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Advanced Italian Practice in Context II
ITAL 222
Spring 2013
Section: 01  

This course may be repeated for credit, but not for the Italian studies major. Please see the "Additional requirements and/or comments" section for further details.
This course is a continuation of ITAL221. Whereas that course addresses specific themes in Italian texts, from Dante until the end of the 20th century, this course focuses instead on several key events of the 20th century from World War II onward. Each event narrates a particular moment in Italian history of the last century. We will examine each event from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of genres, including prose fiction, prose nonfiction, poetry, cinema, and history. Combinations of events will change from one academic year to the next.
Some, but not all, possible thematic events include the retreat from the Russian front in WWII, the deportation of the Jews beginning in 1943, the 1966 flood of the Arno River, the ratification of the divorce law in 1974, the 1977 killing of Francesco Lo Russo by the Bologna police, the 1978 assassination of Aldo Moro by the left-wing terrorist group the Red Brigades, the 1992 Mafia assassinations of Judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the Tangentopoli corruption scandals of the 1990s, the economic phenomenon of "Made in Italy" in the 1990s, and Berlusconi's terms as prime minister in 1994-95 and again in the 2000s. How does each event resonate through the varied genres? How do the fictional representations treat the facts of the events and the themes that emerge from them? These are two of the questions we will reflect on as we go along.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ITAL112
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(ITST)(PSYC)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-18-2014
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