La famiglia: Literary Portrayals of the Modern Italian Family (ITA4610.01)

Barbara Alfano

In Italy, no other institution has been credited as much as the family for keeping the country afloat during periods of financial decay, and cursed, at the same time, for hindering the country’s social progress. Three short novels will guide us in the exploration of the modern Italian family: Melania Mazzucco’s Sei come sei, Elena Ferrante’s I giorni dell’abbandono, and Domenico Starnone’s Lacci. Students will expand their knowledge of Italian literature, culture, and history while improving their critical analysis, writing, and research skills. They will tackle Italian advanced grammar and syntax, and write longer essays thus progressing towards proficiency. Conducted in Italian. Intermediate-high and advanced levels combined.

Corequisites: Language Series

Prerequisites: Four Terms of Italian; or, permission by the instructor. To register for this course please email the instructor at
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00-11:50
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
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