Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: SIMONA AGNESE SCATTINA

Expected Learning Outcomes

The course deals with those theatres of the early and second half of the 20th century that have contributed to the shaping of the very notion of scenic writing. In particular, the aim is to provide students with the knowledge of some notions related to the contemporary debate on scenic writing as a theoretical object, with the aim of delving into the fundamental issues of the discipline and to be able to understand how to ‘write theatre’, with which grammar and which signs. The theatrical studies and case studies, which are the subject of the course, will enhance the ability to interpret dramaturgical phenomena in general, enable students to acquire the specific terminology of the studies in the sector, and develop their expressive and argumentative skills. Students will be able to find their way among the proposed sources and integrate what they have learnt in class both through autonomous study and through their own experience as spectators/spectators.

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

1. knowledge of the main literary movements of 19th and 20th century and understanding of their historical and cultural connections.

2. ability to apply acquired knowledge in studying and learning authors and literary movements not included in the curriculum.

3. ability to formulate independent analysis and evaluations about the authors studied and to synthesize them appropriately.

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

5. ability to carry out research autonomously.

Course Structure

The course is subdivided into two modules: the first (A), theoretical-institutional, proposes general issues of dramaturgy in the second half of the 20th century.

The second (B) is dedicated to two Sicilian trilogies. That of Nino Romeo who, thanks to his dramaturgical temperament and peculiar diction, is one of the protagonists of the contemporary Italian scene.

There will be an alternating frontal and workshop dimension, thanks to Nino Romeo, who has made himself available to engage in dialogue with students, who will also be invited to attend performances in the city's theatres.

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance is not compulsory.

Detailed Course Content

- Institutions of dramaturgy theory.

- The tradition of the dramatic text between page and stage. Problems and methods of theatre philology.

- Forms of dramaturgy: historical overview from antiquity to the twentieth century through the analysis of some successful examples.

- Author / Actor / Director between dramaturgy and writings of the scene.

- Case study: writing for the theatre, Nino Romeo, a nomad of theatre.

Textbook Information

A. Dramaturgy: definitions and method (3 ECTS)


- M. De Marinis, Ripensare il Novecento teatrale. Paesaggi e spaesamenti, Roma, Bulzoni, 2018 (344 pp.)


B. «Theatre is not a book... it must be alive» (3 ECTS)


- N. Romeo, La casa della nonna, Nubendi, Sorelle per legge, Roma, Bulzoni, 2015 (207 pp.)

- N. Romeo, Fatto in casa, (text will be provided in pdf)

- N. Romeo, La rondine, l’usignolo e l’upupa (text will be provided in pdf)

- N. Romeo, Dollìrio, in «Ridotto», (text will be provided in pdf)

- N. Romeo, Storia di Frangisca, in «Ridotto», (text will be provided in pdf)


Critical insights:

- F. Ilardo, Cromosoma Sicilia: l’Isola plurale come forma La Nuova Drammaturgia Contemporanea in Sicilia: anatomia di un’estetica divergente, in https://www.accademiadipalermo.it/wp/wp-content/uploads/ISOLA-PLURALE-ANATOMIA-DI-UNESTETICA-DIVERGENTE.pdf


Video readings:

La casa della nonna



Storia di Frangisca


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.