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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37590 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
HRH 3.102A

Course Description

Italy occupies a prominent place in European culture, history, and thought. This course, focusing on a broad range of major Italian achievements, movements, and events from the Middle Ages to the present, comprises four multidisciplinary units: 1) in "Medieval Italy: Sinners and Saints" we will discuss Dante's Inferno, religious writing and lyric poetry; 2) "Renaissance Italy: Heaven on Earth" will consider art history (from Giotto to Michelangelo), humanism (Petrarch), political thought (Machiavelli) and science (Galileo); 3) for "The Nation and Its Discontents," which treats Italy's rise to self-determination from unification through W.W. II and its aftermath, we will examine Romanticism (Leopardi) and the Risorgimento (Carlo Levi, Gramsci), futurism (Marinetti), fascism, and neorealism (De Sica); 4) literature (Calvino, Maraini), politics, and film (Amelio) will guide our discussion of contemporary Italy. Taught in English and cross-listed in European Studies, this course is intended for all students interested in Italy, including Italian majors (ITC 360 counts toward the major). The course contains a Substantial Writing Component. There is no final examination.

Grading Policy

Study Questions on Dante's Inferno (1500 words): 5% Short Essay: 3-4 pages (750-1000 words): 15% Research Proposal with Annotated Bibliography: (500-750 words): 5% Peer Review (500-750 words): 5% Research Paper: 11-15 pages (2750-3750 words): 30% Quizzes (4): 20% Class Preparation and Participation: 20%

Attendance Policy: No student who misses more than 6 classes (3 weeks) for any reason can complete the course with a passing grade.


Dante Alighieri, Inferno (Bantam, trans. Mandelbaum) Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince (Cambridge, ed. / trans. Skinner and Price) Christopher Duggan, A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge) Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities (Harcourt Brace, trans. Weaver) Other readings, including Dacia Maraini's Darkness are contained in a Course packet available at I.T. Copy (512 W. MLK. Blvd; at Nueces; phone: 476-6662) Films The Bicycle Thief (De Sica), Lamerica (Amelio)


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