Literature and Cinema

Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Rosario CASTELLI

Expected Learning Outcomes

1) Knowledge and understanding: acquisition of knowledge of the historical development of the relationship between literature and cinema, from its origins to today.

2) Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: in-depth study of the problems posed by the different nature of the two media and understanding of the semiotic and aesthetic mechanisms underlying every literary transcoding.

3) Autonomy of judgment: ability to face, from a critical-evaluative point of view, the problem of receiving and judging the results of cinematographic transpositions of literary texts.

4) Communication skills: consolidation of exposition skills.

5) Learning skills: consolidation of critical judgment skills.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons; viewing and commenting on sequences taken from the history of cinema and television; writing exercises.

Required Prerequisites

No prerequisites required

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

The course will examine aspects of literary and cinematographic narration, with reference to the theory and practice of screen writing. A historical-critical analysis of literary works and films made from them will be conducted. Useful elements will be provided to define the peculiarities of film adaptations with particular reference to a case study.

The course will be divided into the following three modules:

A. The audiovisual novel: narration in literature and cinema.

B. The visible speaking: script and intersections between literature and cinema.

C. A dream within a dream: The Decameron according to Pasolini.


Textbook Information

A. The audiovisual novel: narration in literature and film (2 CFU)


- A. Bernardelli, Che cos’è la narrazione, Roma, Carocci, pp. 7-135.

- G. Tinazzi, La scrittura e lo sguardo, Venezia, Marsilio, pp. 10-178; 190-201.


B. The visible speak: screenwriting and intersections between literature and film (2 CFU)


- L. Aimeri, Manuale di sceneggiatura cinematografica. Teoria e pratica, Torino, UTET Università, 2007, pp. 312.


C. A dream within a dream: Pasolini and the Decameron

Texts :

- C. Vecce, Il Decameron di Pasolini, storia di un sogno, Bologna, Carocci, 2022, pp. 9-152.

- G. Boccaccio, Decameron; we recommend the edition edited by A. Quondam, M. Fiorilla, G. Alfano, Milano, Rizzoli Bur, 2013. Reading and analysis of the following novellas: I, 1 (Ciappelletto); II, 5 (Andreuccio da Perugia); III, 1 (Masetto da Lamporecchio); IV, 5 (Elisabetta da Messina); V, 4 (Ricciardo Manardi); VI, 6 (Michele Scalza); VII, 2 (Peronella) and 10 (i due senesi); IX, 2 (La badessa e le brache) and 10 (Don Gianni e compare Pietro).


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