Andrew Korn

Lecturer in Italian
MA, 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 preliminarily titled Conflicted Subjectivities: Fathers and Sons between Pre-Modern and Modern Italy in Pasolini's Bourgeois Tragedies. His project focuses on Pier Paolo Pasolini's tragedies Orgia (Orgy), Affabulazione (Fabulation), and Porcile (Pigsty), which are part of the author's late-1960s Teatro di Parola (Theater of the Word). Korn's central argument is that these works symbolize conflicted bourgeois male subjectivities tragically divided between two worlds—between Pre-Modern Italy's peasant and provincial civilization before the country's mid-1950s Economic Boom, and Modern Italy, in the post-Boom era, with its intense industrialization, widespread consumer culture, and rationalistic worldview. 

Korn's early research reexamines seminal Italian films—Liliana Cavani's Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter, 1974) and Michelangelo Antonioni's Deserto rosso (Red Desert, 1964) and Zabriskie Point (1970)—through theoretical and philosophical frameworks developed from the writings of Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, and Michel Foucault. "From Image to Praxis: Mapping Desire in The Night Porter" compares the movement of desire in the film's flashbacks of a concentration camp to that in its post-WWII Vienna in order to understand these milieus' conflicting forms of subjectivity and power relations. "The Creationary Assemblage in Antonioni's Red Desert and Zabriskie Point" correlates the films' treatment of color to their female protagonists' divergent ways of being and thinking. An overarching concern of his in these early analyses is to seek and investigate visualizations of a politics of desire.

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

  • 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