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ITAL W1204x. Rapid Reading and Translation. 3 pts.

Primarily for graduate students and others who need to develop their reading knowledge of Italian. Grammar and vocabulary review; practice in reading and translating Italian from a variety of fields, including literature, art history, and political science, depending on the needs of the students. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Note: this course may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or to fulfill major or concentration requirements.

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL W1204
ITAL
1204
17270
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
TBA
M. Gozzi 3 / 18 [ More Info ]

ITAL V3336x or y. Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & CultureThrough Cinema. 3 pts. Prerequisites:ITAL V3335

Advanced reading, writing, speaking with emphasis on authentic cultural materials. Topic and semester theme varies, to include "Italian in Film Comedy," "Linguistic and Cultural Diversity of Italy," etc.

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Spring 2014 :: ITAL V3336
ITAL
3336
10946
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
509 HAMILTON HALL
M. Gozzi 4 / 18 [ More Info ]

ITAL V3337y. Advanced Italian Through Cinema.. 3 pts.

Students will develop advanced language competence while analyzing and discussing Italian film comedies and their reflection of changing Italian culture and society. Films by Monicelli, Germi, Moretti, Wertmuller, Soldini and others. ITAL V3335 is a prerequisite.

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL V3337
ITAL
3337
26680
001
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
TBA
F. Beneduce 12 / 18 [ More Info ]

ITAL W4000x or y. Stylistics. 3 pts. Prerequisites:ITAL V3336 or the equivalent and instructor's permission.

Students read short texts, analyze the anatomy of an Italian essay, observe and practice sophisticated sentence structures, solidify their knowledge and usage of Italian grammar, and expand their vocabulary. After discussing and analyzing examples of contemporary prose, students will integrate the structures and vocabulary they have acquired into their own writing.

ITAL G4005-G4006. Italian Lyric Poetry, I-II. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Developments and trends from the Duecento to our time; in-depth textual analysis of representative texts. Variable content course; may be repeated for credit.

ITAL G4009 (Section 1). Development of the Italian Language. 3 pts.

The external history and internal development of the Italian language from its origins to the present.

ITAL G4010x or y. Italian Travel Literature to Jerusalem, Egypt and Asia (13th-17th c.). 3 pts. Prerequisites: Knowledge of Italian

The seminar offers an interdisciplinary analysis of several travellogues to the Middle East and beyond, written in Italian between the 13th and the 17th century. Using this approach, perspective, and secondary readings from the field of literary criticism and textual bibliography - and with the addition of many interdisciplianry readings - we will discuss the role of Italy and the Italian language in the making of a transnational literary genre.

ITAL W4012y. The Theory and Practice of Writing: Laboratorio di scrittura. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Development of advanced reading and conversational skills. Close reading and extensive practice writing in a variety of genres which will include: the letter, the diary, the essay, the critical review, and will focus especially on the composition of short stories and vignettes. In Italian.

ITAL G4015x or y. Italian Food in a Globalized World. 3 pts.

This seminar examines the many meanings of food in Italian culture and tradition; how values and peculiarities are transmitted, preserved, reinvented and rethought through a lens that is internationally known as "Made in Italy"; how the symbolic meanings and ideological interpretations are connected to creation, production, presentation, distribution, and consumption of food. Based on an anthropological perspective and framework, this interdisciplinary course will analyze ways in which we can understand the 'Italian taste' through the intersections of many different levels: political, economic, aesthetic, symbolic, religious, etc. The course will study how food can help us understand the ways in which tradition and innovation, creativity and technology, localism and globalization, identity and diversity, power and body, are elaborated and interpreted in contemporary Italian society, in relation to the European context and a globalized world. Short videos that can be watched on the computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. In English.

ITAL W4018y. The Theory and Practice of Writing II: Laboratorio di Traduzione. 3 pts.

Experiments and analyses of translations, especially from literary texts, from English into Italian and from Italian into English. Classroom discussion of aspects of the translation process, and of the general interpretation of the translated texts. Each student will keep a "Translation Notebook." In Italian

ITAL W4052. Italian Cultural Studies, I: From Unification To WW I. 3 pts. Interdisciplinary study of Italian culture from the years of Unification (1860) to the outbreak of WW I (1914).

ITAL G4094. Italian Philosophical and Theoretical Culture: From Vico To Weak Thought. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. An intellectual history of modern and contemporary Italy; the canonical figures (Vico, Leopardi, De Sanctis, Labriola, Croce, Gentile, Gramsci, Della Volpe, Vattimo, Eco, Cacciari, Tafuri); articulation of the difference of Italian philosophical and theoretical culture; the post-1968 explosion of theory under-and at times against-the sign of postmodernism; negative and weak thought and developments in feminist theory.

ITAL G4100x. Narratives of Modernity. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

In revisiting two major authors of the Italian modern novel, the course investigates the relation between fiction and the "conditions of modernity" (personal risk, anxiety and lack of control on reality, secularization, to name a few). Special attention will be paid to the response of the novelistic discourse to modernity, and to Italy's peculiarly peripheral position in the modern world. Primary texts will be read in Italian, while theoretical references will be in English.

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL G4100
ITAL
4100
29029
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
E. Leake 1 [ More Info ]

ITAL G4109y. Writing the Self: the Tradition of Autobiography in Italy, 19th-20th Centuries. 3 pts.

Against the backdrop of the heated critical debate on the boundaries and limitations of the autobiographical genre, this course addresses the modern and contemporary tradition of autobiographical writings, focusing in particular (but not exclusively) on exploring and positing the potential difference between male and female autobiographers. More specifically, we will question the adequacy of the traditional model of autobiographical selfhood based on the assumption of unified, universal, exemplary and transcendent self to arrive at an understanding of women's autobiography. Topics to be addressed include: the crisis of the subject, "je est un autre", the "man" with a movie camera, strategies of concealment and disclosures. Authors to be studied include: D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Svevo, Fellini, Moretti, Ortese, Ginzburg, Manzini, Cialente, Ramondino. In Italian

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL G4109
ITAL
4109
62646
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
E. Leake 0 [ More Info ]

ITAL W4190y. "Multicultural Italy": A European Country of Diversities. 3 pts.

This seminar examines what can be considered a tremendous Italian diversity. Italy is a multicultural society, not only because of the flow of immigrants throughout the most recent decades, but also because of a too often neglected historical, cultural, linguistic and political 'inner' diversity. Linguistic minorities, religious groups, cultural enclaves, 'nomadic' cultures, immigrants & refugees, and border residents are the main focus of this course. The seminar will also analyze how these differences constructively cohabitate or how they can represent sources of conflict; it will provide examples of either peaceful pluralism or of conflictual social friction. Videos that can be watched on the computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

LING W4204. Introduction To Phonology. 3 pts. The systemic deployment of speech sounds at the service of language's morphosyntax. Alternational phonology; rule and representation; phonological features; linear and nonlinear phonology (autosegments, tiers); metrical and grid phonology; prosodology.

ITAL G4220y. Introduction to the History and Theory of Literary Interpretation. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

What is Interpretation? How does it work? What are the major Theories of Criticism in Italy? What is the difference between aesthetics, poetics, critique and the work of art in itself? What is their relationship to other aspects of culture? These and other questions will be addressed in this course,We will begin with a sketch of the Italian tradition from Humanism to the late nineteenth century, then focus on Idealism and its pervasiveness in most realms of culture from the beginning of the twentieth century through the post-WWII period. Subsequently, discussions will be dedicated to a broad variety of critical methods and their relevance as and for interpretive strategies.

ITAL G4250. The Italian Urban Imaginary: City-Theory, City-Image, City-Text From Futurism To Negative Thought.. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. An interdisciplinary study of the representation of the city and urban experience in 20th-century Italian theoretical, visual and literary culture; The role played by cinema in constructing the image and psychogeography of the post-WW II and contemporary Italian metropolis; Case study of individual cities (Rome, Venice, Naples, Milan, Florence); Reading the city as a cultural and spatial text derived primarily from the Italian tradition (Tafuri, Cacciari, Rossi, Calvino, Eco, Vattimo and others), also the comprehensive geneaology of city theorists as it extends from Simmel and Benjamin to Venturi and Koolhaas. Open to qualified comparative literature students with the instructor's permission.

ITAL G4340x. Italy's Southern Question: Geography, Culture, Power. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

This course examines Italy's Southern Question from the nineteenth century to the present, investigating the interrelations among cultural representation, geography, and power by focusing on three writers/artists who produced major representations and theorizations of the Southern Question in three different cultural forms: the fiction of Giovanni Verga, the theoretical writings of Antonio Gramsci; the films of Luchino Visconti. Readings and discussion in English. Optional additional readings in Italian. Open to undergraduates with permission of instructor.

ITAL G4380. Va, Pensiero...: the Culture of the Italian Diaspora In America From the Great Immigration To the Postmodern Condition. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. A history of the Italian and Italian American presence in and contribution to American culture from 1880 to the present. The ways in which Italian culture-elite and popular-and the idea of Italy itself have traveled to the U.S. and the manner in which an extra-territorial and transcultural Italian identity has been constructed within the context of (dis)placement and (dis)location. Formal contributions to literature and the arts (theatre, music-classical as well as a popular-dance, visual culture and cinema); the informal contributions to the common culture, whether in the form of everyday practices, including linguistic contributions, or sub-cultural styles.

ITAL W4395y. Fifty Years of Impatience: The Italian Novel between 1950-2000. 3 pts.

The course examines some of the most important novels that belong to Italy's period of major social and economic transformations. Only after WWII Italy finally becomes a modern nation, i.e. a republic based on truly universal suffrage, and an industrialized country. Such accelerated progress, though,causes deep social instability and mobility which obviously results in heavy psychological pressures on the people: adaptation becomes crucial and inevitable. Fiction therefore resumes the task to represent such awkwardness of integration into a modern bourgeois society that, contrarily to its European and American counterpart, is extremely tentative and insecure per se, since it's political identity has extremely precarious grounds. Among other authors, primary readings include Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard and Italo Calvinos's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. Primary Readings in Italian

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: ITAL W4395
ITAL
4395
18613
001
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
408 HAMILTON HALL
E. Leake 10 [ More Info ]

ITAL W4400. The Italian Mind: Patterns of Representation. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. A critical assessment of some of the main features of the Italian character. Representations of Italianicity (dealing with such issues as Fascism, the Mafia, and Catholicism) analyzed on the basis of literary and cultural readings.

ITAL G4410. From �68 Thought To Weak Thought: an Ideological Profile of Contemporary Italy. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

An intellectual and cultural history of Italy as it passes from its post-1968 period of collective action and cultural protest to its current status as what Gianni Vattimo has called the transparent society, to use a term of postmodern condition that comes from within the Italian culture. Interdisciplinary study of all forms of cultural production during this period, including developments in visual and architectural culture, with particular emphasis on cinema. Focus on Italian philosophical and theoretical culture as exemplified in such movements as weak thought and negative thought and the various installments of feminist theory.

ITAL G4420y. The Window On the World: Reassessing Italian Neorealism. 3 pts.

Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and other Italian filmmakers challenged modes of film production in vogue in the 1940s and 1950s, both in theoretical and practical terms. This course will analyze both the feature films and the theoretical writings of such directors as those mentioned and others, in order to investigate the modes of representation of reality in the immediate postwar years, their relation to the identity of the newborn Italian Republic, and their significance in post-WWII filmmaking. All readings and lectures in English; Films in Italian or French, with English subtitles.

CLIA G4491x. . 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

This course continues the analysis of Venice as the locus of myth, anti-myth, and the degradation of myth, and it also continues the discussion of the dialectic between the public and private dimensions. However, this course is autonomous and independent from ITAL G4490 "A stray Branch of Laurel: Venice and Literary Modernity." This course's perspective is concerned with the development from Late Romanticism to Symbolism, to Modernism, and on the contemporary scene. Among other elements, Venice will be considered as a case study for revisiting the widely used notion of the "floating signifier."Authors read in the course include John Ruskin, the brothers Boito, Henry James, Ezra Pound, Gabriele d' Annunzio, F.T. Marinetti, Thomas Mann, Daphne du Maurier, Giuseppe Berto, and Pier Maria Pasinetti. The readings are integrated with film screenings. Additional elements of the course include: a concise bibliography, critical essays, and guest speakers.

ITAL W4502x. Italian Cultural Studies, I: From Unification To World War I. 3 pts.

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between Unification in 1860 and the outbreak of World War I. Drawing on novels, historical analyses, and other sources including film and political cartoons, the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL W4502
ITAL
4502
09528
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
TBA
N. Moe 5 [ More Info ]

ITAL W4503y. Italian Cultural Studies, II: From World War I To the Present. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between World War I and the present. Drawing on historical analyses, literary texts, letters, film, cartoons, popular music, etc. the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

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Spring 2014 :: ITAL W4503
ITAL
4503
04378
001
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
501 MILBANK HALL
N. Moe 6 [ More Info ]

ITAL G4725x. Pirandello and Modern Drama. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

The course will examine the foundations of modern drama and stage representation by analysing Luigi Pirandello's plays and theoretical works in close comparison with the major authors and drama theorists of the XIX century, including Bertolt Brecht, August Strinberg, and Jean Genet.

Medieval and Renaissance Literature

ITAL W4030. Tasso. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Italian. Tasso as a poet and literary theorist through an analysis of Rinaldo, Aminta and Gerusalemme Liberata and discussion of Dialoghi. Emphasis on epic and pastoral precedents, contemporary philosophical currents, the moral and political influence of the Counter Reformation.

ITAL W4039. Imitation and Innovation In Italian Renaissance Theatre. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisite: knowledge of Italian. A study of several 16th-century Italian plays, focussing on comedy, but also exploring tragedy, favola, pastoral, and tragicommedia. Plays by Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Bruno, Aretino, Trissino, Tasso, and Guarini.

ITAL G4042. Allegorical Fiction of the Italian Renaissance and Its Classical and Medieval Heritage. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. The evolution of the allegorical literary tradition from the classical and medieval periods to its development in Italian Renaissance fiction. Allegorical commentaries of the Aenid, the Roman de la Rose, Petrarch's Trionfi, Boccaccio's Amorosa visione, Poliziano's Stanze, selections of Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and Machiavelli's Asino d'oro.

ITAL W4048. Women In the Italian Renaissance. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Italian. An examination of 15th- and 16th-century writings by women and about women. The education of women, women and the family, the notion of women and the woman writer, women at court, and querelle des femme, poet-courtesans, rape and pornography

ITAL G4050x. The Medieval Lyric: From the Scuola Siciliana To Dante. 3 pts.

This course maps the origins of the Italian lyric, starting in Sicily and following its development in Tuscany, in the poets of the dolce stil nuovo and ultimately, Dante. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4051. Ideology and Politics In Italian Renaissance Literature. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Moves from political and historical to literary text; examines each author's perspective on the sociopolitical issues that dominated Italian Renaissance culture. Major authors (e.g., L. B. Alberti, Guicciardini, Ariosto) and lesser-known ones.

ITAL G4060y. Italian Quattrocento Civic Humanism. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Moral philosophy, art and literary theory, history, and educational methods in the writings of Coluccio Salutati, Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, Matteo Palmieri, L.B. Alberti, Guarino Veronese and his son Battista, and Lorenzo Valla.

ITAL G4066x. The World Beyond Europe in Italian Renaissance Literature. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

This course will explore encounters with the lands and peoples of Asia and Africa in a selection of Italian fictional works from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with attention to the historical and literary context. Classes will be in English, but many of the works are available in Italian only.

ITAL G4079x or y (Section 001). Boccaccio's Decameron. 3 pts.

While focusing on the Decameron, this course follows the arc of Boccaccio's career from the Ninfale Fiesolano, through the Decameron, and concluding with the Corbaccio, using the treatment of women as the connective thread. The Decameron is read in the light of its cultural density and contextualized in terms of its antecedents, both classical and vernacular, and of its intertexts, especially Dante's Commedia, with particular attention to Boccaccio's masterful exploitation of narrative as a means for undercutting all absolute certainty. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4079x (Section 002). Boccaccio's Decameron. 3 pts.

*ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001* While focusing on the Decameron, this course follows the arc of Boccaccio's career from the Ninfale Fiesolano, through the Decameron, and concluding with the Corbaccio, using the treatment of women as the connective thread. The Decameron is read in the light of its cultural density and contextualized in terms of its antecedents, both classical and vernacular, and of its intertexts, especially Dante's Commedia, with particular attention to Boccaccio's masterful exploitation of narrative as a means for undercutting all absolute certainty. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4086. Castiglione and the Italian Renaissance Court. 3 pts.

Focus on Castiglione's Book of the Courtier as educational treatise, philosophical meditation, sociopolitical document, and book of courtly manners; other courtly writings of the period, from Della Casa's Galateo to Ariosto's Satires to Bembo's Asolani. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

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Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: ITAL G4086
ITAL
4086
62043
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
501 HAMILTON HALL
J. Cavallo 4 [ More Info ]

ITAL G4089x or y. Petrarch's Canzoniere. 3 pts.

A reading of the Canzoniere that explicates Petrarch not only as he fashions himself authorially in contrast to Dante, but brings to bear ideas on time and narrative from authors such as Augustine and Ricoeur in order to reconstruct the metaphysical significance of collecting fragments in what was effectively a new genre. We will consider this new genre-the lyric sequence-as well as read Petrarch's Secretum and Trionfi. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Spring 2014 :: ITAL G4089
ITAL
4089
10462
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
501 HAMILTON HALL
T. Barolini 14 / 20 [ More Info ]
ITAL
4089
25922
002
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
501 HAMILTON HALL
T. Barolini 2 [ More Info ]

ITAL G4091x. Machiavelli. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Focus on the principal works of Machiavelli in an effort to understand the various facets of his complex and at times seemingly contradictory literary personality. His role as political scientist, historian, comic playwright, and short story writer. In English.

ITAL W4091x-W4092y (Section 001). Dante's Divina Commedia I & II. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisites: Reading knowledge of Italian.

A year-long course in which the "Commedia" is read over two consecutive semesters; students can register for the first, the second, or both semesters. This course offers a thorough grounding in the entire text and an introduction to the complexities of its exegetical history. Attention not only to historical and theological issues, but also to Dante's mimesis, his construction of an authorial voice that generations of readers have perceived as "true," and the critical problems that emerge when the virtual reality created in language has religious and theological pretensions. Lectures in English, text in Italian; examinations require the ability to translate Italian.

ITAL W4091x-W4092y (Section 002). Dante's Divina Commedia I & II. 4 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

*ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001* A year-long course in which the "Commedia" is read over two consecutive semesters; students can register for one or both semesters. This course offers a thorough grounding in the entire text and an introduction to the complexities of its exegetical history. Attention not only to historical and theological issues, but also to Dante's mimesis, his construction of an authorial voice that generations of readers have perceived as "true," and the critical problems that emerge when the virtual reality created in language has religious and theological pretensions. Lectures in English, examinations in English; students who can follow lectures with the help of translations but who cannot manage the Italian should register for this section.

ITAL G4093. Machiavelli and Castiglione. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Prerequisite: instructor's permission. Focus on Machiavelli's Prince and Castiglione's Book of the Courtier as philosphical, sociopolitical, historical, and literary documents: points of comparison between the two works.

ITAL G4097x-G4098y. The Italian Renaissance Romance Epic, I and II. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

An in-depth study of Italy's two major romance epics, Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, in their literary and historical contexts. Topics include creative imitation, genre,allegory, ideology, and politics. Attention will also be given to the place of these two texts in the global history of the epic.

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ITAL G4097
ITAL
4097
16756
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
TBA
J. Cavallo 2 [ More Info ]

ITAL G4102y. Renaissance Chivarlic Epic and Folk Performance Traditions. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

This course will examine a selection of chivalric narratives, primarily episodes from Boiardo and Ariosto, as they pass from written word to theatrical performance in the form of Sicilian puppet theater and Tuscan-Emilian epic Maggi(folk opera). Classes will be in English, but the performances and some readings are in Italian without available translations.

ITAL G4103. Forgotten Best-Sellers of the Cinquecento. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Examines popular romances that were frequently printed during the 16th century but are not part of the current canon. These lesser-known works not only provide an important context for the evolution of the romance-epic genre and the novel, they also help us understand the socio-historical and cultural climate of 16th-century Italy. Class in English, but reading knowledge of Italian required since texts are not available in translation.

ITAL V4201. Once Upon a Time, In a Far Away Land: the Italian Fairy Tale. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. A study of the Italian fairy tale from its oral folk origins to the first literary examples, viewed from a variety of critical approaches including the formalist, folkloric and psychoanalytic.

ITAL G4254y. Visible Cities, Visible Machines: Modernity and Urban Portraits In Italian Lyric. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. The course intends to examine the contrast between such a deeply rooted genre as lyric poetry and the emergence of modernity. Given the extended and often contradictory development of industrial modernity in Italy, Italian poetry becomes a unique case in point. Primary readings will be in Italian and will include Pascoli, DAnnunzio, Marinetti, Palazzeschi, Govoni, Saba, Sbarbaro, Montale, Caproni, Sereni, Fortini. Secondary readings will be in Italian and English, and will include Benjamin, Bermann, Simmel. The course is conducted in Italian and in English.

ITAL V4310. Sex, Marriage, and the Family In Early Modern Italy. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. The institutions of marriage and the family, from the quattrocento through the seicento. Economic and social factors, as well as intellectual and ideological perspectives. The Italian peninsula, and emphasis on central and northern Italian states.

ITAL G6077y. Studies In Dante. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Prerequisite: knowledge of the Commedia. Research seminar in various areas of Dante studies, such as Dante's relation to the classics or Dante's lyric past. Variable content course open to qualified graduate students with the instructor's permission.

Literature from the Baroque to the Present

ITAL G4053-G4054. Contemporary Italian Literature, I-II (In Italian). 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. From D'Annunzio and Pirandello to the poets and novelists of our day. Variable-content course; may be repeated for credit.

ITAL G4058. Italian Romanticism In Its European Context. 3 pts. The different aspects of Italian Romanticism, and its complex relations with the German and English movements.

ITAL G4059. 19th-Century Italian Short Fiction: Verga and Pirandello. 3 pts. A close reading of a selection of short stories (novelle) by two authors, with reference to the social and historical environment of southern Italy.

ITAL G4062. Alfieri and Foscolo. 3 pts. Focus on the two authors in the context of European Romanticism (German and English). Attention to the legacy of classical antiquity in Foscolo's formation, evidenced in his poetical, critical and philological works.

ITAL G4072. Manzoni. 3 pts. One of the most significant prose writers of the 19th century, Manzoni is an emblematic representative of the Catholic tradition. His major works read in the context of European debates on Romanticism. Manzoni's European dimension is assessed at the levels of the genesis of individual works and their critical reception.

ITAL G4074. Montale [In Italian]. 3 pts. Montale's work, against the background of Italian and European poetry.

ITAL G4090. Giacomo Leopardi In His European Context: a Comparative Perspective. 3 pts. Kindred spirit to Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, and Hölderlin, Leopardi's 19th-century Romantic sensibility is deeply intertwined with classicism; the Hellenic ideal reworked into a personal philosophy on a par with Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. His poetic achievement and clarity of vision a crucial term of comparison in the foundations of modernity.

ITAL G4094. Culture of the Baroque In Italy: From Caravaggio To Vico. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

An interdisciplinary study of Baroque cultural production in literature, the visual art, music, architecture/urbanism, with emphasis on the philosophical tradition in it unfolding from Buno and Campanella to the "new sciences" (the philosophy of science; the philosophy of history) as elaborated in turn by Galileo and Vico. The implications of concettism as a metaphorics, an aesthetic principle, and a category of thought that embodies a compromise of concept and figure. The Baroque as a historical concept and an aesthetic dominant capable of describing the world view and signifying practices of 17th-century Italy and its spectacle culture; the Baroque as a metahistorical category, including those 20th-century attempts to locate in the Baroque spirit the archaeology of modernity and anticipations of postmodernism.

ITAL G4120y. Futurism and Beyond: F.T. Marinetti's Poetry, Narrative, and Drama. 3 pts.

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of Futurism (arguably the first great avant-garde movement in modern European literature), is also one of the most remarkable writers of the Italian 20th century in his own terms. The course will explore Marinetti's basic contribution to modern Italian literature. Available editions as well as the typescripts of forthcoming books will be used. Marinetti's epoch-making contribution will also be studied in a comparative European and American context. Lectures in English, most texts in Italian, some in French; open also to comparative literature students who can read Italian and French with the help of translations.

ITAL G4125y. Italian Tales. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

The course examines the important Italian contribution to modern and contemporary narrative, especially in the genre of short narrative (short story, novella), with attention also to novels, combining narrative theory with close reading. Authors include A. De Céspedes, E. Morante, as well as S. Vassalli, D. Del Giudice, P. V. Tondelli, etc. Lectures in English, texts in Italian.

ITAL W4140x. Fictionalizing History: Fascism in Literature and Film. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

The course aims at providing students with a broad knowledge of the political and cultural issues affecting Italy in the crucial, dramatic years between 1922 and 1945. Against the backdrop of Mussolinï's politics, our investigation examines the complex, multifaceted ways the dictatorship has been portrayed in fiction and cinema. Our research will require the evaluation of written texts and films produced both during this period and after it. We will analyze some fundamentals of the fascist doctrine and the most prominent strategies through which Fascism succeeded in creating a popular consensus (i.e., social projects and sophisticated techniques of propaganda). Then we will proceed alternating the analysis of historical documents with literary and cinematic works authored by Moravia, Vittorini, and Fellini, among others.

ITAL W4150. Notturno Italiano: 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Mystery Tale. 3 pts. Prerequisite: knowledge of Italian. Focus on a little-known genre of modern Italian literature. The works of several writers, both major and minor. Comparisons with the tradition of the mystery tale in other European literatures.

ITAL W4250x. Creating Modernity: an Introduction To Early 19th-Century Italian Literature. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. Exploration of the emergence of, and quest for, new literary ideas and programs in early 19th- Italian poetry and prose. Emphasis is put on such central notions as Classicism, Romanticism, and Tradition, and on the strong connection between literary issues (genres, forms, and language) and historical/cultural ones (nation, political struggle, and civil engagement) in the woks of the major authors of this period--Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, and Alessandro Manzoni.

ITAL W4250. Creating Modernity: an Introduction To Early 19th-Century Italian Literature. 3 pts. Explores the emergence of, and quest for, new literary ideas and programs in early-Ottocento Italian poetry and prose. Emphasis on such central notions as Classicism, Romanticism, and Tradition, and on the strong connection between literary issues (genres, forms, and language) and historical/cultural ones (nation, political struggle, and civil engagement) in the works of the major authors of this period, Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, and Allesandro Manzoni.

ITAL W4255y. Foundations of the Italian Novel, 1840-1900. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

An investigative overview of the Italian novel from the Risorgimento to the end of the 19th century, with special attention to the novelistic form, the shaping of the national identity, and the reception of the European novel in Italy. Authors include Manzoni, De Marchi, Verga, De Roberto, D'Annunzio, Svevo. In Italian.

CLIA G4280x. Gabriele d'Annunzio: Between Two Centuries. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

The course examines the exceptional contribution of d'Annunzio to Italian literature as it moves from late nineteenth century symbolism to early twentieth century modernism. While all the genres illustrated by this prolific author will be sampled (newspaper article, short story, drama, novel, narrative notebook, memoir, private letter, critical and political essay, diary), special attention will be paid to his poetry. Lectures in English, texts in Italian.

ITAL G4300. Verga and Verismo. 3 pts. Verga's major works of fiction (I Malavoglia, Mastro-don Gesualdo, and two collections of rustic novelle) in relation to the key cultural trends and historical developments in postunification Italy (the emergence of verismo, the new dimensions of publishing and readership, the genesis of the Southern Question). Also, selected novelle by Gabriele D'Annunzio and Luigi Pirandello to appreciate how the legacy of Verga and verismo was reelaborated in the new cultural climate of decadentismo. Lectures in English; text in Italian, comparative literature students who use translation are welcome.

ITAL G4390x. Gender and Literary Identity: the Experience of Italian Women Writers 1870-1930. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

.A study of women writers working in Italy from the Unification to the 1930's. Examination of how they shaped and defined their status, how they mediated between their own experience and those dominant modes of representation and discourse that constituted the Italian literary tradition; and the fictional portrayal of the woman writer in male-authored texts. In Italian.

ITAL G4391x. Challenging Genres, Gendering Fiction: the Experience of Italian Women Writers, 1945-90. 3 pts.

Addresses women writers working in Italy from the postwar period to the 1990s. Analyzes the historical novel, fantastic fiction, and autobiography. Against the backdrop of the critical debate on the literary canon, explores the specificity of women's writing and the way these articulated their difference by subverting and altering dominant literary codes. In English.

CLIA G4405x. Poetry, Poetics, and Contemporary Society, 1945-Present. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Italian poetry of the second half of the twentieth century from the end of the war to our days gives life to one of the most remarkable poetic cultures in international literature. The course will study the relationships that poetic texts entertain with their author's ideas about poetry (their poetics) on the one hand and developments in society at large on the other hand. Attention will also be paid to English translations. Starting with some important collections from the Forties (by Cesare Pavese and Umberto Saba), we will move to the neo-avantgarde and neo-realism, and to individual figures like Pier Paolo Pasolini, Amelia Rosselli, etc. Lectures in English, texts in Italian; open also to comparative literature students who can read Italian with the help of translations.

ITAL W4520x. See Naples and Die: Portrait of a City. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

Explores the cultural representation of Naples and the Neapolitans over the past two centuries through literature, music, film, theater, and historical readings. Special attention to the different perspectives of insiders and outsiders. Works include texts by Goethe, Dumas, Serao, Benjamin, Conrad, Norman Lewis, De Filippo, Ortese; films by Rossellini, Rosi, Totò, Pasolini; and songs by various artists. Advanced reading knowledge of Italian required. Lectures and discussion in English.

ITAL G4771. The Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti: Its French and Italian Origins. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015. A study of Ungaretti's work; its relationship to Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Valéry, and Italian lyricists from Petrarch to Leopardi, D'Annunzio, and the Twilight poets. Texts read in the original.

Seminars

ITAL W4055x. Anthropology of Contemporary Italy: Pluralism, Creativity and Identity. 3 pts. Not offered in 2014-2015.

This seminar examines ways in which Italy is understood and represented by Italians and non-Italians. It will analyze the formation of multiple discourses on Italy, how Italian culture and society are imagined, represented and/or distorted. Based on an anthropological perspective, this course will examine ways in which we can understand Italy through the intersections of pluralism, ethnicity, gender, and religion. The course will study how Italy strives for political and economic unity, while there is a concurrent push toward inequality, exclusion, and marginalization. Moreover, the course will analyze the revitalization of nationalism on one hand of regionalism on the other, and will focus on the concepts of territory, identity, and tradition. Short videos that can be watched on computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

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Autumn 2014 :: ITAL W4055
ITAL
4055
82797
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
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ITAL G9102x or y. Research In Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature and Culture. 3 pts. Guided reading and research on a topic or in a field chosen by the student in consultation with a member of the faculty.

ITAL G9103x or y. Research In Later Italian Literature and Culture, From 18th Century To Modern and Contemporary. 3 pts. Guided reading and research on a topic or in a field chosen by the student in consultation with a member of the faculty.

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Spring 2014 :: ITAL G9103
ITAL
9103
04961
001
TBA N. Moe 2 [ More Info ]

Research

ITAL G4000. Research In the Humanities: a Practicum On Resources and Methods. 1.5 pts. Introduction to bibliographic resources and their organization in both printed and electronic formats that are fundamental to advanced research.

Pedagogy

ITAL G4000x. Practicum In Foreign Language Pedagogy. 3 pts. (same course as PEDG G4000) Registration is by permission of foreign language departments only. Designed to offer training in foreign language pedagogy to teaching assistants (TAs) in the foreign language departments.


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