Faculty Profile

Nicoletta Marini Maio

Associate Professor of Italian and Film Studies (2007)

Contact Information

marinin@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 219
717.245.1592
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/marinin/

Bio

Professor Marini-Maio completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian cinema. She is the Editor of the international online journal gender/sexuality/italy. Her main fields of research are film studies, Italian cinema, and theater, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. She is currently working on a book on Silvio Berlusconi in the cinema and doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s. She has published articles on Italian cinema and theatre, Italian teaching pedagogy, and technology-enhanced language learning. In this areas, she has also co-edited the scholarly volumes "Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater" (Yale University Press, 2009) and "Dramatic Interactions" (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). At Dickinson, she is sharing with her students her passion for film and theater.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • B.A., University of Perugia, Italy, 1986
  • M.A., University of Rome, 1998
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Ph.D., 2006

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

FLST 101 Intro to Film Studies
An introductory study of the preeminent art form of the 20th Century. The course will focus upon the fundamentals of film study as an academic discipline, including formal analysis of film narrative and cinematic technique (the art of film), contextual approaches to film, study of various film genres, and rudimentary experience with film production. Students will be exposed to aesthetically and historically important films from a number of cultural traditions.

ITAL 232 Oral Expression
Designed to increase student's comprehension and command of spoken Italian, this course is also an initiation in everyday verbal transactions and cultural communication prevalent in contemporary Italy. Phonetics, oral comprehension, and verbal production are practiced through exposure to authentic documents usually of a non-literary nature, such as television news programs, documentaries, commercial advertisements, and excerpts from films. Two and a half hours classroom and one hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

ITAL 323 Migration Anxieties
Study of significant themes and values that inform Italian culture and are informed by it. This course draws on a wide selection of sources including history, sociology, psychology, popular culture. Students in this course will concentrate on specific cultural, social or political issues, such as "Representations of the Holocaust and/or Terrorism in Italian Cinema;" "The Italian Southern Question;" "The Making and Unmaking of Italy," and others. This course is offered in English. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a discussion group in Italian and will write their papers in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a "FLIC: Italian" notation on their transcript. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. Offered on an as-needed basis.

Spring 2016

FLST 310 Migration Anxieties
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01.Part of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic, but open to all students. Study of significant themes and values that inform Italian culture and are informed by it. This course draws on a wide selection of sources including history, sociology, psychology, popular culture. Since the 1990s, because of geopolitical and economic circumstances, Italy has increasingly become a destination country for thousands of immigrants from around the world, in particular from the former Communist bloc and the global south. This massive phenomenon transformed the demographics of Italy and mainstream media coverage of it triggered anxieties across the nation with regard to geopolitical borders, socioeconomic changes, cultural and gendered identities, racialized bodies, and ideas of otherness. The cinema has intercepted these anxieties representing both the sense of displacement of the migrant populations and the feeling of destabilization perceived in the host country. In this course we will analyze a selection from Italian films to investigate their forms, narratives, and strategic perspectives, seeking for tentative answers to several compelling questions. This course is offered in English. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a discussion group in Italian and will write their papers in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a "FLIC: Italian" notation on their transcript. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. This course fulfills the DIV I. b. distribution requirement. Offered on an as-needed basis.

ITAL 323 Migration Anxieties
Cross-listed with FLST 310-01.Part of the Mediteranean Migrations Mosaic, but open to all students. Study of significant themes and values that inform Italian culture and are informed by it. This course draws on a wide selection of sources including history, sociology, psychology, popular culture. Since the 1990s, because of geopolitical and economic circumstances, Italy has increasingly become a destination country for thousands of immigrants from around the world, in particular from the former Communist bloc and the global south. This massive phenomenon transformed the demographics of Italy and mainstream media coverage of it triggered anxieties across the nation with regard to geopolitical borders, socioeconomic changes, cultural and gendered identities, racialized bodies, and ideas of otherness. The cinema has intercepted these anxieties representing both the sense of displacement of the migrant populations and the feeling of destabilization perceived in the host country. In this course we will analyze a selection from Italian films to investigate their forms, narratives, and strategic perspectives, seeking for tentative answers to several compelling questions. This course is offered in English. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a discussion group in Italian and will write their papers in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a "FLIC: Italian" notation on their transcript. Prerequisites: 231 if taken as Italian FLIC; none, if taking the English only portion. This course fulfills the DIV I. b. distribution requirement. Offered on an as-needed basis.

SOCI 500 Independent Study
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic.

ITAL 500 Independent Study
Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Mediterranean Migrations Mosaic.