Nation Formation: Italy in the 19th Century|
Spring 2010 not offered
In this class we will examine closely Italy's slow advance toward unification and nationhood in the 19th century. The desire, both stated and implicit, for a unified Italian state is a topic we will explore in a variety of texts, some of which are fictional and literary, while others are more historical in nature. We will read these texts with an eye toward their social, historical, political, and aesthetic contexts. Some texts include LE ULTIME LETTERE DI LACOPO ORTIS, I PROMESSI SPOSI, Garibaldi's MEMOIRS, and poems by Giacomo Leopardi, among others. Additionally, we examine several 20th-century works, like Blasetti's Fascist-era film 1860 and Lampedusa's Il GATTOPARDO, that review the legacy of the Risorgimento. Conducted in Italian.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Through an analysis of various sorts of documents (literary, historical, political, and artistic), students analyze how Italy came together as a unified state in the 19th century.
Students exercise their abilities in the formal analysis and cultural significance of various cultural expressions, including novels, poetry, opera, and biography.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Manzoni, Alessandro, I PROMESSI SPOSI,
Garibaldi, Giuseppe, MEMOIRS
Foscolo, Ugo, LE ULTIME LETTERE DI IACOPO ORTIS
di Lampedusa, Giuseppe, Tomasi, IL GATTOPARDO
|Examinations and Assignments: |
At least two papers between 5-7 pp. in length (students may opt to write three or four papers of slightly shorter length); weekly discussion questions; presentation; final oral examination during finals.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This class is intended for students who have studied in Italy. The prerequisite of ITAL221 may be replaced by equivalent preparation. Some students who have not taken 221 but have studied abroad may be sufficiently prepared and should inquire with the instructor, as a prerequisite override will be required for enrollment. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in Italian. Only COL students may take this course for pass/fail.
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