Sep 19, 2021  
Catalogue 2019-2020 
Catalogue 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ITAL 168 - Food Culture and Italian Identity

1 unit(s)

How did spaghetti and meatballs become the symbol of Italian cuisine in the United States? Is it true that pasta was not invented in Italy? How did a cookbook contribute to the creation of national identity? Could abolishing pastasciutta make Italians more optimistic? Images of food and dinner tables pervade Italian art and literature, celebrating pleasures or projecting desires, passing on traditions or stirring revolutions. In this course we examine how eating and cooking habits intersect with material and cultural changes in Italy at various times, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. We investigate how issues of personal, regional, and national identity are shaped and expressed by food habits. Fiction and non-fiction writings, recipes, documentary and fiction film, advertising, and television shows provide the basis for discussion and writing assignments. Simona Bondavalli.

Open only to first-year students; satisfies the college requirement for a First-Year Writing Seminar.

May not be counted towards the Italian major.

Two 75-minute periods.

Not offered in 2019/20.

Course Format: CLS

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