ITL 375 • ANTIHERO IN 20TH-CENTURY ITALIAN NOVEL
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The turn of the century brought about together with a world war the crisis of Positivism and its faith in scientific and social progress. Nietzsche's philosophical skepticism, Freud's study of the subconscious and Einstein's theory of relativity contributed to the collapse of all absolute certainties, those of religions, metaphysics, as well as those of sciences. Doubt and reflection supplanted certainty and action, and the anti-hero became the protagonist of the twentieth century novel-- a logical consequence of the new philosophical milieu where there was no longer any place for heroes. We will read and discuss four or five major novels by the most influential writers of the period, and connect them with the historical and social milieu that produced them. We will begin with Luigi Pirandellos Il fu Mattia Pascal, and then continue with Italo Svevos La coscienza di Zeno. The more recent narrative will be represented by Leonardo Sciascias A ciascuno il suo, and Italo Calvinos Palomar.
Two Exams: 50% Two Papers: 30 % Class Partecipation: 20%
Luigi Pirandellos Il fu Mattia Pascal Italo Svevos La coscienza di Zeno Leonardo Sciascias A ciascuno il suo Italo Calvinos Palomar A Course packet at Speedway