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Andrew Korn

  • Lecturer in Italian

PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania

411 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4849

Office Hours: Mondays 11:15 am–12:15 pm, Wednesdays 12:45–1:45 pm, or by appointment



Andrew Korn is currently completing his PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation titled Approaching Mystery: Conflicted Bourgeois Men in Pasolini's Modern Tragedies. His project focuses on twentieth-century author Pier Paolo Pasolini's plays Affabulazione (Fabulation), Orgia (Orgy), and Porcile (Pigsty), which are part of his late-1960s Teatro di Parola (Theater of the Word). In each play, Korn examines how mystery, or the sacred, erupts into modern bourgeois life.

Korn has previously published articles on director Liliana Cavani's Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter, 1974) and director Michelangelo Antonioni's Deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964) and Zabriskie Point (1970) in Rivista Luci e Ombre. His articles reexamine these seminal Italian films through theoretical and philosophical frameworks developed from the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Michel Foucault, with the overarching concern to seek and investigate visualizations of a politics of desire.

More recently Korn has written on the representation of male intimacy in Argentinian director Marco Berger's Plan B (2009) and Hawaii (2013), and is currently developing a project on contemporary representations of male intimacy produced outside the United States and Western Europe.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • IT 101  Elementary Italian I (Fall)
  • IT 102  Elementary Italian II (Spring)
  • IT 151  Intermediate Italian I (Fall)
  • IT 152  Intermediate Italian II (Spring)

Selected Publications

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Salvatori Research Grant, Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2017
  • Teacher Study Grant, Center for Italian Studies Babilonia and American Association of Teachers of Italian, June 2016
  • Graduate Certificate, Cinema Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 2014
  • Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Fall 2014
  • Salvatori Research Grant, Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Summer 2014
  • Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2011-2014