Italo Calvino: Narrating the Unfamiliar (ITA4213.01)

Barbara Alfano

The course focuses on Calvino’s novels, Le citta` invisibili (1972); Il Castello dei Destini Incrociati (1973); Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore (1979); and the autobiographical Eremita a Parigi, a collection of his notes written between 1967 and 1984 when living and traveling abroad. These works narrate of odd and unfamiliar spaces, and of bizarre situations in which imagination plays the main role. Travel, but not only, relates the stories to one another. The reading of the novels will be supported by Calvino’s Lezioni Americane (1985) and by secondary, critical literature. Students will focus on creative writing to advance toward written proficiency, and so they will keep practicing complex grammatical structures, while also experimenting with tone, style, and register, and with narrative structures. By the end of term, students will produce either a short memoir, or a short story in Italian.

Prerequisites: Four terms of Italian, or permission by the instructor.
Credits: 4
T 10:10am-12noon;F 10:10am-12noon
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, 4000, Italian, Barbara Alfano.