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Faculty Profile

Nicoletta Marini Maio

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 open-access peer reviewed 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. She recently published a book on Silvio Berlusconi in cinema. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. In addition, she is currently doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s, and on "Le Winx," an international comic strip and video series for young girls created in Italy. 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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

FMST 310 Demystifying Mafia Universe
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01. Mafia is synonymous with organized crime, violence, underworld trafficking, and black market trade. It is identified as a secret organization that operates as a shadow state within a nation. However, due to popular stories and fictional narratives, the term Mafia has become so encrusted with legend and myth that it is difficult to establish its true nature and scope. Through an analysis of literary texts and films, this course explores and deconstructs the representations of the Italian Mafia in Italian and American film from the 1960s to today. We will discuss how these representations shifted as Italians have ceased to occupy the privileged category of the "immigrant" in American imagination and as Italy has transitioned from a country of emigration to one of immigration. We will then focus on how cinema and TV have registered the evolution of the Mafia from a local organization to a global network in the 21st century. We will also delve into the unique origins and challenges of the Italian anti-Mafia resistance and the threats of Eco-Mafia. In addition to raising key questions about cultural representation and power (stereotypes; immigration and national identity; racial, gender and class difference), the course will foster students' knowledge of film genres and techniques. Taught in English with a discussion session (FLIC) for Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM/IS majors. In addition to classroom time, films will also be shown on Tuesday evenings in Althouse 106 or Monday evenings in Bosler 208 (per the syllabus schedule).

ITAL 323 Demystifying Mafia Universe
Cross-listed with FMST 310-01.Mafia is synonymous with organized crime, violence, underworld trafficking, and black market trade. It is identified as a secret organization that operates as a shadow state within a nation. However, due to popular stories and fictional narratives, the term Mafia has become so encrusted with legend and myth that it is difficult to establish its true nature and scope. Through an analysis of literary texts and films, this course explores and deconstructs the representations of the Italian Mafia in Italian and American film from the 1960s to today. We will discuss how these representations shifted as Italians have ceased to occupy the privileged category of the "immigrant" in American imagination and as Italy has transitioned from a country of emigration to one of immigration. We will then focus on how cinema and TV have registered the evolution of the Mafia from a local organization to a global network in the 21st century. We will also delve into the unique origins and challenges of the Italian anti-Mafia resistance and the threats of Eco-Mafia. In addition to raising key questions about cultural representation and power (stereotypes; immigration and national identity; racial, gender and class difference), the course will foster students' knowledge of film genres and techniques. Taught in English with a discussion session (FLIC) for Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM/IS majors. In addition to classroom time, films will also be shown on Tuesday evenings in Althouse 106 or Monday evenings in Bosler 208 (per the syllabus schedule).

FDST 401 Capstone Seminar
This capstone seminar builds on the introductory Food Studies course (FDST 201). It requires students to reflect, synthesize, and apply knowledge gained through their academic coursework and experiential learning experiences. A substantive, reflective piece which could take many forms will be required. Students will work collaboratively to organize a symposium, performance, event, or other public presentation of their work. In order to register for FDST 401, students must have completed FDST 201 and at least 3 of the four electives, along with the experiential learning component. The latter may be taken simultaneously with FDST 401.Prerequisite: FDST 201, at least three of the four electives, and the experiential component which can be take simultaneously with FDST 401.

ITAL 500 Independent Study