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Spring 2013-2014
* ITA 401 / COM 431 (SA)   No Audit

Seminar in Italian Literature and Culture - Economic Politics and Organized Crime

Roberto Saviano


This seminar explores how the media describes criminal organizations and their social and political role. Focus on topics such as journalism and mafia; mafia culture and the power of symbols; cocaine, the white gold; stories of writers sentenced to death by the cartels.

Sample reading list:
Saviano, Gomorrah
Saviano, Zero, Zero, Zero
Garrone, Gomorra
M. Beith, The Last Narco
Blog del Narco, Dying for the Truth
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 40-50 pages per week with 6-9 hours of preparation per week consisting of reading, viewing, writing. Short writing assignments and 8-page final paper.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
200-level Italian course and permission of instructor. Application to be sent to marrone@Princeton.EDU.

Other information:
Robert Saviano is one of the most influential journalist/writers in Italy and world-wide. He has debated important contemporary issues, always maintaining an ethical detachment from political factions. His "Gomorrah" sold over 10 million copies and the film adaptation by Matteo Garrone won Cannes Grand Prix in 2008.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43585 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   321   Enrolled:19 Limit:15 Closed