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Spring 2018 Comparative Literature: Italian GU4021 section 001
|Day & Time
309 Hamilton Hall
|Course Description||Prerequisites: Knowledge of Italian desirable but not necessary
This interdisciplinary seminar will study Romanticism as a literary trend, as much as a historical phenomenon and a life attitude. Romanticism is viewed here as the sum of the different answers to the sense of insecurity, social alienation and loneliness, provoked by the changing and frail world of the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century. We will investigate the Romantic ideology in relation to the trans-Adriatic world of Italy and Greece, an area that entered modernity with the particular lure and burden of antiquity, as well as through revolutionary upheaval. Students will be invited to read authors like Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo, Silvio Pellico, Giacomo Leopardi, Alessandro Manzoni, Massimo d’Azeglio, and to reflect on themes such as Nostalgia and Nationalism, the Discovery of the Middle Ages, the Historical Novel, the Invention of Popular Tradition, the Fragmented Self, Autobiographical and Travel Writing, the Brigand Cult, Hellenism, Philhellenism, Orientalism and Balkanism, and others.
|Enrollment||12 students (15 max) as of 7:50PM Sunday, May 20, 2018|
|Final Exam Day/Time|
|Final Location||309 Hamilton Hall|
|Subject||Comparative Literature: Italian|
|Open To||School of the Arts, Barnard, Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, Graduate School of Arts and Science, General Studies, School of Professional Studies, Global Programs, International and Public Affairs|
|Note||KNOWLEDGE OF ITALIAN DESIRABLE BUT NOT NECESSARY|
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