The aim of the course is to introduce the main methodologies of visual culture: the discipline will be defined and its history will be traced. In the second part, a thematic study will be developed. The course is fully consistent with the objectives of the Course of Studies, which aims to ensure the acquisition of solid knowledge in the fields of multimedia communication by anchoring them to a strengthening of the humanistic training of students.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, the student will have to have an adequate measure of Knowledge and Skills. Knowledge: Acquire the technical-sector lexicon of the discipline; approach the most important problems discussed by historiography regarding the in-depth phenomenon in the second part. Skills: To be able to approach visual culture with a critical attitude; to know how to interrogate and contextualize the materials of the visual culture investigated, through theoretical tools and in-depth historical investigations.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The course investigates the existence of an "Italian way" to mass pornography. Italy faced the transition, within a few years, from an over-controlled context to an hyper-free one, characterized by wild deregulation. As a consequence, the emergence of pornography in our country was not accompanied by clear and shared rules, and neither it was by an honest public debate, as instead happened in other western democracies.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of contemporary history. Basic knowledge of the history of cinema.
The topics of the course will be addressed through lectures and with the use of slides and audio-video materials analyzed in the classroom. Attendance, although not mandatory, is strongly recommended. Students who attend at least two thirds of the lessons are considered attending students.
Texts to be studied: · W.J.T. Mitchell, Pictorial Turn. Saggi di cultura visuale, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2017. · Ruwen Ogien, Penser la pornographie, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris 2003; trad. it. Pensare la pornografia, Ibs Edizioni, Milano 2005. · Altman Andrew, Watson Lori, Debating Pornography, Oxford University Press, Orford 2019. · Pietro Adamo, Pier Giorgio Carizzoni (a cura di), Sex & Revolution! (1960-1977), Skira, Milano 2018.
Films to be studied: · La dolce vita (1960), Federico Fellini. · La ricotta (1963), Pier Paolo Pasolini. · Teorema (1968), Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Program in addition for non-attending students: · Gianluca della Maggiore, Tomaso Subini, Catholicism and Cinema. Modernization and Modernity, Mimesis International, Milano 2018.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview on the topics of the program and, for attending students, also on those addressed during the lessons in the classroom. The exam intends to verify in particular the critical and logical-argumentative abilities of the student. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and / or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher. International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher in a timely manner.