Course Descriptions for the Fall 2013 semester
ITAL 597AF - The "Maestri" Antonioni and Fellini, 3 cr.
Course taught in English.
Course crosslisted at the 400 and 500 levels, with different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students. This course examines the parallel work of two recognized masters of world cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007) and Federico Fellini (1920-1993) between the 1950s and the early 1970s, from their common origins and collaborations to their gradually diverging ways of coping with Italy's progressive modernization and finally to their complementary ideas of the world and of cinema, which have now become global paradigms.
ITAL 597M - Literatures of Fascist Italy, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian
Course crosslisted at the 400 and 500 levels, with different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students. The course will present an overview of the many aspects of Italian literary culture during and around the years of the fascist regime: from the hi-brow poetry of Eugenio Montale and Umberto Saba to the cultural debate on pro-fascist and antifascist periodicals, to the bestsellers of the time such as the novels of fascist propaganda, those meant for educating the large public of female readers, the so called "erotic" literature and many other aspects of Italian culture under the regime. Strong emphasis will be placed on the social and historic circumstances of which each text examined was an expression, thus providing an accurate account of the many aspects of fascism in Italy in relation with the larger European context.