A. Scuderi): The Text in the Class: Pleasure or Duty?

 -          L.  Ferrieri, P. Innocenti, Il piacere di leggere. Teoria e pratica della lettura, Unicopli, Milano, 1995, pp. 9-155;

-          I. Calvino, «Perché leggere i classici» in Saggi, vol. II, Mondadori, Milano, pp. 1816-1824;

-          E. Bandini, «Non come un romanzo. Retoriche scolastiche ed educazione alla lettura» in Between, 7, 2014, pp. 1-15;

-          E. Bandini, «Dalla porta di servizio. Didattica della letteratura, scuola e università», Between, 10, 2015, pp. 1-18;

-          A. Scuderi, “Il piacere estetico è un sistema complesso: per un’erotica della lettura”, in AA.VV. Par le geus d’Amors savorous. Parole di Eros dal Medioevo al Moderno, Rubbettino, 2022, pp. 269-285.

 -          C (Prof. R. Castelli): Teaching frontiers. Research and learning for digital natives (2 ECTS)

        -    Insegnare letteratura nell’era digitale, edited by F. Riva, Pisa, ETS, pp.  5-118.

-          S. Giusti, Didattica della letteratura 2.0, Roma, Carocci , pp. 7-116;

-          S. Magherini, Strumenti informatici per la letteratura italiana, in Didattica della letteratura italiana, edited by G. Ruozzi and G. Tellini, Milano, Mondadori, 2020, pp. 173-184.


Please remember that in compliance with art 171 L22.04.1941, n. 633 and its amendments, it is illegal to copy entire books or journals, only 15% of their content can be copied.

For further information on sanctions and regulations concerning photocopying please refer to the regulations on copyright (Linee Guida sulla Gestione dei Diritti d’Autore) provided by AIDRO - Associazione Italiana per i Diritti di Riproduzione delle opere dell’ingegno (the Italian Association on Copyright).

All the books listed in the programs can be consulted in the Library.

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Module A
2Module A
3Module A
4Module A
5Module A
6Module A
7Module B
8Module B
9Module B
10Module B
11Module B
12Module B
13Module C
14Module C
15Module C
16Module C
17Module C
18Module C

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Examination procedure: an intermediate examination after the conclusion of each module. 

End-of-course examination: Oral examination. For the assessment of the examination, account will be taken of the candidate's mastery of the content and skills acquired, linguistic accuracy and lexical property, as well as his or her argumentative capacity.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

1. Literary and interpretative skills.
2. The limit of interpretations
3.  The canon between East and West 
4. The learning management system