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Fall 2013-2014
* ITA 309 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Contemporary Italian Civilization - Italy: The Land of Slow-Food

Pietro Frassica

Combining an analysis of Italian literary texts with works of visual art, this course studies the art of cookery in relation to people's environment and history. From Middle Ages to the 21st-century (Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, Goldoni, d'Annunzio, Magris), topics will explore the conceptual preconditions that in recent years have generated the Slow-Food movement, its recycling of its own old traditions as well as its worldwide impact. This course examines food as a window into gender, class and traditions, where food is defined in terms of nutritional health and taste as well as social and ethical phenomena, such as the value of nature.

Sample reading list:
Boccaccio, Decameron (selections)
Pulci, Morgante (selections)
Goldoni, Plays (selections)
D'Annunzio, Il Fuoco (selections)
Tozzi, Tre Croci
Carlo Petrini & Gigi Padovani, Slow Food Revolution
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-100 pages of Italian reading per week

Final Exam - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20777 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:12 Limit:13