Italian Studies 330. Modern Italian Theatre
This course explores the shifting zones between stage and audience, between written text and social intervention. Beginning with Pirandello’s seminal masterpiece, Six Characters in Search of an Author, students will explore the radical artistic and political potential of theatre in modern Italian society. Readings and viewings may include: avant-garde Futurist theatre; De Filippo’s Neapolitan theatre; Martinelli’s Afro-Italian collaborations; and works by Betti, Pasolini, Maraini, Ginzburg and the renowned Fo-Rame team.