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Sicily and Sardinia are both Italy’s two largest islands and worlds unto themselves. Each has garnered fame and appreciation through the magnificence of its scenery, the timelessness of its folklore, and the authenticity of the literary works generated by its native citizens. Stairway to the South provides an introduction to Sicilian and Sardinian culture and their impact on Italy at large through some of their most historic figures: in Sardinia, Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci, and in Sicily, Giovanni Verga, Luigi Pirandello, and Leonardo Sciascia. Students will be encouraged to examine more closely the figure that best represents what they most appreciate or find most interesting about the region selected for their final presentation, exploring other media and authors – film and Southern Italian filmmakers, for example – to do so.