Coordinator Prof. Raul Mordenti

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Description of Doctoral Programme, PhD in “Comparative Studies”

The aim of the scientific discipline known as “Comparative Studies” is to identify relationships between authors, texts, movements and phenomena of different cultures so as to highlight their characteristic aspects in terms of both continuity and specificity.

In the contemporary era of multiculturalism and globalization, as the dissemination of ideas becomes increasingly more rapid and widespread, an openness to alterity acquires fundamental significance and impacts not only linguistic and literary experience but also pedagogical concepts and practices, thereby modifying consolidated models and creating new ones.

On the basis of these considerations, and also with reference to recent interchanges within the European Union regarding cultural policies, the comparativist approach permits an important and original expansion of the themes and perspectives of recent research in linguistics, literature and education.

The main objectives of the doctoral programme focus on preparing scholars with excellent critical, analytical kills in the fields of literature, languages and education.

The tools and methodologies acquired by the doctoral candidates in their chosen fields of study will be enhanced and strengthened thanks to the typically comparativist contributions inherent in the comparison of different cultures, languages, literatures, contexts and formative systems. Within the basic uniformity of the doctoral programme, four curricula are offered: Foreign Languages and Literatures, Italian Studies, Education, Literary and Linguistic Theory.