Traveling in Italian Film (ITA4401.01)

Barbara Alfano

In Italian culture, as it happens for every culture, the idea of travel is deeply connected to the country’s 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 cinematic narratives, is the mirror sending back surprising images, disclosing secrets, or repeating stereotypes? And what is the place of migration in and out of Italy, in Italian film? We will look at very different voyages whose points of departure are often rooted in the intricacies of Italian regional and local specificities. 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 level.



Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Entirely remote (synchronous)
Prerequisites:Three full semesters of Italian at Bennington; or permission by the instructor.
Corequisites: Attending two events of the Cultural Studies and Languages Series.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Entirely Remote , Film and Video , Italian
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