ITALIAN 359 - Italian Culture and History
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Italian is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course explores the historical context of the operatic tradition from the early nineteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on the central composers of this period including, but not limited to, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini. Operas will be examined in terms of their cultural context to include themes regarding gender (e.g., the portrayals of masculinity and femininity), Italian nationalism (the Risorgimento and depictions of heroism), representations of the “exotic Other,” the training of singers, and the issues behind opera production during this time period. Though operas will be analyzed in terms of their musical content (form, genre, specific musical events), no previous musical knowledge is required; all discussions of the music will be explained in class. Grades will be determined by quizzes, a midterm, papers and participation.

ITALIAN 359 - Italian Culture and History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
F 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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