ITALIAN CITYSCAPES: SPACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM ANTONIONI TO FERRANTE

Elective Courses

CIMS 300 - ITALIAN CITYSCAPES: SPACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM ANTONIONI TO FERRANTE

ITAL 300
401 |SEM |Filippo Trentin |MW 2-3:30pm |FBH 138

This course will introduce students to Italian literature and cinema, exploring how novels, poems and films recorded the spatial and environmental changes that affected the Italian landscape during the 20th-century. At the center of this course is the relationship between urban changes and artistic form. The course will focus on five different locations: 1. The Italian South and the emergence of the anthropological novel in Carlo Levis’ Christ Stopped at Eboli; 2. Postwar Rome and the emergence of neorealist cinema and literature; 3. Climate change and the industrialization of the Italian North in the 1960s in the "environmental cinema" of Michelangelo Antonioni; 4. The rise of the detective novel in 1960s Milan through Scerbanenco’s short stories and the appearance of the poliziottesco film genre; 5. Postmodernism and Italy’s shift towards a post-industrial society in the 1970s in the work of Italo Calvino. This course is taught in English. No previous knowledge of the subject or language skills are required.

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