In Italian culture, as it happens for every culture, the idea of travel is deeply connected to the countryʹs social and historical contexts, and to the questioning of personal identity. In this respect, travel becomes a mirror for the traveler. In the case of Italian narratives, is the mirror sending back surprising images, disclosing secrets, or repeating stereotypes? Focusing on cultural and personal identity, this course will explore travel narratives in modern and classic Italian film. Through class discussion in the form of debates, students will further improve their ability to express abstract thought in Italian. Writing skills will be developed through weekly analytical short assignments that will mark the transition from simple paragraph level discourse to the production of more complex/complete texts. A final project will cap the work done during the term. This class meets twice a week; however, students will be required to watch Italian films outside of class regularly. Conducted in Italian. Intermediate‐low level.
Corequisite: Students must attend at least two Language Series events (Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)