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Introduction to Contemporary Literary Studies

ILCS 5315 - Introduction to Contemporary Literary Studies

Contemporary methods and fields of literary analysis. Paradigms of literary studies and overview of Marxist, Freudian, Feminist, Historicist, and Culturalist criticism.

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ILCS 5330 - The Literature of the Origins

Poets and poetical schools of the Duecento from the Franciscans to the Sicilians and the “Dolce stil nuovo.”

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ILCS 5332 - Seminar on Petrarch

The works of Francesco Petrarca; their relevance to humanism and to subsequent European lyrical poetry.

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ILCS 5333 - Seminar on Boccaccio

The Italian lyrics and narrative poems, the Decameron and its seminal importance for prose fiction, the scholarly Italian and Latin works.

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ILCS 5334 - Seminar on Machiavelli

The principal objective of this course is twofold: 1) to analyze and assess the political thought and the theater of Machiavelli as represented, respectively, in the Prince and the Discourses, and in the comedies Mandragola and Clizia and in the Favola (Belfagor arcidiavolo); and 2) to discuss Machiavellis influence beyond Italy (e.g., on authors such as Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Francis Bacon). Special attention will be given to Machiavellis unique relation to Renaissance Humanism, to his unconventional concept of virtue and his redefinition of the ethics of politics, and to his of view of the statesman as artist.

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ILCS 5335 - Baroque Literature

The beginnings of baroque literary style and its ramifications in the seventeenth century.

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ILCS 5337 - Theories and Methods of Modern Criticism I

Aesthetic problems from Vico to the present day.

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ILCS 5339 - Seminar on Modern Literature

One leading writer from the last two centuries.

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ILCS 5340 - Divina Commedia

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ILCS 5342 - Seminar on Italian Theatre from Renaissance to Romanticism

Major figures and developments from Poliziano and Machiavelli to Goldoni, Alfieri and Manzoni.

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ILCS 5345 - Studies in Italian Literature or Philology

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ILCS 5347 - Italian Chivalric Poetry

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ILCS 5350 - Literature of the Settecento

Major figures of the eighteenth century enlightenment. Vico, Alfieri, Goldoni, Parini.

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ILCS 5351 - Literature of Romanticism

Neoclassicists versus innovators: Monti, Foscolo, Leopardi, Berchet, Manzoni, De Sanctis.

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ILCS 5352 - Modern Italian Poetry I

Post-romantic masters through the twentieth century experiments: e.g., the Crepuscolari, Futurists, Hermeticists.

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ILCS 5354 - Masters of Twentieth-Century Fiction

Pirandello, Svevo, Moravia, Pavese, Vittorini.

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ILCS 5355 - Introduction to Italian Philology

Italian linguistic geography, neo-linguistics of Bartoli, areal linguistics, Dante’s De Vulgari Eloquentia, the “Questione della lingua.” Croce’s theory of language.

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ILCS 5375 - Topics in Early Modern Italian Studies

A variable topics course focusing on early modern Italian culture. May be repeated once with a change in topic.

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ILCS 5376 - Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Studies

A variable topics course focusing on modern and contemporary Italian culture. May be repeated once with a change in topic.

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ILCS 5377 - Topics in Transnational Italy

Variable topics course focusing on cultural, historical and political intersections between Italy and other nations. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

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