This hybrid literature/cinema course provides an in-depth examination of some of the last three decade’s most popular Italian films and novels, systematically exploring various genres such as comedy, drama, mystery, historical, and epic.
Key topics of Italian history, culture and society will be explored through an analysis of the selected literary and cinematic works. The course will focus on a careful analysis of cinematic and narrative techniques as well as literary and cinematic genre criticism.
In this course, you will:
- Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary Italian literature and cinema;
- Acquire a sufficient appreciation of the representation of contemporary Italy in written and cinematic popular culture;
- Be able to discuss key issues of literature and film theory with a certain depth and sophistication;
- Become familiar with basic cinematic techniques;
- Critically analyze different genres of films according to their typologies;
- Be able to relate films to their specific sociological and historical contexts.
i-Course: This course includes an additional one-credit Italian language section for a total of 4 credits. Please note: Only students with an intermediate Italian proficiency level (one year of college level Italian or more) are eligible to enroll in THIT 350i with the additional Italian component. Please click here to find out more!
- Francesco Albanese: Benvenuti al Sud (Welcome to the South)
- Roberto Benigni: Il mostro
- marco Bellocchio: Buongiorno, notte (Goodmorning, Night)
- Bernardo Bertolucci: Io e te (You and Me)
- Saverio Costanzo: The Solitude of Prime Numbers
- Marco Tullio Giordana: I cento passi (One Hundred Steps)
- Marco Tullio Giordana: La meglio gioventù (The Best of Youth)
- Aberto Sironi: Excursion to Tindari
- Giuseppe Tornatore: Novecento
- Ricky Tognazzi: Excellent Cadavers
- Niccolò Ammaniti: You and Me (Io e te)
- Alessandro Barrico: Novecento
- Andrea Camilleri: Excursion to Tindari
- Paolo Giordano: The Solitude of Prime Numbers
A reader containing select articles from academic journals and books