Coming Out/Coming of Age: Narratives of Becoming in Italian Culture|
By examining narratives of "becoming" in Italian literary and screen texts, we will work to read against a dominant "master" narrative of Italian culture that is cis-male, patriarchal, and "white." The literary and screen texts we will explore in depth include some "classic" narratives of coming of age in the Italian cultural tradition which we will lay alongside Italian cultural "coming out" narratives, some "classic," others less so. What can we learn from such adjacencies? What does one "come out" of with regard to either strand of inquiry? Is adolescence a "closet" out of which one emerges with a sexual identity? Does one come of age as an artist or "come out" as a practitioner of a particular artistic genre (filmmaker, poet, novelist)? How do artistic choices of practice subtend and inform sexual identity? What gets left behind in this "progress" of "becoming"? These are some of the questions we will address in this course, conducted in Italian.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Major authors include: Aleramo, Saba, Tondelli, Chorha, Pilati, Stancanelli. Filmmakers include: Pasolini, Ozpetek, Rohrwacher, Moretti, Nicchiarelli, Carpignano, Guadagnino.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Daily discussion questions, written assignments of varying lengths, presentation, final project, oral exam during Exam Period. Active participation encouraged and supported.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students will conduct and collect ethnographic interviews with subjects from Bologna in an archival project in collaboration with the Cassero LGBT Center. These archival materials will provide students with an electronic record, chronicle the course, and begin a joint project with colleagues in Bologna that will be continued after the conclusion of the course. This course is designed for students who have studied in Bologna, but may be appropriate for others. Please contact the instructor with any questions.
|Instructor(s): Nerenberg,Ellen Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: FISK312; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 1||FR: 1|