Italian 631: Lineamenti Di Letteratura Italiana

The course will focus on the discussion of major literary texts of Verismo, the Italian literary trend loosely corresponding to what in French is called Naturalism in a period (the second half of the nineteenth century) that may be epistemologically called the era of Positivism. Topics that will be discussed are: the poetics and ideology of Verismo; relationships with other literary trends (Romanticism, Naturalism, Scapigliatura) and arts (painting, photography, music); intersections of literary genres. Readings will include Giovanni Verga, Luigi Capuana, Matilde Serao, Federico De Roberto. This course will count toward the Italian Major and Certificate.