The course is structured on the basis of two tracks:
- Critical-literary track (monolingual or bilingual)
- Theoretical-comparative track
Within this track, students may choose a monolingual or bilingual programme.
The monolingual programme concentrates on the study of one European language and literature and pays particular attention to the critical interpretations of literary discourse. The literary production of extra-European countries where the chosen language (or languages) is spoken can also be investigated, laying emphasis on its theoretical, methodological and communicative aspects.
The bilingual programme focuses on the study of two European languages and literatures, or on the literary production of extra-European countries where the chosen languages are spoken, laying emphasis on their theoretical, methodological and communicative aspects.
Within this track, students will familiarize with the sense of unity and connection of the linguistic and literary culture characterizing Europe, with an emphasis on the transnational circulation of thematic, formal and rhetorical elements which contribute to posing the notion of national literatures in a wider context. Special attention is devoted to the acquisition of philological skills alongside a theoretical and methodological background allowing for a semiotic, aesthetic and historical interpretation of literary discourse.
The crowning moment of both tracks consists in the writing of a final dissertation. Students must present their original research thesis and orally defend it by focusing on one of the study fields (or more than one, in a comparative perspective) which are part of the degree programme. The analysis is developed under the direction of an academic supervisor who should also be a member of the Master’s Degree’s council.
The minimum length for the dissertation is 240,000 characters (ca. 120 pages). Students may choose to write it in Italian or in one of the foreign languages of his/her syllabus. The oral defense will be partially (or totally) delivered in one of the said foreign languages.
The work is assessed by an appointed degree board. Final grades will take into consideration both the dissertation’s project and achievements (its quality and originality, argumentative style and oral defense) and the grades of the exams (calculated on a weighted average basis) that the student took throughout the two-year cycle. The degree board can assign a maximum score of 11 to the dissertation. The minimum passing mark for the final degree is 66/110, whereas the maximum corresponds to 110/110. Graduations with honours (110/110 cum laude) need to be approved unanimously by the board.
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