ITAL300 - Vernacular Science

Section 301 - SEM
Philosophy, medicine, science have always been considered elitist pursuits. In medieval Europe the mark of this privileged status was represented by Latin, the lingua franca of universities for centuries. Nonetheless between the 13th and 15th centuries a vernacular science also arose: this did not show any peculiar rivalry with its Latin counterpart, even if at the certain point it was receptive of humanist influences. This course aims at framing vernacular science in its cultural context, taking into consideration authors such as Dante, Petrarch, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, and many others. The course is taught in Italian.
MW 0200PM-0330PM
Section 401 - SEM
2014 marks the centennial of World War I, the “War to end all wars.” In this course we will explore the cultural impact of WWI in Italy, by considering forms of artistic, cinematic, and literary production that both helped shape the national response to the war and emerged from the experience of the world conflict. We will consider the influence of avant-garde artistic movements, such as Futurism, on the supporters of interventionism, and study the ways in which the visual arts—for example the comic strips published in Il corriere dei piccoli for young audiences, postcards and propaganda posters—served political and military aims. We will read a selection of representative literary texts, including works by Marinetti, D’Annunzio, Lussu, Gadda, and Ungaretti. We will also examine cinematic representations of WWI both through film material contemporary to the war and later critical examinations of war history in feature films such as Rosi’s Uomini contro and Monicelli’s La Grande Guerra. Finally, we will work with digital archives and Van Pelt Library special collections to gain a sense of war-time material culture. Taught in English.
T 0200PM-0500PM