Category Archives: Spring
Urban Studies/History of Architecture
Prof. Francesco Ceccarelli
Based on the study of select Italian cities in the north-central region, the course’s goal is to provide the tools for identifying the historic and urban factors that have shaped Emilia Romagna as well as its urban centers, primarily Bologna. The course will alternate between a series of classroom lectures dedicated to the comprehension of diverse evolutionary phases of construction, and site visits to different aspects of Bologna’s urban fabric. Given the nature of the course and the necessity to develop a comparative approach, day trips to other nearby cities are also planned. Continue reading
History of Art
Prof. Lucia Corrain
The goal of this course is to trace a path through the recent artistic production in Italy, with a chronological span encompassing the second half of the nineteenth through the end of the twentieth century. The focus on Italy will be presented in relationship with other European and non-European experiences. The guiding threads through the course will essentially be two: the first has to do with history and the chronological evolution of artistic change; the second relates to learning how to read an image or to the language of artistic work, as well as to the functional and communicative mechanisms of a visual text.
Prof. Piero Di Domenico
Poetry is a constant presence in the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini – the Bologna-born writer, director, poet, critic for the Corriere della Sera – whose analyses of Italy of the 1970s economic boom have left a profound intellectual legacy. In fact, questions raised by Pasolini’s works frequently concern Italy’s shifting identity. Which, among many critical and poetic allusions tied to cultural conformism and to the “development without progress” left behind by Pasolini still retain an explosive charge of actuality in the director’s view of Italy, with all the transformations the country had undergone? Continue reading
Prof. Paolo Rota
In this course students will learn about the lives and literature of three famous Italian authors linked to Bologna and influenced in varying degress by their time spent in the city. Giacomo Leopardi, who only lived a few years in Bologna, nonetheless discussed in a series of famous letters how the city produced in him a profound emotional experience which helped to shape some of his later literary works.
Giosue Carducci, who was Tuscan by birth, is probably the author who most left his mark on the city. He taught at the university and participatied actively in the city’s public life while at the same time allowing the city to enter fully into his poetry. Giovanni Pascoli probably had the most difficult relationship with Bologna. Although he took over the teaching post in Italian literature at the University of Bologna from his teacher Giosue Carducci, he always preferred the tranquility of the countryside over city life.
In addition to classroom time, students will visit sites linked to these authors, including Carducci’s house and its museum, the classroom in which the poet-professor taught at the university, and the important Bolognese and Italian cultural center, the Archiginnasio library where students will be able to see some original editions of the texts studied. Continue reading