ITAL-363 Fictionalizing the Self: Autobiography in Twentieth-Century Italy
Offered academic year 2006-2007
Professor Pireddu
This seminar revolves around contemporary Italian novels, poems, essays and films in which the autobiographical question plays a pivotal role: What is at stake in self-representation? How does the notion of "the autobiographical" evolve and for what purpose? Crucial topics will be the impact of psychoanalysis upon the representation of the self; the female writer's avowed marginalization from historiography and aesthetics; the memory of Jewish persecutions; the defamiliarizing experience of the return to one's homeland after emigration; and the intellectual's confession of crisis in post-war Italy. Conducted in English. This course satisfies one of the two literature and writing requirements of the College.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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