ITAL-UA 10 001: INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY ITALIAN
5/22/17 - 7/2/17
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
ITAL-UA 20 001: INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN
7/3/17 - 8/13/2017
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topics in Italian Literature: The 'Coming of Age' Tale in 20th Century Italy
The story about the growth and education of a hero – known as the Bildungsroman - develops in Italy only after the turn of the 20th century, even as it was already flourishing elsewhere in Europe. Born as the attempt to envisage the life of one individual as a coherent and meaningful totality, the Italian Bildungsroman thus originates belatedly, when Modernism has already undermined the possibility to shape the hero’s life as a knowable and uncomplicated unity. We will analyze the narrative development of heroes always menaced by affect, trajectories of lives that are fragmented by the disruptive interference of the unnamable, traumatic events, emotions, or the presence of minor characters who resist meaning and evaluation.
We will explore the Italian Bildungsroman in both literature and cinema, focusing on major authors such as Calvino, Pasolini, Svevo, and the best-selling contemporary author Elena Ferrante as well as films by Fellini, De Sica, and Visconti. In addition to studying the genre’s formal aspects, we will examine its connections with Italian history and the wider European context: the Bildungsroman as a narrative strategy to deal with the ‘Southern question,’ the ‘novel of formation’ as the ‘symbolic form’ of the years of reconstruction immediately after the fall of Fascism, the role of the political Bildugsroman during the 50’s and 60’s. We will also read some short theoretical texts by Fredric Jameson, Franco Moretti, and others to help us explore issues such as crisis, the negotiation of narrative space between one protagonist and many minor characters, and the evolution of a genre such as the Bildungsroman from its supposedly pure form to a complex, dialectic one.
Intensive Elementary Italian
Anna Fay Wainwright
Intensive Intermediate Italian