SPRING 2019 ITALIAN COURSES
ITAL 5: Italian Express @ 10 (Convertini)
ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II at 10
ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III at 10, 3B
ITAL 11: Intensive Italian at 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 at 11 (Benvegnu) Environmental Italy. Narratives, Landscapes, Ecologies.
What can Italy teach us about our relationship with the environment? From the Middle Ages to the present, Italian landscapes have been recognized as depositories of stories: they convey narratives of environmental resistance and ecological liberation as well as embody the historical continuity between human communities and specific territories. In this first-year seminar, students will learn how Italian writers and scientists, artists and philosophers imagined and represented real and fictional landscapes, and how these representations reflect, critique, and animate the approach that Italian culture has had toward the physical environment and its ecology since the Middle Ages.
This first-year seminar has been awarded a Humanities Lab Grant offered by the Leslie Center for the Humanities. We will thus include in our class the rewarding practices of observation, hands-on experimentation, and skill-building perspectives, as well as try as much as possible to move beyond the classroom and embrace the world as an ideal learning space. For the Lab component of the course, we will collaborate with the non-profit land conservation organization Upper Valley Land Trustto compare what we have learnt in class about Italian Environmental Humanities with those ecological practices and narratives that surround Dartmouth and its specific territory.
Students will actively participate in class by preparing questions and lead class discussions as well as engage in small individual and group activities (such as writing definitions or peer reviews, respectively). In addition, students will write two short papers, develop an annotated bibliography, complete a final project (either a written or a video essay) based on the research completed for the annotated bibliography, and make an oral presentation of their project.
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.
FRIT 37: Topics in Italian Literature
- FRIT 37.07 Do the Right Thing! Creativity and Public Engagement between Italy and the United States at 2A (Gilebbi) This course explores the confluence of art, literature, cinema, political engagement, and activism in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries between Italy and the United States. Students will familiarize themselves with the most controversial and influential artists and intellectuals of these periods from both countries and they will also have the opportunity to spend two weeks collaborating with an Italian street artist on a project that integrates learning and awareness into practice. DIST: WC:W; SOC
ITAL 85: Independent Reading and Research Students may arrange a program of study and research with individual faculty members. Open only to Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.
ITAL 88: Senior Independent Reading and Research A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to senior Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language (whose primary language is Italian) Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.
Ital 89: Honors Seminar Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in Italian, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.