ITAL-382 The Fantastic in 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Literature
Offered academic year 2006-2007
This course explores various conventions, modes and subgenres of the fantastic (like gothic, supernatural, folk-tale and magical realism) in Italian modern and contemporary writers as ways of complementing, problematizing or rejecting a mimetic representation of reality. Through a selection of fictional texts and essays by authors like Tarchetti, Capuana, Bontempelli, Ortese, Buzzati and Manfredi, among others, and the screening of several movies, we will pay special attention to the implications of transgressive aesthetic forms for social, political and gender issues. Conducted in Italian.
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