ITAL581 - MODRN/CONTEMP ITAL CLTR

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Section 301 - SEM
SECTION 301: SCIENCE AND LITERATURE OR SCIENCE VS. LITERATURE? - In this course, we will try to answer this challenging question studying the relationship between the two disciplines through the history of Italian literature. From the Middle Ages, when Science and Literature were one thing, up to the complexity of the Contemporary Era, we will discover how Science (chemistry, astronomy, medicine, physics, etc.) shaped the works of many Italian writers and how Literature influenced scientists’ works. Through this unusual and innovative perspective, we will retrace the course of Italian literature and its main authors (Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Tasso, Galileo, Leopardi, D’Annunzio, Pirandello, Calvino.) The readings, from poems to novels, from short stories to journalistic prose, will be approached considering their critical and historical background. The course is conducted in English, and most of the readings are in Italian. Open to undergraduates.
T 0430PM-0730PM
DI NINO, NICOLA
WILLIAMS HALL 516
Section 401 - SEM
SECTION 401: MINORITIES, INVENTION, AND NARRATION - What are the central features of a minority group? Why did minorities have such a strong impact on the cultural, social, political history of Europe and - in particular - of Italy? What is the relation between reality and invention, memory and creation in the identity of minorities and in their relation with the dominant groups? The course will focus on the differences that shaped the novel of the last century, in relation to racial, regional, linguistic, esthetic, religious, social and sexual minorities, with a specific focus on Sicily. The course will be taught in English. This course is open to undergraduates with permission from instructor.
M 0200PM-0400PM
ELKANN, ALAIN
FINOTTI, FABIO
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 322