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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ITAL6579 - Modernity in Italy (1880-1945)      

The aim of this course is to study the artistic evolution of modernity and modernism in Italy beginning with the fin-de-siècle culture (Verismo writers, Macchiaioli painters, philosophy of Positivism), moving to the so-called Decadence (Giovanni Pascoli and Gabriele D’Annunzio) and the avant-garde of Futurism (Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and some of the manifestos of that avant-garde, painters such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini) as its counter-part. The course will then consider some artistic and literary endeavors that proved to be essential to twentieth-century culture such as Italo Svevo and Luigi Pirandello, Hermetic poetry, existentialist (Alberto Moravia) and Neo-realist (Cesare Pavese, Elio Vittorini) writings.

-Material for the course will provided by the instructor Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools

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ITAL6602 - Reading & Writing in Italian      

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.

Required Texts:
Material for the course will provided by the instructor Language & Stylistics

Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools

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ITAL6625 - Italian Romantic Literature      

The course will focus on the three major figures of Italian Romantic literature: Ugo Foscolo, Alessandro Manzoni, and Giacomo Leopardi. Texts will include the most important works by the three writers: Foscolo’s long poem Dei Sepolcri and the epistolary novel Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Manzoni’s historical novel I Promeessi Sposi, and Leopardi’s poems in the collection Canti and his dialogues Operette morali. Although the three authors are not Tuscan, let alone Florentine, they all forged their main works referring to Tuscan and Florentine landscape and history (especially Foscolo) and language (especially Manzoni, to a lesser extent Leopardi).

Required Text:
Ugo Foscolo, Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Milano: Garzanti, 1974 (27a edizione: 2011) ISBN 9788811360926
Alessandro Manzoni, I promessi sposi, Milano: Garzanti, 1966 (35a edizione: 2014) ISBN 9788811810100
Giacomo Leopardi, Canti, Milano: Garzanti, 1975 (25a edizione 2012) ISBN 9788811361022
Giacomo Leopardi, Operette morali, Milano: Garzanti, 1984 (17a edizione 2011) ISBN 9788811363040 Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL6707 - 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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ITAL6723 - 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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