Romance Studies

 


Winter 2018/19

Winter 2018

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.

The Art of Love in Occitan and Old French Literature In the 12th century, Western Europe became passionate about love. Fine amor, or courtly love, was born in the Occitan regions with the songs of the troubadours. It migrated to the North of France and Langue d'oïl, where it gave birth to specific genres of narrative literature (lais and romances), before spreading throughout Western Europe under various guises. Courtoisie is both an aesthetic system and an ideology. It puts love and sensual desire at the top of its hierarchy of values, thus redefining and challenging several social and moral conventions – especially the sanctity of marriage. The aim of this course is to study this important cultural phenomenon across different spheres of the Romance world, beginning with troubadour poetry in Langue d'oc. We will then shift to courtly narratives in Langue d'oïl, specifically the legend of Tristan and Iseut (which depicts...
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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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RMST234 Introduction to Romance Language Cinema Sections

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 234] The Humane Comedy: Educational Laughter in Contemporary Italian Cinema By harnessing laughter to the illustration of major social, economic, or political issues of its day, the commedia all’italiana has contributed to fostering a better informed, more humane humanity, and in the process has set an example that ought to be held up as a mirror of ethical commitment (not to mention artistic accomplishment and box-office success) for cultures across the world. Hence the title of this course — The Humane Comedy: Educational Laughter in Contemporary Italian Cinema. The topics covered are the following. Before the midterm: the politics of early post-Fascist Italy and the paradigms of neorealism (e.g. De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, 1948); Pietro Germi’s Divorce, Italian Style (1961); Elio Petri’s The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971); Franco Brusati’s Bread and Chocolate (1973). After the midterm: Ettore Scola’s We All Loved Each Other (1974); Maurizio Nichetti’s Icicle Thieves...
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RMST420C Studies in Romance Languages and Literature - RMNCE LANG & LIT Sections

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian 404 and Italian Studies 414] Romance Ecologies: Narcissism, The Waste Land and Feminine Wild Wisdom This course aims at reflecting on the ways in which intuitive wisdom and linear thinking played out on the Medieval Romance scene, while improving our understanding of Medieval worldviews pertaining to the interaction between human societies and the ecosystems in which they were operating. In our readings of Medieval and Early Renaissance texts — whether chivalric narratives, love poems, philosophical treatises — and images we will also probe the extent to which, and the possible reasons why, intuitive wisdom consistently seems to bear the mark of the feminine, as a yearning for wholeness that typically, and paradoxically, exceeds institutionalized forms of knowledge and spirituality. We will carry out this investigation by keeping in mind today's ecological concerns and the way in which current ecological thinking may be enriched and enlivened by the contribution of...
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Summer 2018

Summer 2018
No RMST course(s) were found for S2018 term.