ITALIAN 320 - Modern Italian Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Italy in Camicia Nera
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Italian (ITALIAN)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
ITALIAN 230, 232, 233, or 410.
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‘Fascism’ is a word widely used in today’s public rhetoric. The origin of the word comes from Italy, specifically from the interwar years and the regime that ruled the Belpaese from 1922 to 1943. While the Fascist regime ended in 1943, it left a deep mark on Italian culture and society. The course will introduce Fascist ideology and how it impacted (and changed) not only Italy and its people, but also the image of Italy (and the Italians) abroad. What did it mean to be a ‘Fascist’? Did Fascism achieve its goal of ‘making the Italians’? Did Mussolini manage to create the New Man and the New Woman? Through different sources, including literary texts, propaganda, and films, we will investigate how Fascism portrayed itself, how it was received in Italy and abroad, and how it was reinterpreted and portrayed after its fall. Starting from works by Margherita Sarfatti, Giorgio Bassani, Luigi Zampa, and Ettore Scola up to recent contributions by Rosetta Loy, Corrado Guzzanti, and Luca Miniero, we will address (self)representations of Fascist Italy and explore the dark side of italianità.


ITALIAN 320 - Modern Italian Studies
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001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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