French and Italian | Masterpieces of Italian Lit II
M308 | 5617 | Prof. Massimo Scalabrini


The focus of this course is on the 19th and 20th century. Its goal
is to read some of Modern Italy’s most representative works, to
understand them in their diverse historical contexts, and to develop
a critical approach to literary texts. Special attention will be
paid to such topics as Romanticism, Verism, the symbolist movement
and its legacy, the avant-guards, war and literature, Fascism and
literature, and contemporary literature. Students will write short
essays during the term, participate in an oral presentation, and
write a final exam. The class will be conducted in Italian.

Required Texts: I. Calvino, Il cavaliere inesistente. All
other texts will be available in the reader. Prerequisite is FRIT
M307; above section carries culture studies credit; fulfills A & H
and Culture Studies-List B requirement.