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Italian Bodies: Race, Gender and National Identity in Modern Italian Literature
ITAL 229
Spring 2017
Section: 01  

The metaphor of the nation as a body--a motherland, a fatherland, a body politic--is a familiar one. Italian literature is rich with images of Italy as a woman to be saved, a mother honored, a father avenged. But what are those bodies made of and how do they behave? What are the shapes and feels of the Italian body? In this course we will test the limits and possibilities of the metaphor, examining texts that offer different bodies and differing notions of what it means to be a body and to be Italian. As we read and discuss these texts we will take into account the times and places in which each narrative is situated, taking note of differences, commonalities, paying special attention to the ways these articulations of identity respond to transformations in the Italian national landscape. This course is conducted through the medium of Italian.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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