ITAL138AA: Cultural Representations in Italy

From Las Vegas to Eataly, from neorealism to reality TV, what is it about Italy that lends itself to such cultural fascination and extensive reproduction? Our course explores the idea of the “real” throughout modern Italian literature and cinema. We examine concepts like authenticity, copy and original, representation, and reality, and in doing so, test the ideas of “Italy” and the “real” themselves.