Romance Studies


Summer 2017

Summer 2017

RMST234 Introduction to Romance Language Cinema Sections

History, Society and Culture in the contemporary Brazilian cinema The course examines how historical, social and cultural aspects of Brazil, including the notion of “brasilianidade” and the stereotypical image of Brazilians, are reflected in Brazilian contemporary films and documentaries. The exhibition of (part of) films and documentaries combined with a bibliography based on Cultural Studies, Anthropology and Sociology will be the core of the course, which deals with the language, images, and representations used in the films and documentaries in a critical way. Selected films will contribute to the discussion of historical, social and cultural aspects of the Brazilian life as they not simply reproduce the national identity or reflect a social reality, but also use the dominant discourses and the common ideas about Brazilian culture, history and society in an attempt to affirm, reconstruct, negotiate or contest such discourses and ideas. Required Textbooks: Gordon Kerr, A Short History of Brazil: from pre-colonial...

Winter 2017/18

Winter 2017

RMST221 Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World I: Medieval to Early Modern Sections

An introduction to the main themes that shaped the Western part of Europe as its different national identities emerged in the Mediterranean sphere.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela

RMST222 Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World II: Modern to Post-Modern Sections

An introduction to the main themes that shaped the Western part of Europe in the age of the nation state, imperialism, colonization, and decolonization.

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter 2016 - Term 1" style="accordion-style1"] [Cross-listed with Italian Studies 345] Types and Archetypes of Fascism in the Age of the Crisis of Liberal Democracy This course aims at offering students with diverse backgrounds some foundational knowledge about the phenomenon of “xxx-ism” as, in successive incarnations, it arose and ran its course in the context of neo-Latin societies and cultures. Since the phenomenon originated in Italy, our primary focus will be the Italian peninsula. We will read Neville and make references to Bosworth, Mack Smith, Martin Clark, Procacci and other contemporary historians and sociologists. We will analyze works of theory, politics, fiction and memoirs from that age (by Marinetti, Moravia, Pirandello, Ungaretti, Carlo Levi); examine the architecture and fine arts of Mussolini's regime; and watch clips from films belonging to the genres of telefoni bianchi comedy (Camerini's Il Signor Max), war propaganda (Balbo's transatlantic flights, Rossellini's The...