Italian Popular Culture
The Italian works of popular culture studied in this course belong to different media and genres and they have all been produced after the 1870s - that is a time in which technological, economic and social situations allowed the production of mass culture.
The course begins with an introduction to the critical debate on the definition and function of popular and high culture. A reading of the pedagogical novel Pinocchio and the viewing of recent adaptations for cinema and television will follow this.
In addition, detective stories, comic books, fotoromanzi and television series will be analysed in an attempt to answer the questions: Do such popular culture artefacts reconcile their consumers to the status quo by entertaining them? Or do they perform a liberating function?
Not taught in 2022
Readings will be available through CANVAS/Talis.
ITALIAN 333: 15 points
ITALIAN 201 and 15 points from ITALIAN 202, 204, 206, 209, 211, 235, 236