Giuliana Adamo

Italian School Faculty

Giuliana Adamo is Assistant Professor in Italian at Trinity College Dublin. A graduate of the University of Pavia, she received her PhD in Italian at the University of Reading. She has a strong interest in dialectal literary cultures and is the author of numerous works on Luigi Meneghello, Vincenzo Consolo, Paolo Bertolani, Maria Attanasio, and Antonella Anedda Angioy. Her main areas of interest are philology, history, history of literary genres, rhetoric, semiotics, comparative literature and translation. Adamo is the author of many books and articles. She is a passionate and demanding teacher. She lectures on language and literature to undergraduate and postgraduate students. 



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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ITAL3415 - Survey Italian Lit & Culture      

This course is an introduction to Italian literary texts illustrating the cultural and socio-political history of Italy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will acquire knowledge of how Italian literary texts reflect in a profound way Italy’s social, cultural, economic and political history. The major works of representative Italian authors and literary movements will be presented in time progression, discussed and commented in their cultural, historic and political contexts. The readings will serve as a starting point for conversation aimed at improving the students’ ability to express themselves with accuracy both in speaking and in writing. The study of literature will also provide a basis for analyzing in greater detail the evolution of the Italian language as used in literary texts. The study of Italian literature will be carried out through class readings and discussions, some video showings, and written compositions.

Required Texts:
Paolo E. Balboni, Anna Biguzzi, Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri, Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2008 (ISBN: 978-88-557-0096-2), Carlo Guastalla, Non dirmi che hai paura di Giuseppe Catozzella – Feltrinelli –

*Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.*

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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ITAL6577 - Textual Worlds Med&Humanistic      

The Textual Worlds of Medieval and Humanistic Italy

This course examines the emergence of Italian literary culture from its earliest manifestations in the 13th century to Renaissance Humanism of the 15th century. Selected readings from major works of representative authors will illustrate the dominant intellectual trends and the development of literary forms and of the Italian literary language. We will explore topics such as the interrelationship between literature, the history of ideas and the other arts, as well as the connection between literature and social forces. This course will focus on the following authors and on some of their works mainly focusing on linguistic aspects and on the theme of love:
- The Sicilian poets centered in the court of Emperor Fredrick II (1194-1250) and his son Manfredi (d. 1266). They established the vernacular. Among the outstanding poets of the Sicilian school was Giacomo da Lentini credited with the invention of one of the major Italian poetic forms: the sonnet. This course will analyze two of his poems: the sonnet Amor è uno desio che ven da core and the canzonetta Meravigliosamente.

- Dolce stil novo poets, a group of 13th–14th-century Italian poets, mostly Florentines, whose vernacular sonnets, canzoni, and ballate celebrate a spiritual and idealized view of love and womanhood in delicate and musical ways. The course will focus on one poem from each of the following poets: Guido Guinizelli’s Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore, Guido Cavalcanti’s Chi è questa che vèn, ch’
ogn’om la mira and Dante Alighieri’s Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare.

- Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), Italian humanist, poet, and writer is famous for his Canzoniere, a collection of poems in vernacular which would go on to become the single greatest influence on the love poetry of Renaissance Europe until well into the 17th century. We will conduct a close reading of the proemial poem Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono and one of the sonnets for Laura Levommi il mio pensier in parte ov’era.

- Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) is the author of The Decameron, a medieval allegory told as a frame story encompassing 100 tales by ten young Florentine (7 women and 3 men), referred to as the Brigata, gathering together in a countryside villa for two weeks while escaping from the Black Death. Each agrees to tell one story each day for ten days. It is considered the masterpiece of the early Italian prose. This course will focus on Boccaccio’s Preface and two tales about love: IV, 5 Elisabetta da Messina (tragic love) and VII, 8 Arriguccio Berlingieri (cheating love).

- Ludovico Ariosto’s (1474-1533) Orlando furioso is an Italian epic poem which has exerted a wide influence on later culture. This course will introduce students to the new literary genre (“poema cavalleresco” “romanzo”) of which the Furioso is the best sample focusing on the first 4 strophes of Canto .

Required Texts:
Students are required to read the indicated texts before the class in which they will be respectively discussed.
Critical works suggested:
Bruno Migliorini, Storia della lingua italiana, 2007.
Gianfranco Contini, Letteratura italiana delle origini (1978), BUR, 2013
Cesare Segre (a cura di), Introduzione, in Ludovico Ariosto: Orlando furioso, Milano, Mondadori, 1964. Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL6623 - Francesco Petrarca &Canzoniere      

Reason, Passion and Consciousness in Francesco Petrarca's /Canzoniere/

This course will focus on Petrarch, the very first poet of modernity, and his Canzoniere which recounts – in 366 poems – the poet’s love for Laura. Here, the universal themes of love, joy, pain, sorrow, melancholy, nostalgia, hope and death, are elaborated by Petrarch with such a beauty and formal perfection that they have become models for countless poets and readers. This course will examine how the Canzoniere is constructed and why Petrarca continues to surprise us with his modernity. Moving from a synopsis of the love-centered literary tradition previous to Petrarch we will focus on some of the most significant Petrarchan poems to underscore the phenomenology of love in his masterpiece.

Required Texts:
-Francesco Petrarca, Canzoniere, Introduction by Paolo Cherchi, edited by Sabina Stroppa, Torino, Einaudi, 2010, ET Classici, pp. XXXVIII - 634 , ISBN 9788806197780
(with two essays by Giosuè Carducci and Gianfranco Contini), 14.50 EUR.
-Paolo Cherchi, Verso la chiusura. Saggio sul Canzoniere, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008, pp. 200, ISBN 9788815120250, EUR 17.00, Available in Kindle format EUR 9,09. Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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ITAL6672 - Principles Lit Communication      

Principles of Literary Communication

This course will focus on the basic rules upon which any literary communication is based. Particular attention will be dedicated to rhetoric and poetics problems. The course will explore some important theories and methods regarding, respectively, the creation and production of texts and their readership reception. The course will analyze a few literary masterpieces of the Western literary canon, with a close reading of their narrative beginning and ending: the two most poignant textual places in any literary work. Places of fundamental importance since they convey all the most significant aspects (rhetorical, thematic, linguistic, narratological, etc.) which are necessary for a correct reading of the selected text. The aim of this course is to offer to the students a clear basis for reading narrative works. GLIT

Primary works required for this course:
Manzoni Alessandro, I promessi sposi (1840-1842), (as a founding model of the historical novel genre).
Sciascia Leonardo, Il giorno della civetta, 1961 (as a sample of a peculiar detective story genre)
Attanasio Maria, Correva l’anno 1698 e nella città avvenne il fatto memorabile, Sellerio, Palermo, 1994 (as a sample of a contemporary short historical narrative). Literature

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