Bosler Hall Room 203
His current research focuses on the representation of landscape in Italian literature and society. Other interests include: diasporic and Italian American studies, theories of modern allegory and symbol, and simulation in modern and postmodern literature.
ITAL 101 Elementary Italian
Intensive study of the fundamentals of Italian grammar, with a view to developing reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Laboratory and other audiovisual techniques are used. Cultural elements are stressed as a context for the assimilation of the language.
ITAL 323 Hunger & Abundance
Food is Culture. We will take as a point of departure Massimo Montanari’s statement to understand the formation of a multifaceted Italian food identity, starting from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present. We will look at the many factors that influenced this process, including global conflicts, class divisions, religious rituals and the emergence of modern capitalism. We will analyze historical and sociological essays, films, fiction and recipe books from different historical periods. The class is taught in English with an additional weekly FLIC session in Italian for Italian Studies majors, Italian minors and INBM/IS majors.