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 (forthcoming). He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes, Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001).
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 6602 - Reading & Writing in Italian
Reading and Writing in Italian: Improve your Writing and your Reading
A direct and close contact with some entertaining texts authored by the best contemporary Italian writers will lead the student to grow conscious of her/his voice and achieve a deeper understanding of it. We will read and comment 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: Fruttero & Lucentini, I ferri del mestiere. Manuale involontario di scrittura con esercizi svolti, Tascabili Einaudi, n. 1279, Torino 2004.
Angelo Marchese, L'officina del racconto. Semiotica della narrativita`
Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1990
Additional reading material will be provided by the instructor, possibly including short texts by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Beppe Fenoglio, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Natalia Ginzburg, Tommaso Landolfi, Primo Levi, Leo Longanesi, Goffredo Parise, and others.
Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6616 - Verism: Giovanni Verga
The course offers a survey of the main tenets of Italian Verismo through the readings of the main novels and novellas by Giovanni Verga. Verismo was, on the one hand, the counterpart of French Naturalism; on the other, the logical development of the reflection on realism that Romantic writers had privileged. Through the discussion of the main narrative works by Verga, the course aims at identifying the historical discourse within the nineteenth-century Italian literature and, whenever it will be possible, at comparing Verismo with French Naturalism.
Required texts: Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [OCLC: 17319705] Giovanni Verga, Mastro-don Gesualdo, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [ISBN: 8804228938 (pbk.); 9788804228936 (pbk.)] Giovanni Verga, Tutte le novelle, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [OCLC: 10395014]Literature
ITAL 6691 - Contemporary Italian Novel
Contemporary Italian Novel (1975-2000): Between History and Figurative Arts
The course will focus on a few novels written in the last quarter of the Twentieth century and it will explore the intersection of a historical and political discourse and reflections on the figurative arts. The course will argue that there is a strong correlation between the historical background presented in the novel and the presentation and discussion of the artistic works. Among the novels in question there are works by Paolo Volponi, Vincenzo Consolo, Erri De Luca, Antonio Tabucchi.
Vincenzo Consolo, Il sorriso dell’ignoto marinaio,
Vincenzo Consolo, Retablo,
Erri De Luca, Aceto, arcobaleno,
Antonio Tabucchi, Notturno indiano,
Antonio Tabucchi, Racconti, Milan: Feltrinelli, 2005 (selection) [or: Il gioco del rovescio, seconda edizione accresciuta, Milan: Feltrinelli, 1988]
Paolo Volponi, Il sipario ducale,
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;