Courses 2017-18 ITALIAN

2017-18

Summer 2017 Italian Courses

2017-18

Fall 2017 Italian Courses

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I @ 9L, 10

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II @ 9L

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III @ 9L

FRIT 35: Modern Italian Culture and Society @ 2 (Parati) According to the interests of the instructor, a major topic, art form, literary genre, or historical theme that concerns modern Italy will be approached in relation to Italian culture and society as a whole. The focus of the course will thus be interdisciplinary, emphasizing the interplay of the fine arts, literature, film, music, history, and philosophy. Possible themes include Literature and Politics in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, The History of Italian Opera, The Culture of Italian Fascism, Italian Film (specific directors such as Fellini, De Sica, Bertolucci and Antonioni). Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian. 

ITAL 22: Humanism and Renaissance @ 10 (Canepa) This course explores the extraordinary cultural production of Italy from the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth century—the Renaissance. Students will examine broader social and historical contexts through topics such as humanism; attitudes toward the ancient world and the “discovery” of new worlds; developments in the visual arts and in science; court society; sexuality and courtesan culture; gender and family life; religious reform. Genres considered may include essay, dialogue, political treatise, theatre, lyric and epic poetry, letters, and the novella. Authors may include Petrarch, Alberti, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Isabella di Morra, Veronica Franco, Ruzante, Castiglione, Ariosto, Bandello, and Tasso.

LSA/LSA+ in Rome

2017-18

Winter 2018 Italian Courses

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I @ 9L, 10

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II @ 9L, 10

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III @ 10

ITAL 9:  Italian Culture @ 12 (Hooper) Italian 9 expands on the skills acquired in the Italian language sequence (Italian 1, 2, 3, and/or the LSA) as well as offering a transition to Italian 10 and our upper-division literature and culture courses. This course introduces students to modern and contemporary Italian literature, culture and society through a focus on topics such as evolving political and regional identities, gender relations, the role of the media, and the culture of daily life. Students expand their active use of Italian, refine communicative, reading, and writing strategies, and comprehensively review grammar. Course work includes active participation in class discussions, oral presentations, and regular reading and writing assignments in the areas of narrative and poetry, cinema, music, and journalism. Instructors usually choose one or several "anchor" texts around which coursework revolves.

ITAL 21: Early Italian Literature and Culture @ 10A (Hooper) This course will offer an introduction to medieval Italian literature and culture through readings of literary masterworks of the period. The approach will be interdisciplinary: we will consider connections between literary texts and medieval art, music, philosophical currents, and historical events. Themes may include the importance of writing in the vernacular, discourses of love, conceptions of sex roles and gender, personal and political aspirations of the self in society, and the constitution of ideal forms of social organization. Readings will be selected from Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Caterina da Siena, and others.

FRIT 37: Pending (Canepa)

LSA+ in Rome (Convertini)

2017-18

Spring 2018 Italian Courses

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I @ 9L

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II @ 9L, 10

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III @ 10

ITAL 7: First Year Seminar

ITAL 10: Introduction to Italian Literature: Masterworks and Great Issues

  • ITAL 10.03 Italian Disaster Narratives @ 12 (Hooper) This course gives students a foundational understanding of Italian culture by pursuing a theme from medieval Italy to the present day. The course’s primary aims are to: 1) develop cultural awareness of Italy by studying texts from different media, genres, and periods, 2) increase student mastery of Italian through intensive practice in writing, reading, speaking, and listening, and 3) foster the intellectual skills of textual analysis, critical thinking and self-expression.  This term the theme is disasters, broadly understood and divided into three thematic groups: plague and sickness; invasion and occupation; human and social failure. Authors and artists include Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Galileo, Leopardi, Verga, Puccini, Anna Banti, Rossellini, Clara Sereni, and Marco Paolini.

FRIT 33:01 Dante's "Divine" Comedy @ 2A (Hooper)   Is there an afterlife? What is it like? Who may describe the hereafter in this world and shape my behavior? These are the ever-present questions that Dante’s Comedy poses. The course’s central themes will be exile and paradise: Exile means both Dante’s own banishment and the universal pilgrimage of life; paradise is the unattainable homecoming of true happiness. Students will explore the poem, its sources, and reception, developing a rigorous yet personal response to Dante’s Comedy.  Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian.