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

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35140 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
HRH 3.102A

Course Description

This course is taught in English. Italy occupies a prominent place in European culture, history, and thought. This course focuses on a broad range of major Italian achievements, movements, and events from the Middle Ages to the present. The course comprises four multidisciplinary units: 1) in "Medieval Italy: Sinners and Saints" we will discuss Dante's Inferno, mystical writings, and late medieval art; 2) "Renaissance Italy: Heaven on Earth" will focus on art history, political science (Machiavelli) and science (Galileo); 3) "The Nation and Its Discontents" will treat Italy's rise to self-determination from unification through the fascist period and the aftermath of W.W. II--we will attend a performance of Puccini's Tosca, discuss Futurist works, and view De Sica's The Bicycle Thief ; 4) contemporary literature and theory (Calvino and Eco), film (Fellini), and feminism will guide our discussion of "Postmodern Men and Women" in 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 ).

Grading Policy

Short Essay: 3-4 pages (750-1000 words): 20% Research Proposal with Annotated Bibliography: 2-3 pages (500-750 words): 5% Research Paper: 11-15 pages (2750-3750 words): 30% Quizzes (4): 20% Class Preparation and Participation: 25%


Dante Alighieri, Inferno (Bantam, trans. Mandelbaum) Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (Cambridge, ed. / trans. Skinner and Price) Christopher Duggan, A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge) Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum (Ballantine, trans. Weaver) Dacia Maaini, Darkness (Italica) Other readings are contained in a Course Packet avaiable at I.T. Copy (214 M.L.K. Blvd; Lavaca and M.L.K., next to Radio Shack; phone: 476-6662) Films The Bicycle Thief (De Sica), Lamerica (Amelio)


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