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.