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Fall 2014-2015
* ITA 401 (LA)  

Seminar in Italian Literature and Culture - Performance and Spectacle in Modern Italian Theater and Film

Gaetana Marrone-Puglia

The purpose of this course will be to explore the dynamics of spectacle and performance (artistic, political, sexual, anthropological) in representative plays and films by major Italian authors of the 20th century. A close analysis of works by the Futurists, Eleonora Duse, Pirandello, Fo, De Filippo, Bertolucci, Fellini, and Visconti will enable us to address questions of a textual and critical nature related to contemporary issues. Special attention will be given to the representation of individual and societal tensions, the imaging of the female voice, and the relations between the political and artistic imagination.

Sample reading list:
L. Pirandello, Enrico IV
E. Duse, Cenere
B. Bertolucci, Il Conformista
E. De Filippo, Filumena Martutano
D. Fo, Mistèro Buffo
F. Fellini, The Clowns
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 50-80 pages of Italian per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
200-level Italian course or permission of instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23478 L01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   321   Enrolled:3 Limit:15
23479 P01 7:30 pm - 9:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   321   Enrolled:3 Limit:15
24000 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled