Made in Italy

What does it mean to be Italian? What does Italy stand for? This course surveys post-WWII “Made in Italy” traditions, symbols, reputations, and products in their local and global contexts. We examine Italian cities, Renaissance arts, fashion, neorealism, folklore, the Southern Question, fascism, postwar economic boom, gender, gastronomy, life styles, 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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