Fall 2013 Literature and Culture Courses
ITAL V3333x Introduction to
Italian Literature I
Mondays, Wednesdays 11:40-12:55, 316
Forms a sequence with ITAL W3334y
that is the basic course in Italian Literature. Authors and works from the
duecento to the cinquecento. In Italian.
Italian V3642 Contemporary Italian Arts – Film
Explores the representation of
national identity in Italian cinema from the Facist era to the present.
Examines how both geography and history are used to construct an image of Italy
and the Italians. Special focus on the cinematic representation of travel and
journeys between North and South. Films by major neo-realist directors
(Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti) as well as by leading contemporaries (Moretti,
ITAL W4000 Stylistics
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 G4009 Development of Italian Language
The external history and internal development
of the Italian language from its origins to the present.
ITAL G4009 Italian Travel Literature to Jerusalem, Egypt and Asia (13th -17th c.)
Prerequisites: Knowledge of Italian
The seminar offers an interdisciplinary analysis of several travelogues 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 interdisciplinary readings - we will discuss the role of Italy and the
Italian language in the making of a transnational literary genre.
ITAL G4010 Italian Food in a Globalized World
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 G4050 Medieval Lyric
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 G4079 Boccaccio’s Decameron
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. *ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS
MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001*
ITAL G4391 Italian Women Writers 1945-1990
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.
ITAL G4401 Holocaust & Resistance in Italy
The political, social, and cultural
issues affecting Italy in the crucial, dramatic years between 1943 and 1945.
More specifically, the canonical literary and cinematic representations of the
war, the "Resistenza" and the Holocaust and the aesthetic issues
related to the encounter between history and fiction, reality and imagination.
Further examination of how the war has affected women: such an inquiry will
require the evaluation of lesser-known women's texts. Topics to be addressed
include: war and gender, women as subjects of history, the intersection of the
political and the private.
ITAL W4502 Italian
Cultural Studies I
Tuesdays, Thursdays 10:10-11:25 am
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
knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.