Italian Studies 298. Experimental Courses
Introduction to Italian Cinema
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of Italian cinema and of its most significant movements, authors and genres. By discussing and analyzing the evolution and eventual dissolution of Italian Neorealism, we will see how both art film and popular cinema reflect the radical changes in post WWII Italian society and how those changes contributed to the development of a new aesthetics of film as well as to a new definition of Italian cultural identity. By the end of the semester students will be able to both place a film in its historical context and to analyze it through a close reading of its audio-visual elements and its narrative structure.
Food in the Italian Imagination
An interdisciplinary journey through Italian history, geography, literature and culture to uncover the paradox of Italy’s relationship with food, a paradox marked by hunger and abundance, simplicity and art. We will study food as culinary tradition, as political tool, as charged artistic and literary sign. Readings will be drawn from Artusi’s classic Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, as well as Boccaccio’s Decameron, Calvino’s Under the Jaguar Sun and Clara Sereni’s Keepin House: A Novel in Recipes. Discussions will include the “Slow Food” movement, the translation of the Italian culinary tradition into U.S. culture, and contemporary shifts in Italian eating patterns as a result of globalization.
Conducted in Italian.
Prerequisite: ITAS 200 or permission of the instructor.
Love and Marriage: Cultural and Gender Anxiety in Modern Italian Literature and Film
This course explores representations of love and marriage in modern Italian literature and cinema. Through a diverse sample of “high” and popular culture, from 19th century romantic novels to 20th century gothic films, we will examine the cultural and gender anxiety produced by the urbanization process, social change and women’s emancipation in modern Italy. (Taught in English).