Italian Bodies: Race, Gender and National Identity in Modern Italian Literature|
Spring 2019 not offered
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 and commonalities, paying special attention to the ways these articulations of identity respond to transformations in the Italian national landscape. This course is conducted in Italian.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
Moravia, Racconti romani (1954) * selections
Pasolini, Comizi d'amore (1963) * selections
Maraini, Donna in guerra. (1973)
Rame/Fo, Tutta casa, letto, chiesa (1977) * selections
Stancanelli, Benzina (1998)
Ferrante, La figlia oscura (2006)
Scego, La mia casa è dove sono (2015)* selections
Selected readings on literary, gender and national theory will be made available.
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 short papers; 1 long paper with a revision; presentations; Moodle forum; literary review; quality participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
THIS COURSE IS INTENDED PRIMARILY FOR THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS: those who have a) completed the 221-222 sequence; b) who have studied in Italy (for one or two semesters); c) whose experience with Italian is very recent (i.e., took a course numbered above 221 in Fall 2016 or studied in Italy during that time). This course may be suitable for students who have not completed a course at the 221-222 level but whose placement exam suggested they should take courses numbered above 221. In the event that a student with advanced reading, writing, and speaking abilities in Italian has not yet completed a course at the 221-222 level, s/he will be asked to conduct a brief oral interview with the professor during registration or during drop/add. In the event that the student does not meet the prerequisites AND the professor has any doubts as to placement, the student will be asked to engage in a brief oral interview to help determine placement.