The Power and the Mask: Unveiling the Renaissance Italian Court|
A great deal of recent critical attention has focused on the performative aspects of Renaissance courtly culture as represented through both textual and visual means. This course will examine enactments of power games in the courts of 16th-century Italy and, in particular, the papal courts of Julius II and Leo X, through reading texts written about or dealing with courts: Ariosto's Cassaria, Machiavelli's Mandragola, Bibbiena's Calandria, Aretino's Cortigiana that were actually written for and performed in them. We will study the ways in which public spectacles and processions both enacted and affected the ideological programs of their authors/performers. All texts will be read in Italian. We will also screen the movie "Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa," directed by Ettore Scola.
As they engage in understanding various cultural works (plays, essays, film), students sharpen their hermeneutic skills and oral ability, since they are expected to recite some of the required texts in preparation of a performance to be held at the end of the semester.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: ITAL221 OR ITAL222
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examinations and Assignments: |
There will be two brief essays (4-5 pages), one in-class presentation during the course of the semester, and one final performance.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is an advanced seminar, conducted in Italian. All reading, writing, assignments, discussion and in-class presentations are to be done in Italian.
|Instructor(s): Vito,Maurizio Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK312; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 8||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 1||FR: 1|
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