Italian Studies 24, Section 1

The Mafia: History and Fiction (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Mia Fuller
Thursday 9:00-10:00, 6331 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 46609

Everyone loves the mafia –at least in films, on television, and in books. Why? And what is 'the' mafia? In this seminar we will explore fictional and non-fictional explanations of the mafia as an originally unique, Italian phenomenon, and as a closed social, economic, and psychological system based on brutality and secrecy. Our materials will include a few essential readings with discussion of classic films and TV representations.

Instructor Bio

Mia Fuller, Ph.D. Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Italian Studies. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined fieldwork and archival research in her studies of architecture and city planning in the Italian colonies between 1869 and 1943. Her book on the subject, Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities, and Italian Imperialism, was published by Routledge in 2007. She is also the co-editor (with Ruth Ben-Ghiat) of Italian Colonialism: A Reader (Palgrave, 2005). Currently, she is preparing an ethnographic, architectural, and oral-historical study of the Fascist-era 'New Towns' built in 1930s Italy.

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