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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21St Street, B7600, HRH 2.114A, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2006

ITC 349 • 5-ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35775 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CAL 21
FRIZZI, A

Course Description

This course will focus on recent fiction (1950s to 2000s) by seven Italian women writers--some proclaimed feminists, others not--from well-established literary figures, to the lesser-known representatives of a new generation of intellectuals.

We will study the novels from the point of view of genre as well as theme and style, and explore the way in which these writers have exploited established literary techniques and conventions to confront concerns specific to them as women in a distinct historical and political situation.

COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY.

MAY NOT BE COUNTED TOWARD A MAJOR OR MINOR IN ITALIAN.

Grading Policy

three 6-7pp. papers    60%
one exam    20%
quizzes and class participation  20%
Final exam: no  

Texts

Anna Maria Ortese, The Iguana
Alba de Cespedes, The Secret
Dacia Maraini, The Silent Duchess
Fabrizia Ramondino, Althénopis
Francesca Duranti, The House on Moonlake
Clara Sereni, Keeping House
Margaret Mazzantini, Don't move

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