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ITAL-321 Poetics of Lightness: Italo Calvino and Post-War Italian Culture
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Faculty:
  • Benedetti, Laura
  • Nonexistent knights, cloven viscounts, cosmicomics, the geography of the city and the universe: the production of the most experimental Italian writer of the 20th century engages in a dialogue with literary tradition, investigates the links between literature and science, and reflects on the mechanisms of textual creation and consumption. In the first of the Norton lectures that he was going to deliver at Harvard in 1985, Calvino described his working method as one involving "the subtraction of weight". The course explores the author's "poetics of lightness" through a thorough analysis of his work, from the war novel The Path to the Spiders' Nest (1947) to the textual adventures of If on a Winter Night a Traveler (1979). Conducted in Italian.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None
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