Contemporary Italian Cultural Identities: Self and Society in Flux|
How do Italians' conceptions of themselves and their cultural identities respond to the struggle between the local and the global? How do Italians preserve and/or challenge a sense of themselves while moving forward within a European and transnational framework? How have cultural representations (films, novels, short stories, plays) testified to changes in and pressures on contemporary Italian society? These are some of the questions we will pursue in a study of Italian cultural identities in the age of the "post" nation. In an effort to better understand how categories of cultural identity--family, class, gender, sexual orientation, politics, and religion--function in the contemporary Italian context, we will compare and contrast official discourses (legal and academic documents and texts) with their unofficial counterparts (literary, cinematic, and mediatic representations). Insofar as community forms the individual's gateway to the world, our focus on these group formations will help us evaluate the evolving relationship between self and society in a fluid and evolving historical context. This class is conducted in Italian.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Libro di letture
Agus, MAL DI PIETRE
Baliani, Pinocchio nero
Chohra, VOLEVO DIVENTARE BIANCA
Comencini, Carlo Giuliani, ragazzo
Manni, Elvjs e Merilyn
Martone, L'amore molesto
Ozpetek, Bagno turco
Pilati, MINCHIA DI RE
Tabucchi, LA TESTA PERDUTA DI DAMASCENO MONTEIRO
|Examination and Assignments: |
Brief written assignments daily, discussion questions, presentations, short papers, oral final exam to be given during the exam period.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is intended for students who have taken either Italian 221 and/or 222, or another advanced course in Italian, or have spent at least one semester on the ECCO program in Bologna. Please refer any questions concerning eligibility and placement to the professor.
|Instructor(s): Nerenberg,Ellen Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK101; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 7||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 1||SO: 3||FR: 0|