PhD Programmes Italianistica

Since its foundation, the Ph.D. programme in Italian Studies at La Sapienza has focused on themes generally related to the subject area, in particular Italian literature and Italian language, from the origins to the contemporary period, in all its aspects: historical, cultural, critical, theoretical and philological, and in its relationship with other literatures and cultures, both ancient and modern. The focus of the Italian Studies Ph.D. is Italian Literature, and the aim is to further improve the high standards achieved at "La Sapienza" in scientific fields related to Italian studies, from earlier scholars schools to recent ones. It is important to notice that Italian Studies have always had a high profile, especially in connection with National Identity, the deep meaning of Italian history and Italian sense of belonging and citizenship. A value which has been strongly shown in the Celebration Year of the Italian political unification (2011), through the cultural activities developed by Scholars and Resarchers of Italian Literature at "La Sapienza". Italian Studies Ph.D. in "La Sapienza" University will grow with the contribution of other subject connected with Italian Literature, both in terms of the methodology used and the range of topics in order to build the third university educational system level. OBJECTIVES In the 28 years of its running, Italian Studies Ph.D. in "La Sapienza" University has represented an important reference point - not only in the Italian context but also abroad - for research training in fields which are relevant to the study of Italian Literature and literary cultures since the Middle Ages, both in the Italian Language and in the other languages of Italian Literature, such as Latin and Italian dialects. Based on such targets, the Pd.D. Program has organized specific educational pathways, with cycles of lectures for Ph.D. students, as well as seminars and conferences with Italian and foreign scholars on issues related to the research of postgraduates students. On such well estabished track record the Ph.D. Board has tackled the issues connected to the structural and functional reorganization of the Italian Studies Ph.D. program, as the third stage of university education. The Italian Studies Ph.D. has adopted in particular a credit-oriented system, in line with the two degree levels, developing a particular postgraduate curriculum divided into three stages and 180 credits: 90 of whom related to the dissertation, and 90 to be gained through research-coaching courses oganized during the 3 years (45 in the first year, 30 in the second, 15 in the third). Thanks to this experimental approach, the Italian Studies Ph.D. aims to strenghten the delivery of its its educational program, aspiring to develop high level competences, in the field in which postgraduates will make their studies, making also specific and different experiences. The well known spring seminar – organised by the students themselves - will obviously be held, because it has been proving a great training occasion and opportunity for the exchange of ideas and methods, as one can see from the volumes, of training material published in succession. The goal of the PhD program in Italian Studies at La Sapienza is to promote education in: • philological research on Italian Literary writers textual tradition, both handwritten and printed, in order to form students, who have this specific interest, to make critical editions of high quality texts, with modern ecdotic techniques; • historical and critical research on the whole of Italian Literature, in order to provide students, who develop this particular interest, with the fundamental and most innovative instruments to produce high quality studies on the issues of periodization and characterization of the different phases and typologies of Italian literature, Italian writers experiences, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of texts, their form and contents, their reception, style and tradition; • critical and theorical point of view, in order to form students, who want to go deeper into the analysis of Italian literature in a comparative way, to study its European dissemination, through cultural models, with inquiries on the spread of Italian literature and cultural models abroad, the intellectual emigration, writings of non native Italian writers, and native Italian writers in other languages.