2018-19 French and Italian in Translation (FRIT) Courses



FRIT 93: Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Theory and Practice at 10A (Convertini) The course will provide a historical overview of approaches to foreign language (FL) teaching and learning and the theoretical notions underlying current pedagogical trends and classroom practices. Some of the topics that will be covered during the class discussion include: The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; language learning and critical thinking; multiple intelligence in language learning; the integration of literature and culture in FL teaching; and digital pedagogy in the 21st century language classroom. Students will have the opportunity to apply course content through micro-teaching sessions, class-troubleshooting situations, class observations and the development of tasks and assessments. The course will also offer students the opportunity to reflect on language learning on a personal level, to find out how they think as language learners and how they can empower themselves to learn languages in an active and engaged manner. 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. This course will be enhanced by a Humanities lab. Dist:SOC



FRIT 37: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 37.05 Black Queer & Trans Futures: An Experiment at 2A (Batraville) Engaging with the histories and present realities of colonial dispossession, racial violence and cisheteropatriarchy on campus and beyond, we will collaboratively craft visions of alternative futures. Drawing on critical theory and speculative fiction from Haiti, Martinique, Cameroon, US and beyond, our goal will be to challenge our current order, chart how we move past it, and imagine what liberatory futures lie beyond. This experiment will culminate in a staged reading directed and performed by professionals.  Dist:SOC; WCult:CI

FRIT 33.01:  Into and Beyond Dante’s Inferno at 2A (Wyatt)  The work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) stages from beginning to end a struggle between personal desire, social obligation, and the conflicting culturesof Christianreligion and the body politic. The unprecedented fusion Dante made of these elements in the Commedia[The Divine Comedy] has guaranteed his great poem a vast public,extending across world cultures and the seven centuries since it initiallytraveled among elite readers in north-central Italy in the early decades of the fourteenth century. This course will first examine the development of Dante’s poetic voice in La vita nuova [The New Life, ca. 1293-94] and then focus on its subsequent expansion into an all-encompassing vision of life and death in Inferno[Hell, ca. 1306-09], the first of the three canticles of the Commedia. Situating Dante in his own time and place will be essential to our analysis of his poetry, but attention to the multiple ways that Dante’s work has been interpreted, translated, and appropriated in other periods, languages, and media will provide a critical framework for understanding its enduring appeal, why – in the words of Italo Calvino – it “has not finished saying what it has to say.” Readings, lectures, discussion, and written work – to include a mid-term exam, two short essays, and a digital project – will be in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit will attend a weekly X-hour and write the two essays in Italian.