179X_Syll_09_REV - Fall 2009 Italian 179X BRDA 1610 TR 3:30-4:45 PM Screenings BRDA 1640 T 5:30-7:30 PM Prof Claudio Fogu [email protected] Phelps

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Fall 2009 Prof. Claudio Fogu Italian 179X [email protected] BRDA 1610, TR 3:30-4:45 PM Phelps 5324 Screenings: BRDA 1640, T 5:30-7:30 PM Office Hours: TR 5-6:00 Fiction and Film in Italy: The Historic(al) in Italian Film and Literature Course Description Since Giovanni Pastrone’s Cabiria (1914), the first historical epic in the history of film scripted by Italy’s most celebrated poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio, the relationship between history, literature, and Italian cinema has been both fertile and reciprocal. Italian writers, from Alessandro Manzoni to Umberto Eco, have been celebrated as masters of the historical novel. They have nourished the historical imagination of Italians by merging in their novels representations of particular historical worlds with general philosophies of history. Similarly, filmmakers as different as Roberto Rossellini and Roberto Benigni have sought to make cinema the premier medium for the formation of Italian historical consciousness in the 20th century. The production of histopics (historical pictures)—from costume melodramas, to biopics and epics—has been one of the principal genre in Italian cinema from the silent era, through fascism, all the way to the postwar period. Alternating lectures, to in-class discussions of the assigned films and novels, this course will introduce students to some of the Italian masterpieces in the genre of the historical feature, while at the same time focusing specifically on the representation of the fascist period in Italian film and literature from 1945 to the present. Requirements Attendance : Students are expected to attend regularly both lectures and screenings. Should you miss a lecture for any reason, you are responsible for informing yourself as to what was covered in class. An excessive number of class absences may jeopardize your ability to understand the course material and will consequently affect your final grade. Since films are screened on Tuesdays, every Thursday lecture will begin the discussion of the film watched on Tuesday, and continue the discussion of the film (and novel) on the next Tuesday. Reading
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2009 for the course ITAL 179X taught by Professor Claudiofogu during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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179X_Syll_09_REV - Fall 2009 Italian 179X BRDA 1610 TR 3:30-4:45 PM Screenings BRDA 1640 T 5:30-7:30 PM Prof Claudio Fogu [email protected] Phelps

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