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

Fall 2003


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33610 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Course Description

The course will introduce students to different literary genres and periods of Italian literature. Selections of poetry, prose and drama from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Romanticism, and the Twentieth century will be examined in class from the language as well as the literary perspectives. We will try to point out basic characteristics and changes in language, themes, and style throughout the centuries. Given the fact that most of the literature we know from the past was written by male writers, we will focus on the representations of woman, beginning with the idealized woman-angel of the Middle Ages, and, whenever possible, confront it with those made by women writers. Authors represented in this course include: Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Gaspara Stampa, Giacomo Leopardi, Giovanni Verga, Luigi Pirandello, Sibilla Aleramo, Elsa Morante, Anna Maria Ortese, Natalia Ginzburg, Dacia Maraini, Italo Calvino, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio Montale.

Grading Policy

Students are expected to have read the assignment for every given day and be prepared to discuss it in class. Class attendance is mandatory and participation in class discussion will reflect greatly on the final grade. There will be two exams, several short written assignments and a few quizzes. The final grade will be computed as follows: Exams: 50% Quizzes/Written Assignments: 30% Oral Presentation and Class Participation: 20 %                There will be make up exams only for exceptional, justified reasons


Ginzburg, Natalia La città e la casa,, 1st Edition, 1998, Schoen, ISBN: 88-061-4392-1, required Course packet (Speedway in Dobie Mall)


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