Food for Thought in Italian Culture

Food has always been an important thread woven through the fabric of Italian culture. Italian cuisine, as diverse and heterogeneous as it is inside the country from North to South, largely contributed to the building of a strong Italian identity, as testified in recent times by the worldwide success of large-scale marketplaces such as Eataly. This course will investigate food's role in shaping Italian society and its cultural practices by looking at images of food in visual art, literature and film. Our historical review will focus on the many symbolic meanings circulating around the representation of food in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and the 20th and 21st centuries. Food will be a lens through which we will read the political, social, and economic changes that have affected Italy in its millennial history.

*Sections of this course offered as fully online sections in main campus programs will be charged a $50 iCourse Fee.  This fee does not apply to In person or Hybrid sections of this course, or to students in fully online programs.  Please check the Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information on the mode of instruction for individual sections of this course as offerings may change from semester to semester.

Class Number: 

ITAL 160D1


Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E.

Usually Offered: 

Coming soon!



Approved As: 

General Education Tier One - Traditions and Cultures