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ITAL-394 Italian Americans: Language Literature and Cinema
Spring for 2014-2015
Faculty:
  • De Fina, Anna
  • Between 1880 and 1930 more than three million Italians left their country of origin to migrate to the United States. The experience of migration and of settling into a new land has marked the life of generations of Italian Americans. However, the history of this exodus, the struggles of the peoples that participated in it and the culture that they generated has only recently received the attention that it deserves both in Italy and in the United States. The main objective of this course is to fill this gap by offering students a glimpse of the Italian American experience. The course will provide the opportunity to acquire general information on Italian migration to the United States, but also to reflect on and discuss salient aspects of the literature, cinema and language of Italian Americans. In particular, students will read and discuss some of the most important literary works (from both Italian and Italian American authors) that depict the early years of the migratory movement and the clash between different generations. They will reflect on and discuss how Italian Americans are portrayed in movies and television series such as the Sopranos. In addition, they will become acquainted with the evolution of Italian dialects in the United States and with the trajectory of Italian as a second and foreign language in the country. Central to these readings and discussions will be the question of Italian American identity and how perceptions about it have evolved both in Italy and in the United States. Course conducted in English. This course satisfies one semester of the College Social Science General Education Requirement.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None

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    ITAL-394-01 Italian Americans: Language Literature and Cinema
    Spring for 2014-2015
    Faculty:
  • De Fina, Anna
  • Between 1880 and 1930 more than three million Italians left their country of origin to migrate to the United States. The experience of migration and of settling into a new land has marked the life of generations of Italian Americans. However, the history of this exodus, the struggles of the peoples that participated in it and the culture that they generated has only recently received the attention that it deserves both in Italy and in the United States. The main objective of this course is to fill this gap by offering students a glimpse of the Italian American experience. The course will provide the opportunity to acquire general information on Italian migration to the United States, but also to reflect on and discuss salient aspects of the literature, cinema and language of Italian Americans. In particular, students will read and discuss some of the most important literary works (from both Italian and Italian American authors) that depict the early years of the migratory movement and the clash between different generations. They will reflect on and discuss how Italian Americans are portrayed in movies and television series such as the Sopranos. In addition, they will become acquainted with the evolution of Italian dialects in the United States and with the trajectory of Italian as a second and foreign language in the country. Central to these readings and discussions will be the question of Italian American identity and how perceptions about it have evolved both in Italy and in the United States. Course conducted in English. This course satisfies one semester of the College Social Science General Education Requirement.
    Credits: 3
    Prerequisites: None
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