ITAL-403 Love Relationships in the Novels of Italo Calvino
Fall for 2017-2018
The course will focus on the analysis of ways in which Italo Calvino recounted sentimental relationships. We will start with the title of a section of his “Racconti” called “Difficult Love” (loves, in Italian) and specifically from Calvino’s use of the adjective “difficult”. The hypothesis on which we will work is that since his first novel “Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno,” Italo Calvino strived to get away from traditional narrative treatments of the love story and to avoid the adoption of its most typical and customary expressive registers. I will try to show in the course how the theme of ‘difficult love’ can open a window, or may be a side entrance, into the most complex themes in the work of Calvino. The texts on which we will work will be selected readings from 'Racconti', 'Barone rampante', 'Il Cavaliere inesistente', 'La giornata di uno scrutatore', 'Le cosmicomiche', 'Se una notte di inverno un viaggiatore', 'Le città invisibili', and 'Palomar'. Students will work on the readings that will be made available to them before class with specific questions to think about in order to discuss them in class. One student will, each time, have the task to select, with my help, the most important themes that emerged in the discussion of the previous class session. Other readings that will be selected will help students place Calvino within the background of Italy in the second half of the 1900’s.
The course is in Italian
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