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ITAL6576

Faces of Italy:1861 to Present

Faces of Italy: Italian Culture and Society through Literature and Scandals from 1861 to the Present

This course examines the most pressing issue that has confronted Italian society since its Unification: How does one make a nation? If the Italian historical process that led to unification (the Risorgimento) can be read as an unfulfilled revolution (Gramsci), a revolution that failed (Gobetti), or even the fulfillment of noble plans made by enlightened men, animated by a philanthropic spirit (Croce), how can these different ways of reading the nation’s beginnings help us to understand its past, its present, and its future? The course is interdisciplinary: we will place political and historical transformations (from Liberalism, to Fascism, to the Resistance, to the First and Second Republics) in a dialectical relation to the cultural production of an Italy constantly in flux, looking at literature, music and the visual arts as expressions of social change: as reactions for or against the dominant culture. Particular attention will be given to major scandals that have characterized the history of Italy. We will also contextualize the Italian
reality within that of Europe and the rest of the world.

Required texts:
L’Italia spiegata ai ragazzi, A. Nicaso, Pignotti. Mondadori, 2011.

I Segreti d’Italia, di Corrado Augias, Rizzoli, Milano, 2012, ISBN 17060820

La bolla di Componeinda di Andrea Camilleri, Sellerio, Palermo, 1997, 9788838913686
Subject:
Italian
Department:
Italian
Division:
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:

Sections

Summer 2014 Language Schools

ITAL6576A-L14 Lecture (Nicaso)

Summer 2013

ITAL6576A-L13 Lecture (Nicaso)

Summer 2012

ITAL6576A-L12 Lecture (Nicaso)

Summer 2010

ITAL6576A-L10 Lecture (Nicaso)

Summer 2006

ITAL6576A-L06 Lecture (Ferrarese)