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Nicoletta Marini Maio

(she/her/hers)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

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

FMST 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.

FMST 310 Migration Anxieties Ital Cine
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01. 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 weekly discussion group (Wed 1:30 - 2:20 pm, location TBA) 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.

ITAL 323 Migration Anxieties Ital Cine
Cross-listed with FMST 310-01. 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 weekly discussion group (Wed 1:30 - 2:20 pm, location TBA) 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.

ITAL 550 Independent Research