Mafia Myth and Reality: The Italian Mafia and the Nation-State, 1860 to the Present

3 credits


College of Arts and Science

This course explores contemporary cultural representations of the Mafia in film and literature and grounds these fictional representations in the history of modern Italy. We trace the emergence of the various Mafia networks during the wars of the Risorgimento and the construction of the “southern problem”, and the impact transnational Italian migration, the rise of Fascism and the postwar reconstruction had on the form and function of these networks.