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Fascism, Futurism, Feminism: Forces of Change in 20th-Century Italy
ITAL 240
Spring 2009
Section: 01  

This course investigates three forces at work in Italy in the first half of the 20th century. We explore Italian Fascism, futurism, and feminism through a variety of media, including literary, cinematic, and artistic expressions, and will consider each movement in its sociohistorical context. How does the radical annihilation of standard mores and culture proposed by the futurists help pave the way for Italian Fascism? How does feminism in the first half of the century offer examples of resistance to both Fascism and futurism? The texts we will consider include the paintings, sculpture, manifestoes, and poetry of futurism; Sibilla Aleramo's early feminist novel Una donna as well as the writings of other Italian feminists resistant to the ultra violence and misogyny of futurism and the instrumentalization of gender under Italian Fascism. We explore similarly varied texts representative of the Fascist era: examples of rationalist architecture and urban planning; Alberto Moravia's novel of social mores during Fascism, Gli indifferenti; selections from political prisoner of the Regime Antonio Gramsci's Quaderni del carcere and Lettere dal carcere; and at least one film made under the conditions (economic, industrial, and propagandistic) of Fascism. Our goal is an understanding of the ideological dis/connections between Fascism, futurism, and Feminism in the Italian collective unconscious in an historical juncture of profound social, economic, and political transformations. By focusing on the interconnections of these forces, we strive for a panoramic understanding of Italy as it moved to embrace modernity in the first half of the last century

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Speaking
1. Students will exercise speaking in Ital 240 on a daily basis as well as in more formal occasions like student presentations as well as during the oral final exam, which is modeled on those in Italian university.
2. In this course students reflect on intercultural literacy by examining various artistic expressions in 20th c- Italy in their social, historical, and cultural contexts.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ITAL112
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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