Forget about the Godfather; who is Federico Fellini? This course offers a brief chronological survey of renowned Italian films and directors as well as exemplars of popular cinema that enjoyed box office success abroad. We will explore the themes and cinematic style of Neorealism and the 'generational' waves of those directors who followed in its wake, including Fellini. Students will watch the films in original language with English subtitles. This course is of interest to movie buffs and history students alike. The course counts toward the Italian minor.
I was as an undergraduate at Cornell University and studied Italian in graduate school, first at Johns Hopkins and then at Yale University where I received my Master's in Italian. At SMU, I teach Italian language and WLL literature courses in English. While my specialty is medieval literature, I also teach courses on the modern novel (1860 to 1950). I taught a course on Dante's Inferno during J Term 2011.
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