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Rome, Italy

Topics in Italian Cinema and Literature: Italian Culture through Film (in Italian)

Global Temple Conference

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Fall 2023
Spring 2024
Spring 2023
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This course is designed to deepen understanding of Italian culture, ethnicity, and universal themes as they are portrayed in Italian film and literature. It explores commonality and difference between two different forms of creative expression, in particular novels that were then adapted for film, as well as works of authors and filmmakers that are not directly linked. Although taught in English, the analysis of film dialogues enhances the student’s linguistic proficiency in Italian.

Students registered for Italian 4240 are required to complete written assignments and exams in Italian, read from original texts, and communicate with the instructor in Italian. This option, for which a fourth credit hour is given, is for students taking the course for the Italian major or minor, or for those students who want to work in Italian. 

Special Notes: 

Three hours taught in English, with the fourth hour taught in Italian. Written work and readings in Italian for Majors, Minors, Certificate Students.


Five college-level semesters of Italian with a minimum grade of C- (at Temple: ITAL 2096, ITAL 2041 or ITAL 2501), or equivalent


In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Art History 1148, English 2712, and Italian 3240, but students who register for Italian 4240 have an additional contact hour per week.