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Magnanini, Suzanne Associate Professor

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Research

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  • My research has focused on the early modern Italian fairy tale and its relationship to the discourses of monstrosity, science, and gender. Currently, I am working on two projects. The first, examines the ways in which Post-Tridentine Censorship shaped the Italian fairy tale tradition. The second explores the intersection of emotions (love), literature, and the law for a monograph tentatively titled 'Love on Trial in Renaissance Italy.' I am particularly interested in the ways that a new information technology (printing) shaped the discourse on love and the law. I am also active as a translator and editor of early modern Italian texts, most recently working on Italian popular texts in verse, published between 1480 and 1650.

keywords

  • Italian fairy tales, early modern Italian women writers, monstrosity, gender in the Renaissance, literature and the law, translation and editing of early modern Italian texts, pedagogy,digital humanities

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Teaching

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  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.
  • HUMN 4150 - Boccaccio's Decameron: Tales of Sex and Death in the Middle Ages
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Studies Boccaccio's masterpiece, the Decameron, as emblematic of the post-Black Plague era in the late Middle Ages. Focuses on the art of storytelling through gendered perspectives to portray the complexity of the Middle Ages. Taught in English. Same as ITAL 4150.
  • ITAL 1300 - La Dolce Vita: How to Live a Good Life, Italian Style
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Introduces students to a critical appraisal of the Humanities in their world. Because the Humanities were rediscovered in the late Middle Ages in Italy, the course explores the Humanities from an Italian-centered perspective, though it broadens the scope of its analysis to make this perspective relevant for students who come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
  • ITAL 2271 - Space, Invention, and Wonder in Fairy Tales, Literature and Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the themes of space, invention, technology and wonder in fairy tales from Italian, Russian, French, German, and Spanish traditions in order to compare their transformation in different national and historical settings. Students analyze the intersection of fairy tales and science in literature and film. Counts for the Space Minor. Taught in English. Same as RUSS 2271.
  • ITAL 3160 - Literary and Artistic Cultures in Italy 1: 1200-1800
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Uses literary masterpieces as springboard to explore the literature, visual arts, film, theater, and music produced in Italy from 1200 to 1800 in its cultural and historical context. Emphasizes interpretation and critical analysis of major cultural figures, artistic forms, and ideas of the period. Includes hands-on work with texts and arts from the period. Taught in Italian.
  • ITAL 4150 - Boccaccio's Decameron: Tales of Sex and Death in the Middle Ages
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies Boccaccio's masterpiece, the Decameron, as emblematic of the post-Black Plague era in the late Middle Ages. Focuses on the art of storytelling through gendered perspectives to portray the complexity of the Middle Ages. Taught in English. Same as HUMN 4150.
  • ITAL 4600 - Once Upon a Time in Italy
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Examines the evolution of the Italian fairy tale from the 1500s to the 2000s in literature, theater, and film. Considers the tales and their authors in their social-historical context.
  • ITAL 4990 - Senior Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Preparation of a 15-page research paper in Italian presented to two members of the faculty and defended orally in class.
  • RUSS 2271 - Space, Invention, and Wonder in Fairy Tales, Literature and Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the themes of space, invention, technology and wonder in fairy tales from Italian, Russian, French, German, and Spanish traditions in order to compare their transformation in different national and historical settings. Students analyze the intersection of fairy tales and science in literature and film. Counts for the Space Minor. Taught in English. Same as ITAL 2271.

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