The Birth of the Italian Cool

FRIT-M222 — Fall 2021

Days and Times
MW 1:10 - 2:50P, 2nd 8 weeks
Course Description

Instructor: Andrea Ricci

Fulfills GenEd World Cultures and A&H requirements. 

Italian style, in various aspects of worldwide culture, art and even products of manufacturing industries and urban historical centers, has often been regarded as a leading example of quality, aesthetic value, allure, beauty and fascination. In this course, we will analyze this phenomenon, and identify the historical roots of these peculiarities of Italian culture and society, especially focusing on the post-WWII period. Through the vision of a number of masterpieces of Italian cinema, documentaries about the top producers of design, fashion and car industry, and historical or theoretical readings on the birth and the development of Italian style, students will understand the signs and value of this rather singular phase. Some of the negative by-products of the quick industrialization of Italian society in the 1950/80 period will also be considered through a brief overview of regional criminality and the reading of Leonardo’Sciascia’s novel “To Each His Own”.


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