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 20th-centruy Italian literature and cinema focusing on the way in which novels, poems and films recorded the spatial and environmental changes that affected the Italian landscape. The course will focus on four different spaces: Rome, Milan, Naples and the Italian countryside. For example, we will discuss Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film Accattone in relation to the violent urban politics carried out in Rome during the fascist period; Michelangelo Antonioni’s Il deserto rosso in relation to the economic boom of the 1960s; Italo Calvino’s Le città invisibili in relation to Italy’s shift towards a postmodern society in the 1970s and 1980s; and Elena Ferrante’s novels L’amica geniale in relation to the social changes which affected the city of Naples in the postwar period.

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