ITL 326L • INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LITERATURE II: 18TH C TO PRESENT
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The course will begin with an introduction to Italian Romanticism examined in its connection with the historical movement of Risorgimento. We will read from the works of Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni and listen to selections of Verdi's operas. After Italy's unification the discrepancy between north and south became more apparent. We will concentrate on the south by reading from the works of Verga, Pirandello and Sciascia. The impact of two world wars and Fascism on Italian culture and literature, in particular, will be discussed through the works of writers as different as D'Annunzio, Marinetti, Moravia, Morante, Ginzburg, Ungaretti. We will conclude with readings by contemporary writers such as Calvino and Tabucchi. Several films will be shown to reinforce some of the themes discussed.
Two exams: 45% Quizzes and short essays: 40% Class participation and discussion: 15%
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