ENGL 4337/4399 Italy Spring 2018

Tim Morris

0900-0950 MWF, 205 Science Hall

Tim Morris office hours: 1000-1100 weekdays, 420 Carlisle Hall


office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

Required texts:

Books to buy:

Sibilla Aleramo, A Woman
Paperback: University of California Press (March 16, 1983)
ISBN-10: 0520049497
ISBN-13: 978-0520049499

Edith Bruck, Who Loves You Like This
Paperback: Paul Dry Books (December 2000)
ISBN-10: 0966491378
ISBN-13: 978-0966491371

Amara Lakhous, Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Paperback: Europa Editions (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1933372613
ISBN-13: 978-1933372617

Michela Murgia, Accabadora
Paperback: Counterpoint (October 30, 2012)
ISBN-10: 9781619020504
ISBN-13: 978-1619020504

Luigi Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author and Other Plays
Paperback: Penguin Classics (February 1, 1996)
ISBN-10: 014018922X
ISBN-13: 978-0140189223

Leonardo Sciascia, The Day of the Owl
Paperback: NYRB Classics (September 30, 2003)
ISBN-10: 159017061X
ISBN-13: 978-1590170618

links to on-line texts:


Wed 17 Jan: Introductions

Fri 19 Jan: lecture: overview

Mon 22 Jan: lecture: backgrounds

Wed 24 Jan: notecard: Dante's Inferno: Cantos 1 through 5

Fri 26 Jan: crowdsource: Dante's Inferno

Mon 29 Jan: notecard: Dante's Inferno: Cantos 10, 15, 26, plus Canto 32 (line 124) through Canto 33 (line 78)

Wed 31 Jan: lecture: Dante

Fri 2 Feb: notecard: Dante's Purgatorio: Cantos 16 and 26; Dante's Paradiso: Cantos 26 and 33

Mon 5 Feb: notecard: Petrarch, letter to Dionisio da Borgo San Sepulcro

Wed 7 Feb: lecture: Petrarch

Fri 9 Feb: crowdsource: Petrarch

Mon 12 Feb: notecard: Boccaccio, Decameron: Introduction; Day 1, Novel 1

Wed 14 Feb: lecture: Boccaccio

Fri 16 Feb: notecard: Boccaccio, Decameron: Day 8, Novel 7; Day 10, Novel 10

Mon 19 Feb: crowdsource: Boccaccio, Decameron

Wed 21 Feb: lecture: Tasso

Fri 23 Feb: notecard: Tasso, Jerusalem Delivered (trans. Fairfax): Twelfth Book

Mon 26 Feb: notecard: Goldoni, The Beneficent Bear

Wed 28 Feb: review

Fri 2 March: midterm exam

Mon 5 March: lecture: Italy from the Renaissance to 1800

Wed 7 March: notecard: Manzoni, The Betrothed, chapters 1-8


Mon 19 March: notecard: Verga, "La Lupa"

Wed 21 March: notecard: Verga, "Cavalleria Rusticana"

Fri 23 March: lecture: 19th-century Italy, history, language, politics

Mon 26 March: notecard: Aleramo, A Woman (first half, chapters 1-11, pages 3-107)

Wed 28 March: lecture: Visual Culture in Modern Italy

Fri 30 March: notecard: Aleramo, A Woman (second half, chapters 12-22, pages 108-219)

Mon 2 April: notecard: Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author

Wed 4 April: crowdsource: 19th/20th-century Italian literature


Mon 9 April: notecard: Sciascia, The Day of the Owl (first half, pages 9-65)

Wed 11 April: lecture: Sciascia

Fri 13 April: notecard: Sciascia, The Day of the Owl (second half, pages 65-120)

Mon 16 April: lecture: contemporaries

Wed 18 April: notecard: Bruck, Who Loves You Like This

Fri 20 April: crowdsource: postwar Italian literature

Mon 23 April: notecard: Murgia, Accabadora (first half, chapters 1-10, pages 1-91)

Wed 25 April: crowdsource: contemporary Italian literature

Fri 27 April: notecard: Murgia, Accabadora (second half, chapters 11-17, pages 93-174)

Mon 30 April: seminar

Wed 2 May: seminar

Fri 4 May: notecard: Lakhous, Clash of Civilizations

Wed 9 May: (0800-1030am) final exam (4337); final term papers due (4399)

syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/4337sp18/4337mainsp18.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.


Most grades will be all-or-nothing, though partial credit is possible. There will be no make-up work.

Final grades will be on the standard 100-point scale (below 60, F; 60-69, D; 70-79, C; 80-89, B; 90-100, A).

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