Communication and Culture | National Cinemas (Topic: Italian Cinema and Literature
C596 | 26511 | Peter Bondanella


M, 3:35 PM-5:30 PM, Location: TBA

Meets with FRIT-M 565

Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Peter Bondanella
E-Mail: bondanel@indiana.edu
Office: Ballantine Hall 622
Phone: 855-3127

This course will examine important adaptations of literary texts by
major Italian directors.  The literary texts will include both
Italian works and works from classical and contemporary literature
outside Italy.  The class will focus on the following films and the
following texts:

Literary sources:  Euripides, MEDEA (adaptation: Pasolini, MEDEA);
Petronius, SATYRICON (adaptation: Felliniís SATYRICON); Lampedusa,
THE LEOPARD (adaptation: Viscontiís THE LEOPARD); Bassani, THE
GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI (adaptation: Vittorio De Sicaís THE
GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINI); Carlo Levi, CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI
(adaptation: Francesco Rosiís CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI);
Cortazar, ďBlow UpĒ (adaptation: Antonioniís BLOW UP); Borges, ďThe
Theme of the Traitor and the HeroĒ (adaptation: Bertolucciís THE
SPIDERíS STRATAGEM); James Cain, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
(adaptations: Viscontiís OBSESSION and Antonioniís STORY OF A LOVE
AFFAIR); Thomas Mannís DEATH IN VENICE (adaptation: Viscontiís DEATH
IN VENICE).

Italian literary sources will be ordered in Italian for Italian
graduate students.  All materials will be available in English at
least in the reserve room, although students who read Spanish or
German are urged to consult Borges, Cortazar, and Mann in the
original language.

Requirements: several class presentations (analysis of a film and a
literary text) plus an essay of approximately 15-20 pages involving
research.