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Art in Bologna from the 15th and 16th centuries. From Giovanni da Modena to the Carracci

History of Art  Syllabus  Prof. Elisabetta Cunsolo

Throughout the centuries, due to its geographic position, Bologna has always been a place where foreigners stopped during their travels to the North or the South of Italy contributing to the spread of new ideas. The cultural and political prestige of Bologna and of many of its personalities is evident looking at its architecture and works of art still present in town.… Continue reading

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Behind the scenes

Theatre   Syllabus    Prof. Gabriele Marchesini

The course takes a general approach to acting styles, providing a direct and in-depth involvement with the Italian language as it mediates between the theory and the practice of theatrical literature, a literature conceived as a recited art rather than as one to be read.
This way, we approach the theatre as protagonists, rather than simply practising our knowledge of another language and culture.… Continue reading

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The Pathos of the body in Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature

Italian Literature   Syllabus  Prof. Vanessa Pietrantonio

In the first half of the 19th century, some European writers opted to avoid realistic descriptions in favor of images that were hallucinatory, ambiguous, murky, vague, or misshapen.  Such images were often housed in infinite or incomplete spaces, in places where horrors were depicted by grotesque figures, painful grimaces, or decomposing bodies.… Continue reading

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Peace, War, and Rights in the Last Century of European and Italian History

History   Syllabus    Prof. Alberto Preti and Prof. Cinzia Venturoli

The history of Europe in the twentieth century unfolded through a complex relationship between armed conflict and the ever-increasing and stable prevalence of peace.  As the culture and practices of peace grew, so did the civil struggles for new rights, which came to shape the models of citizenship in various European countries during the second half of the twentieth century. This course will focus on these processes by following two interconnected analytical paths. We will begin by studying the epoch of wars in Europe between 1914 and 1945, followed by the dramatic shifts after WWII that, the Cold War notwithstanding, removed the primacy of war from the Europeans’ political agendas and mindsets for the first time in their history.… Continue reading

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