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The theme of existential struggle is one of the most recurrent in many literary and artistic masterpieces of Italian Literature and Art. The course will concentrate, through an in-depth analysis of the literary texts , on the existential and dramatic pursuit towards an author’s search of identity. Specific emphasis will be given to the works by Luigi Pirandello, one of the most relevant and powerful voices in the Italian and European literary landscape of the 20th-Century. The course will examine, through the analysis of some of his most famous writings, his existential enigma: the absurd condition of the human existence, man’s inner struggle and search for an absolute identity and “truth” that does not seem to exist. Class discussions, oral presentations, two papers, two exams, and one final research project. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian 31 and 32, or consent. Counts toward the Major in Italian Studies, the Minor in Italian, the Italian Culture Option, the Distribution Requirement for Humanities.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA. Must have taken ITAL 0031 and ITAL 0032 or equivalent; if you have not, please contact the instructor for permission to enroll

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes, first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences