Italian Culture and the Wider World

What does it mean to be Italian? What does Italy stand for? This course surveys “Made in Italy” traditions, symbols, and products in their local and global contexts. We examine Italian cities, Renaissance arts, fashion, neorealism, folklore, Southern Question, fascism, postwar economic boom, gender, gastronomy, life style, organized crime, and music in relation to forms of mobility, including wars, artistic movements, tourism, diaspora, colonialism, immigration, and refugees. The course gives students a foundational knowledge of modern and contemporary Italian culture. The language of instruction is English. No prior knowledge is required. Students from any discipline are welcome.

Required readings:

A list of required readings and films will be included in the course syllabus.

Prerequisite: None

Language of instruction: English

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