Italian Fiction and Cinema (Texts in English)
A study of Italian novels, short stories and their adaptation in feature films. Texts are in English.
This course does not count towards a major or minor in Italian. Students taking an Italian major or minor should take ITALIAN 204 instead.
All too often fidelity to an original literary text is used as a criterion for judging the value of its film adaptation. This course questions the value of fidelity as criterion by examining the process of transformation of some modern Italian literary texts into feature films.
We will consider how adaptation allows a film to successfully present the otherness and distinctiveness of its original text, bearing in mind the different narrative functions and codes of novels and film. The intellectual and social milieus in which these literary works and films were produced will also be considered.
Not taught in 2022
Readings will be made available on CANVAS
Films can be viewed in the Library.
ITALIAN 232: 15 points
90 points passed
ITALIAN 204, 336