Italian 3328F (Fall 2015): Masterpieces of Contemporary Italian Culture

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You can’t build a thorough understanding of today’s global culture if you don’t have any familiarity with the literary treasures of modern and contemporary Italy. In this course you will be introduced to a number of Italian writers who have contributed to shape the way in which we have come to think of ourselves and the world in the past one hundred years or so.  The works of Luigi Pirandello, Eugenio Montale, Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, Roberto Saviano, among others, will provide us with the literary platform to explore such topics as national and personal identity, memory, love, justice, crime. Discussion of a variety of novels, short stories, memoirs, plays and poems will allow us to reflect on the often fuzzy boundary between fiction and reality, as well as on the role of Italian writers in the evolution of literary genres and styles.

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