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ITA 420 From Novel to Film: From Italian Unification to the Present (3 credits)

This course studies representations of Italian society from unification (1860) to the present in literary works and films. We shall consider films by contemporary Italian filmmakers (Visconti, Damiani, Rosi, fratelli Taviani), and the literary works on which they are based, including works by D’Annunzio, Pirandello, Levi, and Sciascia. While comparing cinematographic and literary techniques, we shall explore ideological and cultural currents, such as Romanticism, Risorgimento, Realism and Neo-realism. Topics discussed will include: the problems of unification; regionalism and separatism between industrial north and rural south; solitude and marginalization; the search for an identity. Conducted in Italian.

Prerequisite ITA 301-302 or permission of the instructor Satisfies the GER/GEP Art/Literature requirement.