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ITAL6624

Italian/American Lit & Film

Italian / American Literature & Film: Production and Representation

This course offers a close look at the printed and celluloid works of some of the more prominent names in twentieth-century Italian/American literature and film. Along with those listed above, and time permitting, we may also see a few films, not made by Italian Americans, about Italian Americans. Along with the usual historical and thematic analyses of these authors’ works, the technique, “intention,” and narrative “responsibility” of the modern/contemporary writer will be examined. Namegly, “How, why, and for whom does one write?” And, if applicable, how do they fit into the modernist vis-à-vis postmodernist discourse.

Required texts: Helen Barolini, Umbertina. Avagliano, 2001 (1979);John Fante, Dago Red. Racconti. Einaudi, 2006; Figli di due mondi, a cura di Francesco Durante. Avagliano, 2002.

Poetry: Dal Po al Potomac: esperienze di poesia e poetica italiana in America, a cura di Luigi Fontanella. Il Grappolo, 1998;
Joseph Tusiani. Il ritorno. Schena, 1992.

Films:
Skyscapers of New York (1905);The Black Hand / (1906);/Il padrino (1972);
L’emigrante (1974);My Name is Tanino (2003); Nuovomondo (2007).

Critical works:
AA. VV. Scene italoamericane: rappresentazioni cinematografiche degli italiani d’America, a cura di Anna Camaiti Hostert e Anthony Julian Tamburri. Sossella, 2002;Luigi Fontanella, La parola transfuga. Scrittori italiani in America. Cadmo, 2003;Paolo Giordano. “Emigranti, espatriati e/o esiliati: italiani e letteratura negli Stati Uniti,” in Lo straniero, a cura di Mario Domenichelli e Pino Fasano. Bulzoni, 1996;Anthony Julian Tamburri, Una semiotica dell’etnicità: nuove segnalature per la scrittura italiano/americana. Franco Cesati Editore, 2010.
Subject:
Italian
Department:
Italian
Division:
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:
Civ Cul & Soc

Sections

Summer 2010

ITAL6624A-L10 Lecture (Tamburri)