French and Italian | SEMINAR IN MODERN ITALIAN LIT
M605 | 23534 | Ciccarelli, Andrea


Topic: Borders, Migration and Exile.  This class focuses on works
written in Italian but that cannot be classified as part of Italian
literature according to the traditional national canon. In
particular, we will read works which deal with multicultural
experiences, in and outside Italy. The goal of the class is that of
reflecting upon literary categories that do not apply anymore (or
have never applied) to specific sections of Italian literature that
are better understood if de-nationalized and envisioned in a
multicultural and multilingual context. Is it topics or languages
that assimilate to a specific tradition? An Algerian author who
writes in Italian belongs to a specific literary tradition? An
Italian poets who writes in Italian but lives abroad, is an Italian
author? A Swiss Italian writer is Swiss or Italian? or neither? We
will study works that question the traditional lines of the Italian
canon and suggest that rather than speaking of Italian literature,
we should begin speaking of literature written in Italian.