Re-imagining the Early Modern Mediterranean: Love, War, Corsairs, Empire

ITALIAN 590S-1

The Mediterranean has always been imagined as a crossroads between East and West, North and South, as well as a multicultural area uniting (or dividing) Europe, Asia and Africa, the center as well as the border of Western civilization. It is where antiquity was located, where cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism were first played, where the Catholic West met (and sometimes fought) with the Judaic-Islamic East, and where food, commerce and climate gave unity to otherwise divided identities. In this course we will try to identify the modes by which the Mediterranean was represented in the long early modern era through plays (i.e., Othello, The Jew of Malta), films (i.e., Harem Suare); travel narratives (i.e., Coryate, de Busbecq, bin Qasim); novellas (i.e., Boccaccio, Cinthio); costume books (i.e, Vecellio; De Bruyn); operas (i.e, L’italiana in Algeri); and stories of conquest and of slavery (i.e., Cervantes, Pamuk, Scetti, Hasleton).

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Asia, Europe, Africa
Faculty: 

Valeria Finucci

Crosslisting Numbers: 
MEDREN 690S-2, HISTORY 590S, LIT 590S, ROMST 590S
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP, CZ
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI, EI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
Yes
Literature in Translation?
Yes