ITALIAN 250 - Undergraduate Seminar in Italian Studies
Section: 001 Sex and the City
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Course Note:
Students seeking to enroll in both Italian 250.001 (Prof. Cornish) and Italian 250.002/003 (Prof. Kashdan) in the Winter 2018 should contact to request to receive credit for both classes (as Italian 250 is not repeatable for credit, except by departmental exception).
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first- and second- year students. No knowledge of Italian language required.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will follow the thread of sex (passion, desire, romantic love) and the city (laws, politics, urban space and customs, and the civilizing process) from ancient texts (Plato’s Symposium, Aristotle’s Politics, Terence’s Andria, Ovid’s Art of Love, and Augustine’s Confessions and City of God) to the noble Parisian prostitute of Verdi’s Traviata, an urban sex-worker with a Platonic idea of self-sacrificing love. This course looks at a predominant cultural paradigm still in full vigor today – the love story – against its particular European, especially Italian, history. Other texts include excerpts from Boccaccio’s Decameron, Dante’s New Life and Divine Comedy, Petrarch’s lyric poems, Castiglione’s Courtier and Machiavelli’s play, Mandragola.

Course Requirements:

Evaluation will be based on strong class participation, frequent short writing (blog), two papers and a take-home final exam.

ITALIAN 250 - Undergraduate Seminar in Italian Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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