Faces of Italy:1861 to 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.
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