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ITALIAN 129: Truth or Consequences: Introduction to Modern Italian Literature and Culture

This course serves as an introduction to modern Italian literature and culture, while at the same time allowing students to further improve their understanding of Italian language. The guiding theme of our journey will be the Fantastic, a niche and often overlooked genre in the canon. Is the Fantastic a mere escape from reality and grim historical contingencies? Does it, perhaps, tell us more truth that it seems to concede? Through this notion, we will seek to analyze the different social, political, and cultural dynamics that have shaped Italy's history since its unification. Starting from Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio, we will see how different authors have used fantastic tales as a way to transgress literary and linguistic boundaries. From the Futurism of Aldo Palazzeschi and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, moving through Massimo Bontempelli and Alberto Savinio's Surrealism, to the weird tales of Tommaso Landolfi and Dino Buzzati and the metaphysical works of Anna Maria Ortese and Italo Calvino, students will become more familiar with the literary canon and specific aspects of Italian history and culture. All class discussion, reading, and writing will be in Italian.
Terms: Win | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Dule, G. (PI)
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