Crises and Emergencies in Modern Italy|
The COVID-19 pandemic revived a longstanding concern in Italian theory about the relationship between rule of law and state of exception. This course draws upon biopolitics and cultural studies to investigate the relevance and ramifications of the emergency management paradigm in modern Italy. It also provocatively questions an established trend in public discourse, namely the rhetoric of the crisis: "crisi di governo," "crisi di valori," but also "emergenza migratoria," "emergenza ambientale," and so on. Why is Italy constantly in crisis? By relying on various genres of literature and on a wide range of media including films, songs, and social media, we will analyze artistic representations of these crises and emergencies, as well as the state responses to them. The critical exploration of case studies from four interconnected thematic areas revolving around issues of public health, power, body, and space will often unveil diverging narratives, allowing for reflections on the tension between safety and freedom, vulnerability and resistance, individual and collective memory, and truth and fiction.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ITST)(RMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Giorgio Agamben, Francesca Comencini, Sabina Guzzanti, Primo Levi, Giovanna Marini, Franca Rame, Roberto Saviano, Igiaba Scego, Andrea Segre, Paolo Sorrentino.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Discussion questions, presentations, blog posts, collaborative and group activities, papers of increasing length throughout the semester.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Professor Francesco Marco Aresu will be acting on pre-req override requests but will not be the instructor for the course. This course is intended primarily for the following students: those who have a) taken a course at the 200 level; b) who have studied in Italy (for one or two semesters); c) whose experience with Italian is very recent (e.g., studied in Italy during the Fall). This course may be suitable for students who have not completed a course at the 200 level but whose placement exam suggested they should take courses numbered above 112. In the event that a student with advanced reading, writing, and speaking abilities in Italian has not yet completed a course at the 200 level, they will be asked to conduct a brief oral interview with the professor during registration or drop/add. In the event that the student does not meet the prerequisites AND the professor has any doubts as to placement, the professor will ask the student to engage in a brief oral interview.
|Instructor(s): Miglianti,Giovanni Aresu,Francesco Marco Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 12||SR major: 3||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 1||FR: 1|
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