Class Restriction And Registration Summary


ROIT 30613 - Section 01: Italy and Islam (CRN 32367)
Long Title: Italy and Islam: Cultural Encounters from Dante to Today

Course Description:
The class will explore the representation of Islam and Muslims in Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present, and will investigate how the perception of Islam has influenced and shaped the Italian identity. The course will start with an examination of the representation of the Islamic "other" in medieval Italian literature, especially in Dante's Divine Comedy and Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. Besides literature, we will also explore the impact of medieval Islamic architecture in Southern Italy, especially in Sicily. We will then deal with the Italian Renaissance and analyze both the relationship between Christian and Muslim characters in epic poems by authors such as Ludovico Ariosto and Torquato Tasso, and the representation of the mori ("Moors") in some of the most relevant Italian paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries. We will then investigate nineteenth-century Italian culture, through the analysis of some influential lyric operas of the time. Finally, we will deal with the representation of the relationship between Italians and Muslims in 20th- and 21st-century Italian films and narratives by directors and writers such as Mohsen Melliti, Igiaba Scego, and Amara Lakhous. Students will appreciate how Islam has deeply influenced Italian culture and how Italy, a center of Mediterranean culture, has been meaningfully linked with Islam throughout the centuries. Students will develop an understanding of Italy in a global context thereby increasing their intercultural competency. Taught in English.

Associated Term: Spring Semester 2021
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Course Syllabus
ROIT 30613 Italy and Islam

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  Graduate Non-Degree (GD) ,  Holy Cross College (HC) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
Main (M)

Course Attributes:
LIT - old Core Literature ,  OLH-Hybrid Online(20-74 prcnt) ,  WKLI - new Core Literature ,  ZTST - Final exam

Registration Availability (Overflow: Off )
  Maximum Actual Remaining
TOTAL 1 1 0

Crosslist Information
Class Information Maximum Actual Remaining
LLRO  30613 01, CRN 32366  (Primary) 13 2 11
ROIT  30613 01, CRN 32367   1 1 0
Total 14 3 11