In this course, students will become familiar with the major currents of thirteenth-century Italian poetry and will explore Dante's Divine Comedy as an encyclopedic compendium of medieval thought as well as a very personal vision of the individual's place in the universe, a journey that is as meaningful now as it was 700 years ago. Taught in English with ITAL 497J but with an extra weekly meeting in Italian.
The course examines how major film directors, novelists and poets have revisited the encumbering inheritance of the ventennio fascista "twenty years of fascism" in a nation whose cultural identity is based on anti-fascism and whose constitution forbids the reconstitution of the Fascist Party. Questions of national identity will be addressed.
Course offered in Italian in two sections at 400 and 500 levels, with different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students. The course will address, in particular, the relationship between literature, theory and thinking in Italo Calvino's late works and essays. Special emphasis will be placed on Calvino's effort in approaching the complexity of modern experience through his encyclopedic writing technique. Requirements: weekly readings and assignments, two compositions, midterm, presentation and final exam. Cross-listed with ITAL 497L.