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...

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...

RMST420C Studies in Romance Languages and Literature - RMNCE LANG & LIT Sections

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
[Cross-listed with Italian 409 and Italian Studies 419] Italy and China Since Marco Polo, Italy’s communication with China is the longest in Europe on written record. In the 20th century, increased mobility intensified cultural exchanges between the two countries. Leading Italian writers such as Italo Calvino continued to imagine Polo’s legacy, making him a main character in his masterpiece Invisible Cities (1972). During the early 1970s Cultural Revolution, Italy was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with Maoist China. During this time, prominent intellectuals, including Michelangelo Antonioni and Alberto Moravia, went there to witness the famous social engineering. The 1940s Italian neorealist cinema significantly influenced six-generation Chinese filmmakers including Wang Xiaoshuai in the 1990s. Since the 1980s, Italy has been the leading country in continental Europe to receive Chinese migrants, a phenomenon that led to significant media coverage to the present day. This course will examine these and other...


Summer 2018

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