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In Michelangelo's Shadow by Joseph Luzzi

In Michelangelo's Shadow

The Mystery of Modern Italy

by Joseph Luzzi

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
7 Hrs. 30 Min.


The director of Italian studies at Bard College, Professor Joseph Luzzi leads a comprehensive overview of Italian culture. Beginning in the fabled realm of Renaissance art and concluding with the sweeping transformations of present-day Italy, Professor Luzzi examines the Italian mystique and answers a number of intriguing questions: Is there a distinctly “Italian” way of looking at the world? To whom do Italian Renaissance treasures truly belong? Could the United States as known today exist without the contributions of Italian culture?

Lecture 1 Chiaroscuro Nation

Lecture 2 The Lives of Dante

Lecture 3 Petrarch's Dead Letter: Birth of Modern Italian Poetry

Lecture 4 Junior Year Abroad: The Grand Tour

Lecture 5 One Great Society: The Living and the Dead

Lecture 6 Florence After Florence

Lecture 7 Better Beautiful than Good (Italian 101)

Lecture 8 The Fig Tree and the Impala

Lecture 9 Money Talks: Language and the Lira in Post-Unification Italy

Lecture 10 End of the Affair in Italian Cinema

Lecture 11 Slow Food, Italian Style

Lecture 12 Mamma's Boys

Lecture 13 The Southern Question

Lecture 14 The Fine Art of Being Italian

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