Italian Department Fall Graduate Courses 2022
Postcolonial Italy – Migrations, Diasporas, Race - 16:560:691, Thursdays, 430-710pm, AB-5050
Taught by Professor Vetri Nathan
This new course will examine contemporary Italy’s complex relationships with the Global South through an exploration of Italian cinema, literature and new media. Readings will include theoretical staples of de/postcolonial theory, such as Fanon, Said, Bhabha, Young, Spivak, as well as newest research in this rapidly emerging field. Primary sources analyzed will include film, literature and digital/social media representations by/of racialized migrants and diasporic communities from 1990-Present. Students from non-Italian Studies graduate programs are also welcome. Taught in English.
Graduate Seminar - Petrarch, 16:560:613, Wednesdays 100-400pm, AB-5050
Taught by Professor Laura S. White
After discussing the Secretum, the De Vita Solitaria (book 1) and a few letters, the course will focus on the Canzoniere, as the canon of introspective love poetry. We will examine its enormous influence on the lyric of the following centuries both in the Italian tradition (Petrachismo, Gaspara Stampa, Veronica Franco, the Opera, popular songs), as well as in the European lyric tradition and well beyond. We will read essays by L. Bolzoni, J. Olney, R. Durling, M. Cottino-Jones, M. Santagata, G. Mazzotta, R. H. Wilkins and more. Taught in Italian.
Autobiography - The Art of Self Fashion, 16:560:650, Tuesdays 1pm-4pm Room AB-5050
Taught by Professors: Carole Allamand (French), Emily Van Buskirk (Russian and East European Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature), and Alessandro Vettori (Italian, Comparative Literature)
This course on Autobiography is an experiment conducted among three professors, who will teach their individual seminars and combine their three groups for 4 out of the 14 meetings during the fall semester. We hope to foster collaboration and intellectual exchange among students in our departments. Professors Carole Allamand (French), Emily Van Buskirk (Russian and East European Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature), and Alessandro Vettori (Italian, Comparative Literature) will jointly hold the first half of the initial meeting on September 6 (AB 5050), will give an outline of their courses, and present the material in common (the second half of the class on Sept. 6 will be in separate seminars). Drawing from their diverse scholarly expertise, the three professors will also teach one additional class for the three groups combined during the course of the semesters. Prof. Vettori will teach the second class for all three groups on week 2 of the semester (September 13); Prof. Van Buskirk will teach the fourth class on September 27; Prof. Allamand will teach the tenth class on November 8 (all these meetings in AB 5050). As specified on the syllabus, all other seminars will be with individual professors in separate meetings. An event at the end of the semester will give students an opportunity to share their final papers in presentation form.