Level of study Third/Final year
Credit value 10
Semester 1 and 2.
Pre-requisite modules Students must be studying the Italian language
The module aims to introduce students to the writings of Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) within the context of Italian and European literary and intellectual culture. In particular this linked module examines: the modifications which Leopardi's poetry brings to lyric tradition in Italy; the articulation of the themes of memory, pleasure and desire in his thought; and the contrary pull of illusion and truth in both his poetry and his philosophy. Discussion will focus on the Canti, the Operette morali, and selections from the Zibaldone and the letters.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, classes and seminars. There are two contact hours per week which will take the form of lecture-seminars, in which students’ presentations play an important part. Presentations will require the preparation of reading-sheets, which will be distributed in advance on a weekly basis. The course is assessed by one 6,000-word dissertation to be submitted in May. Students taking the module for one semester (10 credits) only write a 3000 word essay.