ITALIAN 359 - Italian Culture and History
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Italian is not required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s).
Meet Together Classes:
Primary Instructor:

Screening Italian Americans looks at the long history of representations of Italian-Americans in American cinema and television. We will study the history of this tradition from The Black Hand (1906), the first gangster film, through superstar Rodolfo Valentino's 1920's romantic plots, the early 1930's classic gangster movies, the family melodramas of the 1950s and 1960s, and into the 1990s and 2000s, with filmic and televisual off-springs of The Godfather (1972) such as Goodfellas (1990), The Sopranos (1999-2007), and Jersey Shore (2009-). We will examine such cinematic issues as racial and gender typecasting, racial mimesis, and the role of violence, sexuality, and melodrama as popular vectors of visual and narrative entertainment.

ITALIAN 359 - Italian Culture and History
Schedule Listing
201 (REC)
Tu 12:00PM - 6:00PM
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