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First Year Seminar 52S

Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a breadth requirement course; see page 40.
Students with an adequate knowledge of Italian may substitute for the language courses and half-course in the First and Second years another course or half-course, subject to the permission of the Department. The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.

Italian Language for Beginners 78S, 26P

An introduction to the main elements of the Italian language. The development of speaking, reading, and writing skills.
Exclusion: Grade 11 Italian/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA142Y1/ITA152Y1 (Not open to students with a knowledge, however passive, of an Italian dialect)

Elementary Italian Language (formerly ITA110Y1) 78S, 26P

Main elements of Italian grammar for students who have some passive knowledge of Italian or an Italian dialect. (Students who have completed Grade 11 Italian should enrol in ITA251Y1)
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA142Y1/ITA152Y1

Italian for the Arts 78S

An introduction to Italian, both spoken and written, with special emphasis on lexicon and structures useful to students in the Arts.
Exclusion: Grade 11 Italian/ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA142Y1/ITA152Y1

Practical Italian 39S

An introductory course designed to develop communicative skills in Italian. Emphasis is placed on oral expression and comprehension. (Offered in Siena only. This course is meant to complement ITA134H1 offered on the St. George Campus.)
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/ITA142Y1/ITA152Y1

Introductory Italian 39S

An introduction to Italian grammar and composition. Some emphasis given to the development of oral proficiency. (The course is meant to complement ITA133H1 offered in Siena.)
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/ITA142Y1/ITA152Y1

Conversation and Culture: An Introduction to Italian 78S

The course is designed to introduce students to Italian grammar and develop basic oral and comprehension skills. Elements of Italian culture, past and present, are also examined in the context of language and communication. To select the appropriate second-year follow-up course, students are asked to contact the Undergraduate Coordinator. (Offered in Siena only)

Intensive Language Practice 78S

This is a course designed for students who wish to maintain and improve their general knowledge of Italian without wishing to specialize. Acquiring the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations is a priority, while less emphasis is placed on the traditional teaching of grammar and on essay writing.
This course counts toward the minor programs only.
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA152Y1
Prerequisite: Italian OAC/ 4 U/M or permission of Department

Language Practice 78S

A review of grammar, the writing of short compositions, and oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)/ITA142Y1
Prerequisite: ItalianOAC/4 U/ M

Contemporary Italy (formerly ITA200Y1) 78S

An analysis of literary social and artistic movements, whose aim is to better understand the conditions that prevail in modern Italy. (Given in English)

Second Language Learning 78S

A theoretical and practical consideration of the ways we learn a second language, with a historical overview and critical evaluation of the various methodologies that have been developed; the role of cultural studies in language learning, practical evaluation and development of syllabus, course and textbook materials.
Prerequisite: FSL161Y1(73%)/FSL181Y1/ITA100Y1/ITA101Y1/ITA102Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1) (all with a minimum of 73%)/152Y1

Ethnicity and Mainstream Italian Canadian Culture (formerly ITA233H1) 52L

An examination of the Italian presence in Canada from the time of John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to the present through an analysis of literary and other texts and a consideration of sociological and linguistic phenomena. (Given in English)

Conversation and Culture: Intermediate Italian Intensive Oral Practice 78S

This course is designed to enhance students’ oral proficiency in Italian , improve listening and reading comprehension and develop a broad lexical base for more effective communicating skills. Elements of Italian culture are also examined in the context of language and communication through a series of topical readings which form the basis of discussion. (Offered in Siena only)
Prerequisite: ITA100/101/102/(ITA133H1,ITA134H1)/ITA135Y1/142/152 or permission of department.

Italian Cinema 52L, 78P

An analysis of representative films by Italian directors including Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Ettore Scola, as well as a discussion of recent cinematic works by filmmakers of the young generation, such as Giuseppe Tornatore and Gabriele Salvatores. The course is given in English and all films shown have English subtitles.

Italian Culture and Civilization 26L, 26T

The main elements of Italian civilization from the time of Dante until the present in literature, art, and thought with reference to political history where appropriate. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA246H1/247H1/ITA248Y1/(356/357Y1)/(358/359Y1)

History of Italian Culture 26L, 26T

A survey of the art, literature, and culture of Italy from 1300 to the present. Selected readings in the topic. Ample use made of the artistic, urban, and social evidence to be found in Siena, Florence, and the surrounding region through organized trips and independent field research by the students. (Offered in Siena only)
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/246H1/247H1/(356/357Y1)/(358/359Y1)

Italians in China: From Marco Polo to Matteo Ricci 78L

The course focuses on two historical encounters of Italian civilization with imperial China: One made possible by the immensely popular book, II Milione, an account of several years of asian travels by the Venetian merchant Marco Polo (1245-1324), the other by the writings by Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) and other jesuits, Catholic Missionaries. (Given in English)

Intermediate Italian 78S

Grammar review, readings and oral practice to enhance comprehension and expressive skills.
Exclusion: ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1 (Not open to students with a knowledge of an Italian dialect)
Prerequisite: ITA100Y1/ITA102Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1)

Intermediate Italian II 78S

A review of Italian grammar and one hour of oral practice.
Exclusion: Italian OAC/4 U or M/ITA152Y1/ITA250Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1
Prerequisite: ITA101Y1/110Y1/(ITA133H1, ITA134H1) or familiarity with Italian dialect and some secondary school training in Italian

Written and Oral Expression in Italian 78S

A study of fundamental grammatical structures with special emphasis on vocabulary and syntax. Some attention is paid to stylistics. One hour a week is devoted to oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA253Y1
Prerequisite: ITA152Y1

Italian for Business Communication 39S

A review of Italian grammar. Development of oral and written skills, especially as they pertain to the world of business and finance.
Exclusion: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1
Prerequisite: A first-year ITA language course

Translating and Interpreting I 26L, 26T

An introduction to the problems of translation from English into Italian. Specific treatment of common difficulties and extensive exercises. Some practice in consecutive interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.

Survey of Italian Literature 26L, 26T

This course provides a comprehensive view of Italian Literature from its beginnings to the 20th Century, by focusing on the major authors and periods.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

The City: Siena 39S

Analysis of the city as a socio-cultural entity in its historical context from the Middle Ages to the present. (Offered in Siena only.)

Contemporary Italy and the European Common Market 39S

Discussion and evaluation of the historical process leading to the formation of the European Common Market with emphasis on the role that Italy played in this development. Consideration of questions arising from this new political and economic entity and its impact on the international market. (Offered in Siena only.)

The Italian Media: Film, Television, and Advertising 39S

Drawing from the wealth of materials available in loco, the course analyzes the various media at work in contemporary Italy, and film, television, and advertising forces that have transformed and shaped Italian society in the second half of the 20th century. (Offered in Siena only.)
Prerequisite: One or more courses in Italian language or permission of the Department

Artigianato Artistico: Design and Business in Italy 39S

An analysis of the social and economic realities of the artigianato artistico in Italy to show how, from the world of fashion to the leather industry, from goldsmith to glass blowing shops, this sector of Italian economy accounts for a large portion of the country’s international trade. (Offered in Siena only.)

The ‘Journey’ in the 19th Century 26L

The course illustrates Italy’s contribution to the history of the trope during a time when countries became increasingly interdependent and conscious of each other’s cultures. Through literary and social analysis the course traces the most vital aspects of the journey motif.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Mediaeval Italian Literature in Translation: Dante 26L

A study of the Vita Nuova and of the Divine Comedy within the literary and cultural context of the Middle Ages.
Exclusion: ITA320Y1/321Y1

Mediaeval Italian Literature in Translation: Petrarch and Boccaccio 26L

A study of the Petrarch’s Canzoniere and of Boccaccio’s Decameron considered in relation to the later Middle Ages.
Exclusion: ITA326H1/427H1

The Signs of Love in the Middle Ages (formerly ITA315H1) 26L

This course focuses on medieval Italian poets’ representation of the phenomena of love, from its origins and operation (“falling in love”) to its effects (“love sickness”) and, in some poets transformation into spiritual values. Passages are selected from the works of Guinizelli, Cavalcanti, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch and others.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

The Divine Comedy: This World and the Next 26L, 26T

Set in the afterlife, Dante’s great Christian epic of conversion explodes with the passions of this world. This course focuses on Dante’s intertextual and narrative strategies in order to fashion his complex vision of contemporary society within the framework of providential history.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Themes and Forms of the Lyric Tradition from Petrarch to D’Annunzio 26L, 26T

A comprehensive view of Italian lyric poetry focussing on the distinctive elements of the genre, from the establishment of the canon (Petrarch) to one of its 20th-century recastings (D’Annunzio).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

The Christian ‘Epic’ 26L, 26T

Italy’s foremost writers’ conscious attempt to write the great representative (“epic”) work of their age: this course explores their struggle to find the appropriate language, style, and genre to express their vision of history within the embrace of providence.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Writing the City: Middle Ages and Renaissance 26L

This course explores the diverse ways in which the city is represented in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Selected passages may include the following: Marco Polo (city as exotic east), Dante (city as hell), Boccaccio (city as pestilence), Petrarch (city as Babylonian chaos), Bruni (city as ideal), Machiavelli (city as political resolve), Campanella (city as utopia).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Italian Canadian Literature I: Life in a New World 13L, 13T

Works by first- and second-generation authors of Italian background. Among the themes explored: Italians as “pioneers”, the Italian perception of Canada, the immigrant experience, the immigrants’ encounter with a new world, their sense of discovery and the process of cultural adaptation. (Texts available in both Italian and English.)

Italian Neo-realist Cinema 26L, 26T, 78P

An analysis of the neo-realist movement in Italian cinema, and its relation to the political and social climate of post-war Italy. Screenings include selections from the major exponents of Italian neo-realism from Rossellini to the early Fellini. (Given in English)
Recommended preparation: ITA240Y1

The Self and Society in the Renaissance

See “Victoria College Courses”

Sex and Gender in the Renaissance

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Renaissance Narrative

(formerly VIC242H1)
See “Victoria College Courses”

Love and Sex in the Renaissance 26L

Divided into three parts, this course examines the philosophy of love and the literary and social manifestations of the love experience in Renaissance Italy. Readings include selections from the major love treatises of the period and from poems, short stories, letters and dialogues on love.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Vampires, Ghosts and Robots: Monsters and Marvels in Modernist Literature 26L

In this course we consider how in nineteenth- and twentieth century literature, fantastic and monstrous figures reflect the anxieties of the modern subject over the social, economic and existential transformations wrought by modernity. The course may include works by Tarchetti, Arrigo Boito, Capuana, Marinetti, Rosa, Bontempelli, Pirandello, Savino, and Landolfi.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Studies in Italian Cinema (formerly ITA342Y1) 52L, 78P

This course focuses on issues of “genre” and “authorship” in the context of a general discussion of Italian film-making as a national and popular tradition. Knowledge of Italian not required.
Exclusion: ITA342Y1
Recommended preparation: ITA240Y1

Language Practice 26P, 52S

Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA101Y1/110Y1/ITA152Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA351Y1/ITA352Y1/ITA353Y1
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA253Y1

Language Practice II 26P, 52S

For students who have a familiarity with an Italian dialect. Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA100Y1/ITA102Y1/ITA152Y1/ITA250Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA350Y1/ITA352Y1/ITA353Y1
Prerequisite: ITA251Y1/ITA253Y1

Advanced Language Practice 26P, 52S

Analysis and discussion of vocabulary and syntax with special emphasis on the individual’s stylistic problems.
Exclusion: ITA350Y1/ITA351Y1
Prerequisite: ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1/ITA353Y1

Language Practice (formerly ITA353H1) 39S

Development of writing and reading skills. Analysis of texts (vocabulary and syntax), composition, and oral practice. (Offered in Siena only.)
Prerequisite: At least one 2nd-year course in Italian language, or permission of Department. Students from ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1 will proceed to ITA450Y1. Students from ITA252Y1 will proceed to 452Y1.

Italian Culture from the 26L, 26T

357Y0 Middle Ages to the Renaissance
A survey of artists, writers, and thinkers from the time of Dante to the days of Leonardo. During field trips, the streets, squares, churches, and palazzi of many cities serve as living laboratories for a discussion of the topography of mediaeval and Renaissance cities. (Offered in Siena only.)
ITA356Y0: This course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines.
ITA357Y0: Students who wish to petition the Department for credit towards a Specialist or Major in Italian will be required to do the readings in Italian
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/246H1/ITA248Y1

Modern Italian Culture 26L, 26T

Analysis of a selection of philosophical, artistic, musical, and literary works from the age of the Baroque to the present. The main topics of discussion include: Romanticism, Italian unification, theatre, opera, Futurism, fascism, Neorealism, regional differences, and industrialization. Field trips and viewing of movies included. (Offered in Siena only)
ITA358Y0: This course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines.
ITA359Y0: Students who wish to petition the Department for credit towards a Specialist or Major in Italian will be required to do the readings in Italian.
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/247H1/ITA248Y1

Italian Linguistics 26L

For students having a knowledge of Italian and/or Italian dialects but no background in linguistics. Concepts of general linguistics. Italy as a linguistic entity. The structure of contemporary Italian, with special regard to its sound system and grammatical categories.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Aspects of Italian Descriptive and Applied Linguistics 26L

This course deals primarily with morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis, but also discusses the educational uses of linguistics.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1 and 360H1

Italian Sociolinguistics 26L

Starting with a survey of the sociolinguistic situation in Italy before Unification, this course deals with the complex relationship between regional languages and dialects on the one hand and Common Italian on the other. The recent rise of regional variants of Italian and its impact on the dialects are also discussed.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

The Linguistic History of Southern Italy 26L

This course deals with the birth and development of literary languages in southern Italy and the gradual linguistic Tuscanization of southern Italian culture. A selection of texts are read and discussed with attention also paid to important dialect authors.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Friulian Language and Literature 26L

An introduction to the major features of the Friulian language and a survey of the development of Friulian literature.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Power and Success in the Renaissance 26L, 26T

Concepts of power and strategies for success in Renaissance treatises including Machiavelli’s Il principe and Castiglione’s Il libro del cortegiano. Politics, art and writing as instruments of power in the lives of two “universal” men (Lorenzo il Magnifico and Michelangelo) and a female intellectual (Gaspara Stampa).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Translating and Interpreting II 26L, 26T

A course designed for advanced students. Written translation of a variety of non-technical texts from English into Italian, and practice in consecutive interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature 26L, 26T

Focusing on compelling themes arising from critical and theoretical debates in 20th-century culture, this course analyzes poetic, narrative and dramatic works by major Italian modern and contemporary authors.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

From Manuscript to Print, from Print to Computers 26L

A study of the effects of technology on the form and content of literature. The course focuses on the cultural transformations induced by print in the sixteenth century, and by electronic technology in our own times.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

The Commedia dell’Arte 26L

A study of the conventions of the Commedia dell’Arte tradition in the context of its performance history from the late Renaissance to the present. Issues examined include acting techniques, improvisation, masks and costumes, iconography and adaptation to film. (Given in English)

The Opera Libretto (formerly ITA395H1) 26L

An in-depth study of four opera librettos, examined first in the context of contemporary theories of drama, and then in the context of recent stagings, all available in video form, by distinguished directors. (Given in English)

Independent Experiential Study Project

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.

Autobiography 26L

An introduction to the conventions of the genre as illustrated by a selection of representative autobiographies from different periods of history and by authors professionally engaged in different disciplines (artists, philosophers, playwrights, etc.). Special emphasis on narrative strategies and on the rhetoric of self-description.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Angst and Alienation in 19th Century Italian Poetry 26L

Centred around the poetic production of Leopardi, Pascoli, and D’Annunzio, the course explores the main literary, artistic and socio-political issues that characterize Italy’s cultural contribution within the context of the romantic movements in Europe.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Masterpieces of Modern Drama 26L, 26T

An analysis of the most representative works of 20th-century Italian dramatists, from Pirandello to Fabbri to Fo.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Drama in Performance 26L

An in-depth study of two plays, one of which is studied in the context of its production history and against the background of contemporary performance theory and theatre technology, while the other is examined from the dramaturgical perspective of current theatre practice and in the context of modern theories of directing. (Given in English)

Spinning a Tale: The Italian Short Story 26L, 26T

The short story genre and its development from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to Boccaccio’s tales, included are some of the most famous stories of Western literature, which later inspired masterpieces in all art forms, such as Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Puss in Boots and Cavalleria Rusticana.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Actors, Directors and Stage Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods 26L

The origin and early development of the professional theatre in Italy. Among the topics examined are the composition of theatrical companies, acting conventions, theories of directing, costume design, theatre architecture, and production technology.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

History of the Italian Language 26L

The historical formation of the Italian language and of its dialects. Historical phonology and morphology, and problems of syntax and lexicon. Reading and linguistic analysis of early Italian texts.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Man and Society from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment 26L, 26T

A study of the different concepts of man and his place in society, as exemplified in Italian literature from the late 15th to the 18th century.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Florence and the Renaissance

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Italian Novel into Film: Aspects of Cinematic Adaptation (formerly ITA441Y1) 52L

An analysis of the process of adaptation in an exploration of the ideological and narratological perspectives as well as the stylistic elements of literary and cinematic discourse. Selections include novels by Verga, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Moravia, Bassani and their filmic adaptations by directors such as Visconti, De Sica, Bertolucci.
Recommended preparation: One of: ITA240Y1/ITA340Y1/ITA347H1/ITA381Y1 Knowledge of Italian recommended

Advanced Composition (formerly ITA451Y1) 26P, 52S

A study of the more complex areas of Italian grammar and language usage. Discussion of problems and difficulties relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise from individual compositions or essays.
Exclusion: ITA252Y1/ITA352Y1
Prerequisite: ITA350Y1/ITA351Y1/ITA353Y1

Italian Stylistics 52S, 26P

A study of specific aspects of Italian syntax, stylistics and semantics, which are particularly subject to interference from English and/or dialect. Considerable attention is also paid to oral expression.
Exclusion: ITA450Y1
Prerequisite: ITA352Y1/ITA353Y1

Women Writers in Italy (formerly ITA455Y1) 26L, 26T

Cultural movements and feminist issues as reflected in the writings of various periods.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution in Renaissance Italy 26L

Focusing on Galileo Galilei, this course examines the development of the language of science in Renaissance Italy using a variety of tools such as literary and scientific texts, overheads, multimedia programs, and the Internet.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Translating and Interpreting III 26L,26T

Written translation of literary, administrative, business, and semi-technical texts from English into Italian. Extensive practice in consecutive interpretation. Introduction to simultaneous interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Legal, Scientific and Business Italian 26L, 26T

Reading, lexical and syntactic analysis of representative texts written in business, legal and scientific Italian. Translation of such texts into English and of comparable English texts into Italian.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Literature and Desire 26L

This course traces the development of erotic discourse in Italian culture. Course material is drawn from poetry, prose, and plays on love, focusing both on the literary and psychoanalytic language of love.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Independent Studies 13L, 13T

An opportunity to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. a written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Independent Studies 26L, 26T

An opportunity to pursue at the 400-level an independent course of study not otherwise available. a written proposal, co-signed by the instructor, must be submitted on the appropriate proposal form for approval by the Department of Italian Studies.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

Topics in Contemporary Fiction 26L

This course traces the debate on the relationship between writing and reality in contemporary fiction from the early 20th century to neo-realism and post-modernism. Texts studied are by such prominent writers as Pirandello, Svevo, Gadda, Vittorini, Calvino, Morante, and Eco.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

What is a Poet? The Roles and Functions of Poetry in Twentieth-Century Literature 26L

What function can the aesthetic experience play in capitalist society? This course examines how, through irony, humour, pathos, lyricism, or detachment, twentieth century poets sought to provide an answer, and to renew the poetic tradition. The course may include works by Gozzano, Marinetti, Palazzeschi, Montale, Luzi, Caproni, and Sanguineti.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y1/ITA251Y1/ITA252Y1/ITA253Y1

Italian-Canadian Literature II: Identity and Voice 26L

Critical investigation on works by Italian-Canadian authors, focusing on themes linked to the second-generation experience, such as intergenerational conflict, gender relations, the return journey, and the quest for identity. Special attention is given to the most recent production, new narratives and artistic forms. (Texts are available in Italian and English)
Recommended preparation: One of ITA233Y1/ITA334H1

The Artist as Writer 26S

Writings by Italian artists through the ages from Leonardo da Vinci and Benvenuto Cellini in the Renaissance to Salvator Rosa in the 17th century and Filippo De Pisis in the 20th century.

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