Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Italian Studies


Italian Studies 398. Experimental Courses

Love and Marriage

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.


Italy and the Transnational Experience

What has propelled Italians to leave Italy over the generations, such as in the great migration of 1880-1920 when over 4 million Italians came to the U.S.? What relationship did these immigrants maintain with their language, their country of origin and their families there? What cultural and intergenerational challenges did they face in the U.S. and in other countries where they settled?

It is estimated that there are now over 4 million immigrants living in Italy. What experiences do immigrants from countries in Central Europe and Africa, for example, have of Italy? What does it mean to be considered an “extracomunitarian”?

This course undertakes an examination of some key contemporary migration experiences through an analysis of literary texts and discussion of sociological, historical and linguistic phenomena.
(The course is conducted in Italian, but some readings may be in English.)