Women’s Writing, Women’s Voices (ITA4605.01)

Barbara Alfano

Moving from a specific query into how women describe themselves to a more general investigation into what shapes their gaze, this course explores Italian women’s writing from the Renaissance to contemporary Italy. Studying the female condition in Italy and its inscription in womens’ narratives, students will discover what connects a courtesan of the XVI century (Veronica Franco), a revolutionary aristocrat of the XVIII (Eleonora de Fonseca Pimentel), feminists of the XX century (Sibilla Aleramo, Dacia Maraini, and Oriana Fallaci), and post-feminists of our time (Margaret Mazzantini and Simona Vinci). Students will focus on narrative structures and get acquainted with the different styles from various epochs. They will also undertake extensive writing. Through in-class analysis and discussion of primary texts, students will further improve their speaking skills in Italian. The course combines the intermediate-high and advanced levels. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisites: Four terms of Italian or permission of the instructor.
Credits: 4
T 10:10am - 12noon; F 10:10am - 12noon
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
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