French and Italian | Seminar in Modern Italian Literature
M605 | 17997 | Ciccarelli, Andrea

Title: Poetry of Nature in Italian Culture.  In this class we will
focus on the representation of nature in Italian poetry and
literature. We will examine the topic from a dual perspective. We
will study it as a source of natural images for the literary code,
analyzing its evolution both thematically and chronologically; but we
will also investigate how the interpretation of nature itself changes
and affects both the language and the environmental perspective of
the writers. We will attempt to discover how the environment itself
becomes subject and object of the aesthetic investigation that
preludes to writing.

Readings will span from the entire spectrum of the Italian tradition,
including Dante, Petrarch, Ariosto, Leopardi, Pascoli, D’Annunzio,
Montale, Luzi. Special attention will be devoted to the
reinterpretation of traditional topoi during modernity. May be
repeated for credit with consent of the graduate advisor.