Love, War, Corsairs, Empire
The Mediterranean has always been imagined as a crossroads between East and West, North and South, as well as a multicultural area uniting (or dividing) Europe, Asia and Africa, the center as well as the border of Western civilization. It is where antiquity was located, where cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism were first played, where the Catholic West met (and sometimes fought) with the Judaic-Islamic East, and where food, commerce and climate gave unity to otherwise divided identities. In this course we will try to identify the modes by which the Mediterranean was represented in the long early modern era through plays (i.e., Othello; The Jew of Malta; The Sister; The Bagnos of Algiers), films (i.e., Harem Suare); travel narratives (i.e., Coryate, de Busbecq, bin Qasim); novellas (i.e., Boccaccio, Cinthio); costume books (i.e, Vecellio; De Bruyn); operas (i.e, L’italiana in Algeri); and stories of conquest and of slavery (i.e., Cervantes, Pamuk, Scetti, Hasleton). In English with preceptorial available for Italian majors and minors.