ITAL685 - ITALIAN LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES

Section Description: 
In the 20th Century Italian Literary Criticism and Theory grew along different lines of development, both in relation to the evolution of an earlier Italian tradition, and as an original contribution to contemporary European, Russian and American critical productions. On the one hand, it is based on a national tradition that emphasized philology, rhetoric, and style, but on the other it concomitantly responds with specific concepts to Russian formalism and semiotics, and to ideas developing in continental theory, including structuralism and post-structuralism. The course aims at illustrating both the originality and the dialogical dimension of Italian Literary Criticism of the 20th and 21st Century, in its productive interaction with various perspectives from different cultures. The course will therefore present a number of Italian contributions within its historically significant “Philological Tradition”, and will also illustrate relevant Italian contributions to the European, American and Russian debates. It will focus on some key issues, such as: the importance of Rhetorical figures in literary hermeneutics, the shifting role of Readers, the ethical and social value of Literature. The perspectives of Psychoanalysis, Marxist-social theories, Feminist-Queer Theories, Deconstruction, and Pragmatic-Performative Theories will be presented and critically discussed in detail.
Instructors: 
LOCATELLI, CARLA
Day and Time: 
T 0900AM-1100AM
Section ID: 
ITAL685401
Title (text only): 
ITALIAN LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY IN THE 20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2020C
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
685
Section Number Only: 
401
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    O
    Course ID: 
    ITAL685