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New Course: Surviving Fascism, Jewish Life in Italy before and after the War

ITAL 280

Instructor: Rodica Blumenfeld

What did it mean to be a Jew in Italy during the dark decades of Mussolini’s rule? In this course we study the socio-cultural history and historiography of Italian Fascism and Nazi camps, asking how memory and resistance play a paradoxical role in Italian-Jewish literature and Italian cinema in relation to the Holocaust. By employing various theories of the Other, we examine the Jewish “catastrophe” through close readings of Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, and Giorgio Bassani, and through in-depth analysis of cinematic works by Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Lina Wertmüller, and others.

Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-2:45

Fall 2018

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In English.

May be counted towards the Italian major