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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Italian

Undergraduate Course: Italian Baroque:Literature, Arts and Science (ELCI10029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAccording to semiologist Omar Calabrese, postmodern culture can be described as Neobaroque. If so, what is Baroque and why is it so relevant to our time? Art historian Erwin Panofsky argues that it was essentially an 'Italian phenomenon' and comparatist Mario Praz explains that it put forward a 'new interpretation of the Universe', which marked the beginning of modernity with a new vision of the connections between arts and science. We will examine some of these connections between modern and postmodern age, while challenging the 'great divide' between high and popular culture. From this contemporary and interdisciplinary perspective, we will tackle the meaning of the Baroque style by looking at Bruno's infinite universe and the making of modern science with Galileo, Marino's poetics of the marvellous and Basile's invention of the fairy tale, the birth of opera with Monteverdi and the passionate realism of Caravaggio and Artemisia.
Course description What is Baroque and why is it so relevant to our time?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework - (one essay) - 40% Exam - 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will examine what is Baroque and why is it so relevant to our time.
  2. Students will examine some of the connections between modern and postmodern age, while challenging the 'great divide' between high and popular culture.
  3. Students will tackle the meaning of the Baroque style by looking at Bruno's infinite universe and the making of modern science with Galileo.
  4. Students will also examine Marino's poetics of the marvellous and Basile's invention of the fairy tale, the birth of opera with Monteverdi and the passionate realism of Caravaggio and Artemisia.
Reading List
Primary Reading:
Brigid Brophy, Baroque-n-Roll, in Baroque-'n'-Roll and Other Essays (London: Hamish, 1987), pp. 137-72.
Erwin Panofsky, What is Baroque?, in Three Essays on Style (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995), pp. 17-89.
Giordano Bruno, De gl heroici furori (1585), I.4, II.3.
Giambattista Marino, Adone (1623), Canto V (120-51).
Galileo Galilei, La favola del suono, from Il saggiatore (1623), in Opere, ed. by F. Brunetti, 2 vols (Torino: UTET, 2005), I, 692-94.
Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme liberata (1581), Canto XII (48-70).
Giambattista Basile, La gatta cenerentola, in Lo cunto de li cunti, overo Lo trattenemiento de peccerille (1634), I.6.
Federico Della Valle, Iudit (1627), Prologo, III.4-5, IV.4, IV.7, V.2-3.
Roberto Longhi, Dialogo fra il Caravaggio e il Tiepolo, Paragone Arte, 23 (1951): 57-64.
Anna Banti, Artemisia (Milano: Bompiani, 1947).

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC Baroque
Contacts
Course organiserDr Davide Messina
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Email: D.Messina@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
Email: f.jack@ed.ac.uk
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