Middlebury Language Schools

Ernesto Livorni

Italian School Faculty

Professor of Italian Language and Literature, and Affiliate of Comparative Literature, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His scholarly publications include: Avanguardia e tradizione: Ezra Pound e Giuseppe Ungaretti (1998) and T. S. Eliot, Montale e la modernità dantesca. He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes, Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001).



Course List: 

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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

Summer 2012

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ITAL 6602 - Reading & Writing in Italian      

Reading and Writing in Italian: Improve your Writing and Reading

A direct and close contact with some entertaining texts authored by the best contemporary Italian writers will allow the student to grow conscious of her/his voice and achieve a deeper understanding of it. We will read and comment on the texts of the writers and also the texts produced by the students during the course. Our attention will be focused on the structure of Italian sentences, on the meanings of Italian words. We will examine many subtle features of the Italian written and spoken language. We will speak about Italian society, history and politics – all phenomena that give birth to new words. Together we will look for a style, in the pages we read and in the pages we write. Active participation in class is warmly required.

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 6707 - Italian Poetry after WWII      

The course will focus on some of the most prominent poets who followed the generation of Hermeticism and had the task of finding new poetic paths for the generation of the second post-war period. These poets are: Attilio Bertolucci, Giorgio Caproni, Mario Luzi, Alda Merini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovanni Raboni, Vittorio Sereni, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Andrea Zanzotto.

Required texts: Maurizio Cucchi, Poeti italiani del secondo Novecento, 1945-1995, Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1996. (Oscar Mondadori: 2004) Literature

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL 6723 - E. Morante & V. Consolo Novels      

Elsa Morante’s and Vincenzo Consolo’s Novels

The course will discuss some novels by Elsa Morante and Vincenzo Consolo, which are also a reflection on some moments of Italian history from Risorgimento to Resistance to the years of terrorism. We will read the following novels in chronological order: Elsa Morante, La Storia (1974); Aracoeli (1982); Vincenzo Consolo, La ferita dell'aprile (1963); Il sorriso dell'ignoto marinaio (1976); Lo spasimo di Palermo (1998). A discussion of the historical and political climate of Italy in the periods in which the novels are set will accompany the reading of the novels.

Required texts: Vincenzo Consolo, La ferita dell'aprile (1963), Milano: Mondadori, 2008;ISBN: 9788804577430; 8804577436
Vincenzo, Consolo, Il sorriso dell'ignoto marinaio (1976), Milano:
Mondadori, 2009; ISBN: 9788804528548; 8804528540
Vincenzo Consolo, Lo spasimo di Palermo (1998), Milano: Mondadori, 2007;
ISBN: 9788804472018; 8804472014
Elsa Morante, La Storia (1974), Torino: Einaudi, 2005; ISBN: 9788806177409
(2008); 8806177400 (br) Series ISSN: 2240-2241
Elsa Morante, Aracoeli (1982), Torino: Einaudi, 2007; ISBN: 9788806174514;
8806174517 Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2013

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
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F: 802.443.2075

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