Intro Mdrn&Contp Lit & Culture

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture

This course will cover Italian literature from the beginning of the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Major authors will be read against the background of Italian political and cultural history. Beginning with an overview of Italian Romanticism --with particular reference to Foscolo and Leopardi, the course will then focus on the development of the novel, from Manzoni, Nievo and the authors of the United Italy (Verga, Collodi, Deledda, D'Annunzio, Pirandello) to the representative writers of the twentieth century (Svevo, Pavese, Ginzburg, C. Levi, Vittorini, Calvino). Changing attitudes in poetry will be illustrated by a selection of readings ranging from the Decadence (Pascoli, Gozzano, the crepuscolari poets) to "Avanguardia" (Marinetti and Futurism), Dino Campana, the "Ermetici" (Ungaretti, Montale), and the "Transavanguardia".

Required Texts: Mario Pazzaglia. Scrittori e critici della letteratura italiana. Ottocento e Novecento. Antologia con pagine critiche e un profilo di storia letteraria./ Vol. 3 (vol. unico). Terza Ed. Bologna: Zanichelli (1996).

Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
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ITAL 6565

All Sections in Summer 2012, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2012, LS 6 Week Session

ITAL6565A-L12 Lecture (Livorni)