Courses 2017-18 ITALIAN


Summer 2017 Italian Courses


Fall 2017 Italian Courses

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I @ 9L, 10, 6A

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II @ 11

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III @ 9L, 11

ITAL 15: Italian Cinema @ 10A (Convertini) Conducted in Italian, this course introduces students to classic Italian cinema, including its history and its predominant genres-from the silent film to comedy and melodrama and thriller. Students will become familiar with Italian cinematic movements such as Neorealism, directors such as Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni, as well as with important concepts in film analysis.

FRIT 35: Modern Italian Culture and Society

  • FRIT 35.02: Fascisms @ 2 (Parati) This class is about fascisms and the plural is not a typo.  We will ask ourselves the question: how did fascism rise to power?  Why did people support it? We will focus initially on the original model for fascist dictatorships, that is Italian fascism, but we will also have in-class presentations by Dartmouth professors on German, Spanish, French and Japanese forms of fascism.  This is a course that will concentrate on history, film, literature, and fashion in order to talk about the slippery definitions of fascism.

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


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: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 37.04: Italian Fairy Tales @ 10 (Canepa) We will study the rich and precocious Italian fairy-tale tradition, from the Renaissance to our times, and the ways in which its forms and contents have evolved. We will address questions concerning canon formation; the role of “marvelous” genres such as the fairy tale in socialization and the expression of national identity; and the appropriation of fairy-tale subjects and motifs by contemporary popular culture. We will also acquaint ourselves with a variety of critical approaches to the fairy tale, and consider some of the other European fairy-tale traditions, especially the French and the German.

LSA+ in Rome (Convertini)


Spring 2018 Italian Courses

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I @ 9L

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II @ 9L, 10

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III @ 10

ITAL 11: Intensive Italian @ 11, 12 This 1-credit course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of the Italian language, but who have a strong background in another Romance language (i.e. Spanish, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Catalan, and also Latin).  Italian 11 is an accelerated course that combines Italian 1 and 2 in one term offering an exciting and fast-paced atmosphere to learn Italian. The course will have a web-based component, which, through cultural, grammar and multimedia learning activities, will complement face-to-face work and prepare students for their in-class work. In this course, students will learn to talk about familiar events in the present and the past, as well as formulate plans for the future. Weekly cultural videos will situate in context the grammatical content of the course making it relevant and meaningful. Students will be actively engaged in a variety of creative written and oral activities that will help them develop their language skills. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to sign up for Italian 3 or apply for our Italian LSA in Rome. With the goal to facilitate the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in Italian.
Prerequisite: One year or equivalent of university level instruction in a Romance Language or Latin; or three high school years of instruction in a Romance Language or Latin; or native speaking proficiency in a Romance Language; or permission of instructor

ITAL 7: First Year Seminar (Pedriali)

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.