ITAL 6576

Faces of Italy:1861 to Present

Faces of Italy: Italian Culture and Society Through 1861 to the Present
This course delves into the fundamental question that has shaped Italian society since its Unification: How does one build a nation? Students will analyze divergent interpretations of this process by exploring Italian history, particularly the Risorgimento. Whether viewed as an unfinished revolution (Gramsci), a failed endeavour (Gobetti), or even the fulfillment of noble plans made by enlightened men animated by a philanthropic spirit (Croce), understanding these differing perspectives sheds light on Italy's past, present, and future.
Interdisciplinary in nature, the course examines political and historical shifts, spanning from Liberalism to Fascism, the Resistance, and the First and Second Republics. Students will analyze the transformations in dialectical relation to Italy's cultural production, including literature, music, and visual arts. These artistic expressions reflect societal changes, whether embracing or resisting the prevailing cultural norms.
Moreover, the course situates the Italian experience within the broader context of Europe and the global community, facilitating a nuanced understanding of Italy's place. Through a comprehensive exploration of literature and film, students will gain insight into the multifaceted facets of Italian identity and the complexities of nation-building in a constantly evolving society.
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:
Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Sections in Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

ITAL6576A-L15 Lecture (Nicaso)