ITALIAN 270 - Italian Literature and Culture
Section: 001 Contemporary Italian Culture through Literature and Media
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Class Misc Info:
The class is taught in Italian.
Advisory Prerequisites:
ITALIAN 230, 232, or 233.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Intensive study of Italian contemporary culture through literature and different media, providing an introduction to the methods and practice of cultural study in the Italian language curriculum and opportunities for development of linguistic proficiency beyond the fourth term level.

This course provides the students with an overview of the major trends and movements in Italian history and culture since the Fascist era and during the following sixty years of Democracy.

  • When studying Fascism, the students will deal in particular with the women's condition in the fascist society, with the persecution of Jews, and with partisan resistance during the Second World War.
  • With regards to the democratic period, the students will look at the post-war economical and social reconstruction of Italy.

This course concentrates also on questions related to demands for and responses to social and class changes such as 1960's students' movements as well as the nation-wide terrorism of the 1970's and 1980's. In relation to the resurgence of political violence in the new millennium, this course will focus on the impact of this traumatic collective experience on cinematic and fictional narratives.

The course deals also with issues that involves the relationship between the North and the South, with a specific look at migration (immigration vs. emigration) phenomena up to its current reversing trend, and the hidden and yet powerful role of the Mafia and the resistance against it.

After investigating how Italy has been transformed by the enormous influence of private television in the Berlusconi era, students will tackle the emergent issue of the precarious and problematic situation of Italian workers, especially women, in the current post-industrial society.

With the support of readings from the course text and from Ctools, excerpts from films and documentaries, and audio material, students will obtain a new perspective on contemporary Italy and on the tools available to research it. Grading is based on active class participation, three papers, as well as daily homework assignments (readings and course web site posts) and a final class presentation.

ITALIAN 270 - Italian Literature and Culture
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001 (REC)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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