Pasquale Verdicchio Spring CoursesLTIT 137 (A) - STUDIES IN MODERN ITALIAN PROSE
Migrating Narratives& the Cultures of E/Im-migration
Instructor: Pasquale Verdicchio
This course will consider the phenomena of emigration and immigration within the Italian context. Millions of Italians migrated to distant parts of the globe soon after the establishment of Italian nationhood. Was this merely a coincidence or the effect of the selective and exclusive processes by which nations establish their identity and citizenship? Today, after having paid little attention to its own history of emigration, Italy is the point of arrival for immigrants coming from other parts of the world. The ignorance regarding its own history has had detrimental effects on Italians’ relationships with their new fellow citizens, even as the numbers of Italians emigrating continue to be higher than those of foreigners immigrating to Italy. We will look at some of the causes and effects of emigration and immigration, the response to the influx of immigrants, at the writings of Italians abroad and the writings of new Italians, and view a couple of films that attempt to draw attention to the questions of immigration and diversity.
LTWL 165 - LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This course should appeal to anyone interested in the literary history of environmental writing and issues, in other words, to students of environmental studies and social sciences in addition to literature majors. We will explore the vital relationship between literature and environmental values, and attempt to explain how literary interpretations of the land have influenced attitudes toward nonhuman nature. Writers have been consistently concerned with, and inspired by, the idea of wilderness as our culture moved from notions of a hostile wilderness, to the Transcendentalist vision of divine nature, to contemporary nature-writers' concern with imperiled ecosystems. Course will include readings of work by Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Barry Lopez and Aldo Leopold.