The Italian-American Experience: History, Literature, and Pop Culture

Join Dr. Paolo Chirumbolo ( chirumbo@lsu.edu ) in Italian 4100, being taught Spring 2021.

Class will be taught in English and take place: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Throughout the semester you will examine the Italian American experience by analyzing historical, cultural, literary and cinematic representations. Your analysis will provide an overview of Italian emigration to America in the 19th and 20th centuries (with specific references to Italians in Louisiana) and the conditions within the United States as a destination country. You will also interrogate the immigrant experience through the lens of race and ethnicity, and through the discussion of seminal novels, films, and TV shows that have (mis)represented and exploited the Italian-American experience