24: Freshman Seminar: The Mafia: History and Fiction

Tu 1-2 | 6331 Dwinelle | Instructor: Mia Fuller

Units: 1

Everyone loves the mafia –at least in films, on television, and in books. Why? And what is ‘the’ mafia? In this seminar we will explore fictional and non-fictional explanations of the mafia as an originally unique, Italian phenomenon, and as a closed social, economic, and psychological system based on brutality and secrecy. Our materials will include a few essential readings with discussion of classic films and TV representations.


Prerequisite: freshman standing.