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ITAL 3373 Love, Sexuality, and Gender (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course explores the modern conception of "romantic love" by examining its birth and development in prominent literary works (by men and women) of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We will also investigate allied notions of sexuality, gender, and marriage, in both a heterosexual and same-sex ("homosexual") context. For contrast and comparison, the course begins with a study of the Bible and ancient Greek and Roman texts and ends with a look at the depiction of our themes in contemporary cinema as well as a discussion of the current debate in American society over the nature and purpose of marriage.


Instructor(s): Franco Mormando

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted entirely in English. Elective for Italian major and minor.


Last Updated: 20-Oct-15