Italy Inside Out: Popular Visual Narratives about Italy (MLI1016)

15 credits

What ideas and images do the words ‘Italy’ and ‘Italian’ conjure up for you? On this module you will explore the pleasures and problems associated with the most popular storylines that circulate within and originate from inside and outside Italy today. By comparing films, television and spatial narratives produced inside and outside Italy around a series of themes (Roman glamour; the Latin Lover; Crime and corruption; Virtual Italies) you will understand more about why certain ideas and stereotypes about Italy are so persistent and compelling, how they travel, and how they are received. No prior study of Italian language required.