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ITALIAN 41N: Imagining Italy

Images of Italy. To the English and American literary imagination, Italy has long been a source of fascination. During the past hundred years, writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Frances Mayes have explored the broad range of contradictory resonances of the Italian setting, in fiction, travel essays, and memoirs. While some writers have celebrated the sensuality of Italian culture and landscape, others have imagined Italy as a more dangerous place -- as dangerous as the erotic love with which it is often identified. In this course we will examine the range of literary responses to Italy by writers in English during the past hundred years, and explore the ways in which our culture has continued to construct myths of Italy. We will also see how these myths have been transformed into commodities in today's consumer culture, making "Italy" one of the most profitable fictions in the marketplace.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II

ITALIAN 52N: Life is a Play: Identity, Persona, and Improvisation in Luigi Pirandello

Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. For Pirandello (1867-1936; Nobel Prize, 1934), to suddenly realize your entire life has been a performance is a moment of utmost horror, comedy, and opportunity for self-awareness. In a quintessentially modern fashion, he claims that the performance cannot be stopped, that authenticity is a mirage, and that learning to laugh at oneself is the only liberation. Materials include Pirandello's existential "theater within the theater," his novels, and their film adaptations, which we will study in their cultural context.

ITALIAN 75N: Narrative Medicine and Near-Death Experiences (FRENCH 75N)

Even if many of us don't fully believe in an afterlife, we remain fascinated by visions of it. This course focuses on Near-Death Experiences and the stories around them, investigating them from the many perspectives pertinent to the growing field of narrative medicine: medical, neurological, cognitive, psychological, sociological, literary, and filmic. The goal is not to understand whether the stories are veridical but what they do for us, as individuals, and as a culture, and in particular how they seek to reshape the patient-doctor relationship. Materials will span the 20th century and come into the present. Taught in English.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-SI
Instructors: Wittman, L. (PI)

ITALIAN 100: Masterpieces: Dante

An exploration of Dante's "Inferno" (the first of the three canticles of The Divine Comedy). The aim is to learn how to read the poem in detail and in depth, through both slow reading and ongoing reconstruction of Dante's world. We will also ask to what extent Dante's civic identity as a Florentine, especially his exile from Florence, gave momentum to his literary career and helped him become the author of one of the masterpieces of Western literature. Special emphasis is placed on Dante's ethical world view and his representation of character. Taught in English.
Last offered: Winter 2015 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II

ITALIAN 101: Italy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Renowned for its rich cultural tradition, Italy is also one of the most problematic nations in Europe. This course explores the contradictions at the heart of Italy by examining how art and literature provide a unique perspective onto modern Italian history. We will focus on key phenomena that contribute both positively and negatively to the complex "spirit" of Italy, such as the presence of the past, political realism and idealism, revolution, corruption, decadence, war, immigration, and crises of all kinds. Through the study of historical and literary texts, films, and news media, the course seeks to understand Italy's current place in Europe and its future trajectory by looking to its past as a point of comparison. Taught in English.
Last offered: Winter 2016 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-A-II, WAY-ED

ITALIAN 102: Masterpieces: Boccaccio's Decameron

This course offer an in-depth consideration of Boccaccio's masterpiece The Decameron. We will pay special attention to Boccaccio's unparalleled art of storytelling; at his distinctly "modern" sensibility; and at the new kind of heroes his book champions: heroes of wit, imagination, free-thinking and self-reliance. Finally we will consider the erotic exuberance of many of Boccaccio's tales.
Last offered: Winter 2016

ITALIAN 104: La dolce vita: Italian Stereotypes in Film

Passion, nostalgia, mafia, women. What has it meant to be Italian in the past hundred years? How are these stereotypes invented, portrayed and dismantled by filmmakers such as Fellini, Scola, Giordana, Benigni and Torre? This course will address the problem of Italianità, its anomalies and contradictions, and look at how Italians have imagined themselves on the big screen, from the figure of the hopeless romantic to the mafioso. Films will be in Italian with English subtitles. Taught in Italian.
Last offered: Winter 2014

ITALIAN 110: Gateway to Italy

This course serves as an introduction to the world of Italy by focusing on the cultural significance associated with five key words and their concomitant human figures: "Stile" (the artist), "Spirito" (the hero-saint), "Scienza" (the thinker), "Migrazione" (the explorer), and "Crisi" (the political man). Readings will address figures such as Dante, Michelangelo, Saint Francis, Da Vinci, Galileo, Fermi, and Columbus; and socio-cultural phenomena such as fashion and design, the scientific revolution, brain drain, immigration and emigration, religion, and politics.

ITALIAN 120: Love Italian Style

Gateway course for Italian studies. An examination of representations of love and sexuality in Italian literature, art, film, and popular culture from the Italian Renaissance to the current period. Beginning with the figure of Silvio Berlusconi and ending with Dante's love for Beatrice, the course considers differences in social practices and mores over time, the role of literary and artistic representations in establishing cultural expectations about love, the question of gender roles and identity in Italian society, as well as contemporary stereotypes about love in Italy and Italians in love. Taught in Italian. Prerequisites: ITALLANG 22A or equivalent
Last offered: Spring 2013

ITALIAN 127: Inventing Italian Literature

An introduction to the study of literature in Italian, especially short prose fiction and poetry. Attention will be given to building a vocabulary and critical tool-set for the interpretation of literary texts from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period. Taught in Italian. Prerequisites: ITALLANG 22A or equivalent (2 years of Italian)
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Nakata, C. (PI)
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