Graduate Courses, Fall 2009

Italian 535
The Poetics and Politics of the Modern Lyric Self

Prof. Brownlee

The course will explore the development of a new authorial subject over the course of the trecento, in the works and the life of Petrarch. Our principal focus will be a reading of the _Canzionere_ (the _Rime Sparse_) with special attention to "confessional" and "conversionary" first-person narrative modes, to the divided first-person subject, and to the poetics of the lyric collection. The Petrarchan self in history and politics will be studied in his _Coronation Oration_ (at the occasion of his being crowned poet laureate at Rome in 1341), and in his hortatory letters to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. Issues of Petrarch's epic (and in part political) voice will feature in our reading of selections from the _Africa_, which will also explore his use of genealogical tropes of authority. The _Secretum _will reveal the full religious dimension of the divided Petrarchan self, in a dialogic context in which his deeply problematic relationship to Dante as privileged precursor plays an important role. In the _Trionfi _we will explore the poetics of erudition in a first-person mode that attempts a new kind of vernacular poetic practice with a different relation to the Dantean model.

Taught in English and cross-listed as Comp. Lit. 535

Italian 581
Philology and History

Prof. Finotti

The scientific revolution during the Seventeenth Century has been accredited as the turning point of Western Civilization. Before Science, in fact, Philology radically transformed the way of understanding historical events and texts. Its center was not any longer the canon but the reader, not the medieval authorities but the scholar and his/her free investigation of the facts. Philology produced not only a new strategy in the investigation of the past, but a new sense of the past, characterized by its mobile, experimental and critical inquiry.

The course is taught in Italian.

Italian 690-401
Language Teaching and Learning

Prof. McMahon

Italian 690 is a course required of all Teaching Assistants in French, Italian, and Spanish in the second semester of their first year of teaching.   It is designed to provide instructors with the necessary practical support to carry out their teaching responsibilities effectively, and builds on the practicum meetings held during the first semester.  The course will also introduce students to various approaches to foreign language teaching as well as to current issues in second language acquisition.   Students who have already had a similar course at another institution may be exempted upon consultation with the instructor.