Undergraduate Course: Italian Baroque:Literature, Arts and Science (ELCI10029)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||According 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.
What is Baroque and why is it so relevant to our time?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework - (one essay) - 40% Exam - 60%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will examine what is Baroque and why is it so relevant to our time.
- Students will examine some of the connections between modern and postmodern age, while challenging the 'great divide' between high and popular culture.
- Students will tackle the meaning of the Baroque style by looking at Bruno's infinite universe and the making of modern science with Galileo.
- 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.
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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Davide Messina
|Course secretary||Miss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635