Elgin K. Eckert - Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University
M.A. in Classical Philology from Harvard University
B.A. in Classics from Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Teaching since 2001
My background is in Italian literature and cultural studies. I am most interested in how cultural identity and cultural memory come across in (contemporary) narrative fiction. Most of my recent publications focus on the way identity and memory are represented in Italian crime fiction.
I believe very strongly in an interdisciplinary approach. Many of the courses I teach are hybrid courses: one course for example looks at narrative from both a visual (film) as well as a verbal (literature) point of view, comparing and contrasting these two forms of expression. Another course analyzes the mafia in Italy and the United States from both a historical and cinematic angle – the aim in that course is to identify stereotypes, myths, and legends created by fictional portrayals of Cosa nostra through a careful study of the historical phenomenon and its impact on society.
In my courses I tend to review basic concepts (such as cinematic techniques or narrative voice) in order to give a basic background to all students, even those who might never have taken a film studies or literature course before. I then go on to challenge my students to apply the basic concepts and start to analyze the primary sources (literary, cinematic or historical) in order to have them arrive at realizing how the issues examined in class have a broader implication on their own lives and beyond.
Elgin K. Eckert’s academia.edu profile
- HSIT 360: A History of Italian Immigration: Contributing to the American Identity
- HSIT 380i: Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History of the (Anti)Mafia
- HSIT 380: Cosa Nostra: Cinema and History of the (Anti)Mafia
- THIT 380: Italian Cinema: 1945 to the Present
- ISLI 498: Storia della lingua italiana / History of the Italian Language
- ISLI 330i: A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature
- THIT 350i: Blockbusters and Bestsellers: Italian Cinema and Literature of the 21st Century
- ISLI 330: A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature
- THIT 350: Blockbusters and Bestsellers: Italian Cinema and Literature of the 21st Century
- THIT 360: Mafia, Murder, and Mystery: Crime in Italian and American Cinema and Literature (Summer)
- ISRM 400: Research Writing and Methodology