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UNO ROME 2018

SUMMER 2018 COURSE OFFERINGS

Class Number Class Title
ENGL 2090 The Roman World In Literature and Film
ENGL 2090 Special Topics in Literature: Italian Travel Narratives
FA 1010 Art Appreciation
FA 1060 Intro to Drawing

Summer 2018 Course Descriptions


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ENGL 2090

The Roman World in Literature and Film

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Class Instructor: Dr. Lisa Verner

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Description.Recently--and not so recently--the viewing public has been bombarded with cinematic renderings of the classical world. Whereas films such as Gladiator set records at the box office, regrettably few viewers go to the trouble of familiarizing themselves with the rich store of literature that serves as inspiration for these blockbusters and to a large extent as the basis for the study of Western civilization itself. This course sets out to fill the gap between celluloid depictions of antiquity and the literary heritage of the Roman world. We will examine how contemporary film understands and presents the past, to what extent films based in antiquity are disconnected from the stories and historical issues that inspired them, and what connections might exist and how those connections might help us better understand both classical literature and modern film. In order to achieve these objectives, students will develop an understanding of Roman literature and culture, which will in turn serve as the basis for understanding how modern culture has re-visioned the ancient world. This will be accomplished through close reading of classical epic, history, and poetry with emphasis on historical context; study of select critical materials on the subject of antiquity in film; the viewing of modern cinematic re-visions; and class discussion of all these materials.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Plautus. Three Comedies: "Miles Gloriosus," "Pseudolus," "Rudens." Trans. Peter L. Smith. Ithaca, New York: Cornell UP, 1991. ISBN 978-080149594.

From Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, on the MIT Classics website, available at: http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html
From Appian, The Civil Wars, book one, section XIV:
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Appian/Civil_Wars/1*.html

From Cassius Dio, Roman History, Epitome of Book 73 (on Commodus):
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Cassius_Dio/73*.html

Chapters on Julius Caesar and Augustus from Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars online at the University of Chicago’s Penelope website:
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Suetonius/12Caesars/Julius*.html

FILMS: We will view the following films:
Gladiator
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Rome (select episodes from the first season of the HBO series)

 


 

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ENGL 2090

Special Topics in Literature: Italian Travel Narratives

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Class Instructor: Dr. Lisa Verner

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Description.This course will explore the joys, pitfalls, and insights of travel through a survey of travel narratives about Italy. We will consider the challenges of rendering one’s experience of travel, complete with its discoveries and aggravation, into entertaining and expressive prose through an examination and critique of an assortment of travel narratives that take Italy as their subject. We will discuss the impact of history, politics and gender on the authors’ narratives, and we will pay particular attention to the tendency towards romanticism and stereotyping often indulged in by Anglo authors writing about Italy. In addition to written works, we will also consider two cinematic narratives, paying particular attention to the ways that visual texts influence perception of travel. The course will require two papers and a final exam, each of which will constitute 30% of the student’s grade; class participation will make up the remaining 10% of the grade.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome, ISBN 978-1416573166, but students are also welcome to use Kindle and Itunes versions (it's available on both).

2. Jan Morris, Venice, Faber & Faber; 3rd Edition (October 7, 2004) ISBN 978-0571168972--this is the edition I am using, but as it's a difficult book to track down, they are welcome to use earlier editions or the Itunes edition. It's not available on Kindle.

3. All other material will be emailed as pdfs.

Cinematic Texts:

A Room with a View, director James Ivory, 1985.
The Trip to Italy, director Michael Winterbottom, 2014.



 

 

 

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FA 1010

Art Appreciation

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Class Instructor: Kathy Rodriguez

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An introduction to art in which the visual elements and principles are examined through a study of the key monuments in the history of art from cave paintings to the present. Important styles of painting, sculpture, architecture, and twentieth century media are explored with attention to the personalities of the artists and the cultures in which they lived.

As this class is in Rome, special attention will be made to Renaissance and Classical Roman art as well as contemporary Italian art. We will visit the major museums and galleries in Rome and Florence, seeing arguably the greatest works of art ever made.

Book: TBA

 

 

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FA 1060

Intro to Drawing

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Class Instructor: Kathy Rodriguez

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Description. Offered each semester. An introduction to basic drawing concepts and media. Six hours of studio work. Being in Rome would certainly be an opportunity to teach students the fundamentals of drawing in the midst of the art of the masters. Art students going back to the Renaissance have drawn figure studies from antiquity, studying anatomy from works of genius, which are both humbling and inspiring. Field trips for life drawing exercises and studio set up for drawing fundamentals will be used.

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