2019-20 Italian Courses

2019-20

FALL 2019 ITALIAN COURSES

ITAL 1: Introduction to Italian I @ 9L, 10: An introduction to Italian as a spoken and written language. The work includes regular practice in class and scheduled drill-sessions in understanding and using the spoken language. Written exercises and elementary reading materials serve for vocabulary building and discussion. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements

ITAL 2: Introduction to Italian II @ 10: Rapid review and continued study of the fundamentals of Italian, with intensive work in vocabulary building. The course will also include an introduction to the culture and civilization of Italy. Open to students by qualifying placement or to students who have passed ITAL 1. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.

ITAL 3: Intermediate Italian @ 9L, 11: Given on-campus as the final course in the required sequence and off-campus as part of the L.S.A. curriculum, this course is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills, with emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and reinforcement of grammatical structures. Some discussion of texts and films of literary or cultural interest. Frequent oral and written assignments and tests, both on-campus and off, plus daily drills off-campus. Open to students by qualifying test or to students who have passed Italian 2. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.

ITAL 11: Intensive Italian @ 10 : This 1-credit course is designed for students who have studied Italian for one to three years in high school, or those who have been exposed to Italian through family ties or have spent some time in an Italian-speaking environment. It is also suitable 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 in which 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 in-class work. 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 LSAs in Rome. With the goal of facilitating the acquisition of the target language, this course will be conducted entirely in Italian.ITAL 1: Introduction to Italian 1 @ 9L, 10

ITAL 9: Italian Culture @ 2 (Gilebbi): 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 14: Intro to Italian Culture @ 10A (Convertini): This course introduces students to Italian culture through a representative selection of texts and topics from past to present, as well as encouraging students to think critically about notions of culture and identity. Topics include stereotypes and the idea of national identity, modern history, society and politics, food culture, the visual arts, music, cinema, religion, science and technology, the environment, Made in Italy, immigration, sports, and mafia. In many units, guest lecturers will widen the discussion by considering the global impact of Italian cultural production across time and space. Students will actively engage with Italian phenomena through in-class lectures and discussions, hands-on exercises, and site visits.

ITAL 15: Italian Cinema @ 2A (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.

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.

Rome LSA/LSA+: Alberti

WINTER 2020 ITALIAN COURSES

ITAL 1: Introductory Italian I at 9L, 10

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II at 9L, 10

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III at 10

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

  • ITAL 10.06 @ 12 (Gilebbi): In this course, we will focus on te reading, interpretation, and discussion of some of the masterpeices of Italian literature and cinema that represent and explore food and food cultures. We will consider food as a topic in literary works and films from different genres and periods, with particular attention to the relation of the depiction of food preparation and consumption to social, cultural, and economical changes across Italian history and geography. The course will be conducted entirely in Italian. Prerequisites: ITAL 8 or ITAL 9, or permission of the instructor. Distributive: LIT; WCult: W. For more information, please contact Professor Matteo Gilebbi ([email protected]).

FRIT 33: Topics in Literature and Culture

  • FRIT 33:01: Into and Beyond Dante's Inferno @ 10A (Wyatt): The work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) stages from beginning to end a struggle between personal desire, social obligation, and the conflicting cultures of Christian religion 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 initially traveled 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 nova [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 final 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.

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.

Rome LSA/LSA+  (Convertini)

2019-2020

SPRING 2020 ITALIAN COURSES

 

TAL 5:  Italian Express @ 10: This innovative introdcutory course will provide you with the linguistic and cultural skills you will need to effectively function in Italy and fully enjoy its wonders. At the end of this course, you will be able to converse in Italian in a social setting and to understand and communicate information regarding travel, public transporation and housing, food and restaurants, shopping, technology, health, money, and more. Each week, three class meetings are combined with three drills and authentic cultural content provided in a weekly online module. This course is the equivalent of Italian 1 and fulfills the prerequisite to Italian 2.

ITAL 2: Introductory Italian II at 10

ITAL 3: Introductory Italian III at 10, 11

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 : Mafias @ 9 (Canepa): What is "mafia"? Organized crime, a shadow state, deep-rooted mentalities, men in big suits, all of the above? In this course we will study Italian and Italian-American mafias in literature, film, history, and contemporary reality, investigating the conditions in which mafias emerged, and those that make it possible to continute to thrive today. 

ITAL 21: Italian Briefs: the novella in pre-modern Italy @ 12 (Wyatt) The short form has long been the standard for Italian prose writing, and this course will track the emergence of its most malleable brand, the novella (short story) in late medieval and early modern Italy, exploring its characteristic capacity to expres a great deal within quite limited parameters. Beginning with selections from the Italinan translation of an early Arabic collection, Il libro dei sette savi (c. 1281-1300), Il Novellino (written in the same period but only published in 1476), and Giovvani Boccacio's Decameron (c. 1349-53), the readings will then focus on novelle of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the collection Novelle stralunate dopo Boccaccio retold in contemporary Italian by a number of Italy's most prominent current writers and translators.

ITAL 37: Magic Italy - Italian Fairy Tales in the European Context @ 11 (Canepa): The fairy tale is among the oldest and most enduring forms of narrative, a prototype of how we tell stories and of how we reflect on our human condition. Fairy tales are uniquely "in" and "out" of the world; their matter-of-fact mash-up of realistic and fantastic elements is an invitation to imagine dimensions different from the here-and-now. As such, they are a potent vehicle for the expression of cultural aspirations and anxieties as well as for the construction and subversion of ideologies and identities. This course is a study of the rich and precocious Italian fairy-tale tradition, the very first to take literary form in Europe. Along the way 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; the relation between oral folk narratives and written literary tales; and the reworking of fairy-tale subjects and motifs in contemporary 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.

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.