Romance Studies

 


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
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 231 and Italian 303] Shifting Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Italy This is a course that aims at blending the visual and the literary arts that flourished in the Italian peninsula from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will follow a chronological order, moving from Dante to Machiavelli and Castiglione, from Giotto to Leonardo and Raphael. However, this order also reflects a geographical one, as different centers of patronage became prominent at different moments in time. We will therefore look at Palermo and Sicily during the 12th and 13th centuries, Florence and Tuscany from the 13th to the 16th, Milan-Venice in the 15th and 16th; finally, approaching the Rome of the Renaissance will also give us the opportunity to look at her ancient, classical heritage. We will read excerpts from some of the major texts that were produced in these various areas, and familiarize ourselves with the evolution...
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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
[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 White Ship) and historical “peplum” kolossals (Gallone's Scipio the African). Ultimately, the goal...
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RMST420C Studies in Romance Languages and Literature - RMNCE LANG & LIT Sections

[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 414, Italian 404, and Religion, Literature and The Arts 471] The World in the Eye of the Beloved: Love and Consciousness in the Mediterranean Middle Ages The 11th to 13th centuries produced some of the most intense, sublime and passionate poetry to be found in the Western tradition, and beyond. Throughout the Mediterranean, love poetry became one of the privileged portals to access a holistic experience of life. In and through their yearning for the Beloved, poets addressed our inborn desire for meaning, fulfillment, perfect happiness. Who is the Beloved, then, what does s/he reveal to the lover, and where does the “learning of the heart”, which the experience of love so understood entails, lead to? In this course we will: read (in English translation) and discuss a number of poetic texts pertaining to the love experience from the Medieval Provençal, Italian, Hispanic, Islamic, and Indian worlds; evaluate some...
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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: Kerr, Gordon (2014). A Short History of Brazil: from...
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