Italian School FacultyScholar in Residence
Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Florence, gave lectures, seminars and conferences in the University of Paris, Dijon, Poitiers, Chambery, Frankfurt, Bonn, Eichstätt, Warsaw, Toronto, Klagenfurt and Middlebury College. Coordinator of the Graduate School of Italian Studies at the University of Florence and Director of the Centre of Studies "Aldo Palazzeschi", is the author of monographs, essays, chapters of literary history, as well as manuals.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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ITAL 6565 - Intro Mdrn&Contp Lit & Culture
Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
This course will cover Italian literature from the beginning of the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century focussing on major literary movements and their chief representatives in a political and social context. Beginning with an overview of Italian Romanticism the course will then focus on the development of the novel, and the poetics of realism, Decadentismo and Futurism. Representative writers of the twentieth century will also be studied. Changing attitudes in poetry will be illustrated by a selection of readings ranging from “Crepuscular poets” to the "Hermetic poets" and the Transavanguardia. Selected writings by contemporary authors will also be included. (1 Unit)
Required Text: Mario Pazzaglia. Scrittori e critici della letteratura italiana. Ottocento e Novecento. Antologia con pagine critiche e un profilo di storia letteraria. Vol. 3 (vol. unico). Terza Ed. Bologna: Zanichelli (1996). ISBN: 9788808146922. Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.Literature
ITAL 6611 - Modes of Critical Theory
This course focuses on a selection of modes and vocabularies of critical theory within the context of the twentieth century, but applied to the field of Italian studies. We will study aspects of structuralism, semiotics, deconstruction, hermeneutics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism and cultural studies.
Required text: Gino Tellini, Metodi e protagonisti della critica letteraria, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-74003-6Language & Stylistics
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools
ITAL 6631 - Myth of Ulysses in Ital Lit
The Mediterranean Myth of Ulysses in Italian Literature
This course looks to deepen the understanding of the figure of Ulysses, as legend in the foundation of Mediterranean culture. The course will examine the multifarious nature of the character of Ulysses, i.e., its ancient as well as modern aspects. The figure of Ulysses offers itself as a symbol of innumerable potentialities: a varying heroismk constantly reinterpreted with the passage of centuries. It stimulated expression from Homer to authors of the twentieth century, and inspired a plurality of protagonists very different from one another. After an analysis of the Ulysses in Homeric poetry (the Illiad and the Odyssey), the course will focus on the metamorphosis of the character in some classical authors of Italian literature: from Dante Alighieri to Ugo Foscolo, from Gabriele D’Annunzio to Giovanni Pascoli, and to Guido Gozzano; from Primo Levi to Umberto Saba.
G. Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio. Firenze, le Monnier Università, 2011.
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.Civ Cul & Soc Literature
ITAL 6632 - Artist-Writer Ital Renaissance
Artist-Writers of the Italian Renaissance
The course aims to deepen your knowledge regarding the rapport of artistic culture through the literary works of three grand artist-writers: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Benvenuto Cellini, and Giorgio Vasari. During the cultural height of the first half of the 1500s, these artist-writers shared presuppositions that restored reason to the fundamental experience of writing, occupying a prominent position also in the field of literary history through three diverse genres: lyric poetry, autobiographical prose, and artistic historiography.
Required texts: Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011, ISBN 978-88-00-74071-5.
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
ITAL 6641 - Cult Soc&Prvt Life Renaissance
Culture, Social Life and Private Life in the Renaissance
The course aims to illustrate not only the historical context but also the civil and social life of Renaissance civilization (XVI century). Specific topics covered in the course, along with the literary, scientific and artistic works, will be the conditions of daily life in the city and countryside, with special focus on gastronomy, clothing, and the practice of medicine across the various social classes. Ultimately the course will offer a broad perspective of Renaissance culture from both a historical and cultural standpoint.
Required Text: R. Bruscagli-G. Tellini, Letteratura e storia, Firenze, Sansoni, 2005, vol. II (Umanesimo e Rinascimento), ISBN 88-383-0567-6.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6649 - Nature & Art in Italian Lit
Nature and Art as Seen in Italian Literature
This course will examine the image of the ‘garden’ throughout the history of Italian literature (13th - 20th centuries). Beginning with the Middle Ages, our research will examine the stylized garden, representing order, rationality, harmony, decorum, and refined humanity, which constructs the ideal frame of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron and will continue until “the thorns of the dry twigs” of a “garden” surrounded by a “red hot wall” as noted in Ossi di seppia by Eugenio Montale, an emblem of the modern pain of living. We will examine the evolution not only of the “Italian Garden” but also the budding of the “English Garden”, highlighting the cultural significance of the metamorphosis over time. The analysis of texts and the study of diverse authors, with various meanings correlated with the garden, are strictly related to the dynamics of a specific historical situation embedded in civil, social, and anthropological foundations.
Required Text: G. Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, le Monnier Università, 2011. Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2014 Language Schools