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Section 301 - SEM
SECTION 301: FOOD IN ITALIAN CULTURE: FROM COURT BANQUESTS TO FOOD TRUCKS. “Mangia, mangia!” is an expression commonly associated with the American stereotype of Italians. But is the perceived Italian love of food the same in the United States and in Italy? Is it an issue of quantity or quality? Of socio-economics, politics, education …? Global, local or maybe, glocal? In this course, we will explore the role of food in Italian culture and in the shaping of the Italic identity, in Italy and abroad. We will trace its evolution through literary documents, works of art, music and film, as well as family recipes and cooking tools; from Dante and Boccaccio to Stanley Tucci’s Big Night; from court banquets to food trucks. This is an OBL (Object Based Learning) Course and will include class visits to the Penn Museum and to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. This course will be taught in English. Reading materials and writing assignments will be provided in Italian for students pursuing a Major or Minor in Italian Studies who need to satisfy the requirement of a 300 level course taught in Italian.
TR 1200PM-0130PM
Section 401 - SEM
SECTION 401: GLOBAL ITALY: MIGRATIONS IN 20th & 21st CENTURY ITALIAN CULTURE. How does Tarantino’s Django Unchained rewrite the Italian Spaghetti Western? How have such TV series as Breaking Bad influenced contemporary Italian films? How are Italian mafia movies, such as Matteo Garrone’s Gomorrah, different from the Italian-American classic The Godfather? By addressing these questions and others, this course aims to uncover what I call “global Italy,” namely what Italy is and what Italy has become in a globalized world. Through our discussion of various Italian cultural forms we will engage topics related to the transnational currency of cinema and literature and how they constitute migrating identities along lines of gender, sexuality, and nationality. We will consider such filmmakers as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, and Quentin Tarantino, several migrant writers, and such theorists as feminist Rosi Braidotti. Our ultimate goal will be to use Italy and its porous boundaries as a case study in the challenges to articulate a national identity in a world that is increasingly fast-paced and globalized.
R 0300PM-0600PM