Italian Culture and the Wider World
Italy is renowned for its multifaceted culture. Italian culture involves organized crimes but also fashion and design. Tourism and migrations in and out of Italy equally influence the country’s cultural identities. This course introduces these fascinating aspects about post-WWII Italian culture by examining its local specificity and its influence on other parts of the world. We will also discuss how world events shaped Italian culture. Students will learn to place contemporary Italian literature, cinema, and culture in their socio-historical and political contexts. The language of instruction is English. No prior knowledge is required. Students from any discipline are welcome.
A sample of required films and novels
The Godfather (Coppola)
Divorce, Italian Style (Germi)
Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (Lakhous)
The Path to the Spiders’ Nets (Calvino)
Language of instruction: English