Italian Courses

 

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

ITAL101 First-Year Italian I Sections

Grammar, reading, writing, and oral practice for beginners without previous exposure to the Italian language or dialects.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Italian 101 The Italian 101 course, an introductory-level language and culture course, will allow students to acquire some basic grammatical structures and learn about a number of interesting cultural topics, including Italian society, visual arts and architecture, music, and art cities. To help practice and develop all four-language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) this course adopts a highly interactive and communicative approach. In particular, the purpose of Italian 101 is to help students gain some proficiency in communicating in a variety of survival situations, such as talk about themselves, their family, their interests and their daily routine, address different people, describe people and places they are familiar with and express likes and dislikes. Students will learn how to appropriately pronounce the language, read short articles and simple stories; listen and understand dialogues and songs; write a postcard, a simple email message and a...
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ITAL102 First-Year Italian II Sections

Grammar, reading, writing and oral practice for beginners without previous exposure to the Italian language or dialects.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Italian 102 Building on Italian 101, the Italian 102 course helps students develop all four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and gain a beginner level of proficiency in interacting in Italian and communicating in situations, such as discuss people and events in the students' life, in the present and from the past, talk about their childhood or memorable trips; address different people; ask for directions and order in a restaurant; express likes and dislikes and make plans for the weekend and other occasions. The course adopts a highly interactive and communicative approach and students participate in a variety of engaging and fun activities. Students will be asked to do many activities and exercises in pairs and in groups. Willingness to interact in Italian and all efforts will be rewarded! Learners will read ads, email messages, and short articles or stories, and work...
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ITAL104 Italian for Singers Sections

The study of the Italian language with the study of Italian lyric diction and musical culture; practice in translation, phonetic transcription and the performance of vocal music.


Summer 2017
No ITST course(s) were found for S2017 term.


Winter 2017/18

Winter 2017

ITAL101 First-Year Italian I Sections

Grammar, reading, writing, and oral practice for beginners without previous exposure to the Italian language or dialects.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Italian 101 The Italian 101 course, an introductory-level language and culture course, will allow students to acquire some basic grammatical structures and learn about a number of interesting cultural topics, including Italian society, visual arts and architecture, music, and art cities. To help practice and develop all four-language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) this course adopts a highly interactive and communicative approach. In particular, the purpose of Italian 101 is to help students gain some proficiency in communicating in a variety of survival situations, such as talk about themselves, their family, their interests and their daily routine, address different people, describe people and places they are familiar with and express likes and dislikes. Students will learn how to appropriately pronounce the language, read short articles and simple stories; listen and understand dialogues and songs; write a postcard, a simple email message and a...
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ITAL102 First-Year Italian II Sections

Grammar, reading, writing and oral practice for beginners without previous exposure to the Italian language or dialects.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] Italian 102 Building on Italian 101, the Italian 102 course helps students develop all four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and gain a beginner level of proficiency in interacting in Italian and communicating in situations, such as discuss people and events in the students' life, in the present and from the past, talk about their childhood or memorable trips; address different people; ask for directions and order in a restaurant; express likes and dislikes and make plans for the weekend and other occasions. The course adopts a highly interactive and communicative approach and students participate in a variety of engaging and fun activities. Students will be asked to do many activities and exercises in pairs and in groups. Willingness to interact in Italian and all efforts will be rewarded! Learners will read ads, email messages, and short articles or stories, and work...
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ITAL201 Second-Year Italian I Sections

Reading, writing and oral practice, with constant and systematic reference to the grammatical structure of the language.

Second-Year Italian I Italian 201 (3) and Italian 202 (3) are the second-year continuation of Italian 102. The primary aim of the courses is to consolidate students’ oral and written proficiency, to improve their reading and comprehension skills and to promote their awareness of Italian culture. To serve that purpose, the courses are complemented by an interactive approach to the review of the main Italian grammatical points, an introduction to and discussion on cultural topics, such as stereotypes on Italian people and on Italy, Italian society, Made in Italy, basic principles of Italian cuisine, sport and health. Both courses are based on the guidelines provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In particular, upon successful completion of Italian 201, students “understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance such as basic personal and family information, communicate in routine tasks and describe aspects of their background,...
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ITAL202 Second-Year Italian II Sections

Reading, writing and oral practice, with constant and systematic reference to the grammatical structure of the language.

Second-Year Italian II Italian 202 (3) is a continuation of Italian 201 and is conducted according to the same format. It naturally builds on Italian 201 and includes additional communicative, reading, writing and listening activities as well as new cultural topics. This course is based on the guidelines provided by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for B1 language level. More specifically, upon successful completion of Italian 202, students “understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school or leisure, can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in Italy, and can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.” The various evaluation methods, which include peer reading exercises, 2-stage oral exams, peer writing, blogs or group videos, are tied to overall course objectives and are meant to help the students...
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ITAL206 Conversational Italian for Intermediate Learners Sections

The development of spoken proficiency. Contemporary Italy will be presented and discussed through a variety of multimedia resources in this highly interactive environment.

Conversational Italian for Intermediate Learners Italian 206 is designed to enhance communication skills and provide additional practice to improve oral expression, interaction (spoken and written) and comprehension of both listening and reading authentic material, while also increasing awareness of Italian culture. This course is geared towards students who already have a good general knowledge of fundamental grammatical concepts such as present and past tenses, imperative and conditional, and a certain ability to communicate orally and in writing, but want to improve (after Italian 201 or with instructor permission) overall and deepen their intercultural competence in particular. A range of activities in and outside class, individual and in groups, such as discussions, debates, interactive presentations, and blogs are used to increase students’ speaking skill. Some grammar topics will also be reviewed through oral practice exercises. Evaluation is based on demonstrated proficiency in oral and written communication. Some students register in this course concurrently with ITAL...
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ITAL301 Third-Year Italian I Sections

Reading, writing, speaking, comprehension. Special emphasis on oral practice and on composition.

Third-Year Italian I ITAL 301 è un corso di lingua e cultura di livello intermedio o ‘di soglia,’ che prepara a diventare studenti indipendenti o in grado di uoversi con disinvoltura nelle diverse situazioni che possono presentarsi quando si viaggia in Italia. Lo studente che raggiunge con successo la fine del corso è in grado di “esprimere esperienze ed avvenimenti, sogni, speranze e ambizioni e di spiegare brevemente le ragioni delle sue opinioni e dei suoi progetti,” come descritto nel livello B1 del Quadro comune europeo di riferimento per la conoscenza delle lingue. L’approccio globale su cui si fonda questo corso, consente allo studente di rivedere ed approfondire gli aspetti morfosintattici della lingua così come quelli pragmatici, conversazionali, lessicali e socioculturali. Attraverso l’uso di testi autentici, video, fumetti ed altre attività creative e coinvolgenti il corso aiuta lo studente a sviluppare tutte le abilità linguistiche ed approfondire la conoscenza di aspetti culturali...
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ITAL302 Third-Year Italian II Sections

Reading, writing, speaking, comprehension. Special emphasis on oral practice and on composition.

Third-Year Italian II Il corso Italiano 302 prepara gli studenti a raggiungere un livello di autonomia intermedio superiore o di livello B2, come descritto nel Quadro comune europeo di riferimento per la conoscenza delle lngue straniere. Gli studenti comprendono ora le idee principali di testi complessi su argomenti sia concreti sia astratti; sono in grado di interagire con fiducia e spontaneità con i parlanti nativi e sanno produrre un testo chiaro e dettagliato su un'ampia gamma di argomenti e spiegare un punto di vista su un argomento fornendo i pro e i contro delle varie opzioni. L’approccio globale su cui è basato Ital 302 (e Ital 301), utilizza una varietà di generi testuali e lingua orale. Le diverse aree tematiche affrontano argomenti di geografia, società, storia e arti attraverso brani letterari, video, test di valutazione e autovalutazione, e spiegazioni grammaticali, sempre rivolti ad appronfondiire i differenti temi morfosintattici. Un modulo del corso...
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ITAL303 Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period Sections

A thematic approach to Italian literary works from the origins to the end of the sixteenth century considered in a broad cultural context. Alternates with ITAL 304.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 231 and Romance Studies 221] Shifting Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Italy This is a course that aims at blending the visual and the literary arts that flourished in the Italian peninsula from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will follow a chronological order, moving from Dante to Machiavelli and Castiglione, from Giotto to Leonardo and Raphael. However, this order also reflects a geographical one, as different centers of patronage became prominent at different moments in time. We will therefore look at Palermo and Sicily during the 12th and 13th centuries, Florence and Tuscany from the 13th to the 16th, Milan-Venice in the 15th and 16th; finally, approaching the Rome of the Renaissance will also give us the opportunity to look at her ancient, classical heritage. We will read excerpts from some of the major texts that were produced in these various areas, and familiarize ourselves with the...
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ITAL304 Italian Literature and Culture of the Modern and Contemporary Age Sections

The development of modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture against the background of social and historical events. Alternates with ITAL 303.

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 232] Colonial and Postcolonial Italy Often considered the least of major European colonial powers, Italy had expansionist ambitions since its Unification in 1861. At its peak during fascism, the Italian Empire annexed parts of Libya, Greece, Albania, Eritrea Ethiopia, and Somalia, in addition to a concession in Tianjin, China. But soon after WWII, the Italian public forgot about this history. Not until the 1990s when historians began to explore Italy’s colonial past. But so far Italians have not fully incorporated the country’s imperial history and its legacy into public discourse. Why did this phenomenon occur? And what implications did it have for today’s multiethnic Italian society, particularly when the country has been experiencing a Mediterranean refugee crisis and a surge of migrant entrepreneurship in its vibrant sector of small- and medium-sized enterprises? In addressing these questions, students will discuss mobility, class, gender, and race in relation to several...
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ITAL325 Italian Translation Sections

A task-based introduction to the theory and practice of translation as applied to Italian and English texts: word choice, semantic correspondence, cultural adaptation, communicative purpose, target readerships. Languages of instruction are English and Italian.

This course introduces you to various theoretical approaches and techniques that facilitate the transplantation of texts from one language to another as well as from one culture to another. Designed to enhance bilingual competence and cross-cultural communication skills, this course will expand your glossary of professional terminology and will help you gain practical skills for translation. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues of cultural adaptation. The course is student-centered and task-based. Students will contribute to choosing and/or writing texts to translate that are in line with both their personal interests and the objectives of the course. We will be working on translation techniques in various fields (arts & literature, business, food & tourism, fashion & design) and/or in conjunction with literary creativity (graphic novels, short stories, film scripts, plays, and haikus). Learning objectives To master the key concepts, theories and terminology proper to translation To gain an overall understanding of the...
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ITAL401 Advanced Studies in Italian Language and Style I Sections

Advanced reading, writing, speaking, comprehension. Special emphasis on oral practice. Alternates with ITAL 402.

Advanced Studies in Italian Language and Style I This course is designed for those students who wish to review and develop their communicative competence in Italian. From the starting point of nonfictional texts, students will examine and discuss contemporary issues in their social and cultural context. The focus will be on the language we use to communicate in daily life and in the media. We will pay particular attention to Italian TV, radio broadcasts and commercials, together with lyrics of hit songs and news. Objectives: To recognize the close link between economic development and social and cultural growth, both in its general rules and local variations; to consider cultural differences, both diachronically and synchronically; to recognize the interference between different codex and languages in popular culture; to develop competence in coding/decoding media languages; to analyze and anticipate the influence of new media on contemporary society; to enhance general critical skills. Learning Outcomes: At the...
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ITAL403 Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy Sections

A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: <i>Vita Nuova</i>, <i>Convivio</i>, <i>Monarchia</i>, <i>Epistles</i>. Precludes credit for ITST 413.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 413 and RGLA 471] Dante and His World: The Divine Comedy in Translation Undoubtedly the best-known among all poems written in the Italian language during the last seven hundred years, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy takes us on a most unusual journey. We begin our travels quivering with the wayfarer at the outskirts of a ghastly dark forest, and we end up basking in the blissful light of a cosmic embrace. What makes such a change of perspective possible? It is the journey itself, answers Dante, who in his visionary exploration of “the beyond” is taught by his teachers, Virgil and Beatrice, how fearlessly to plumb the abysses and expanse of the human psyche. From exile to reintegration, from wretchedness to felicity, this is the story of a process of inner transmutation, whose liberating power has touched countless readers over the ages and across cultures. More than ever today Dante’s...
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ITAL409 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture Sections

Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITST 419.

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 419] Italy and China Since Marco Polo, Italy’s communication with China is the longest in Europe on written record. In the 20th century, increased mobility intensified cultural exchanges between the two countries. Leading Italian writers such as Italo Calvino continued to imagine Polo’s legacy, making him a main character in his masterpiece Invisible Cities (1972). During the early 1970s Cultural Revolution, Italy was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with Maoist China. During this time, prominent intellectuals, including Michelangelo Antonioni and Alberto Moravia, went there to witness the famous social engineering. The 1940s Italian neorealist cinema significantly influenced six-generation Chinese filmmakers including Wang Xiaoshuai in the 1990s. Since the 1980s, Italy has been the leading country in continental Europe to receive Chinese migrants, a phenomenon that led to significant media coverage to the present day. This course will examine these and other events by questioning...
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Winter 2017

ITST110 Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture Sections

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
Italian Culture and the Wider World Italy is renowned for its multifaceted culture. Italian culture involves organized crimes but also fashion and design. Tourism and migrations in and out of Italy equally influence the country’s cultural identities. This course introduces these fascinating aspects about post-WWII Italian culture by examining its local specificity and its influence on other parts of the world. We will also discuss how world events shaped Italian culture. Students will learn to place contemporary Italian literature, cinema, and culture in their socio-historical and political contexts. The language of instruction is English. No prior knowledge is required. Students from any discipline are welcome. View course poster A sample of required films and novels The Godfather (Coppola) Divorce, Italian Style (Germi) Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (Lakhous) The Path to the Spiders’ Nets (Calvino) Prerequisite: None Language of instruction: English Course Registration
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ITST231 Introduction to Italian Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period Sections

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian 303 and Romance Studies 221] Shifting Identities in Medieval and Early Modern Italy This is a course that aims at blending the visual and the literary arts that flourished in the Italian peninsula from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will follow a chronological order, moving from Dante to Machiavelli and Castiglione, from Giotto to Leonardo and Raphael. However, this order also reflects a geographical one, as different centers of patronage became prominent at different moments in time. We will therefore look at Palermo and Sicily during the 12th and 13th centuries, Florence and Tuscany from the 13th to the 16th, Milan-Venice in the 15th and 16th; finally, approaching the Rome of the Renaissance will also give us the opportunity to look at her ancient, classical heritage. We will read excerpts from some of the major texts that were produced in these various areas, and familiarize ourselves with the evolution...
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ITST232 Introduction to Italian Culture II: From the Modern to the Post-Colonial Age Sections

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
[Cross-listed with Italian 304] Colonial and Postcolonial Italy Often considered the least of major European colonial powers, Italy had expansionist ambitions since its Unification in 1861. At its peak during fascism, the Italian Empire annexed parts of Libya, Greece, Albania, Eritrea Ethiopia, and Somalia, in addition to a concession in Tianjin, China. But soon after WWII, the Italian public forgot about this history. Not until the 1990s when historians began to explore Italy’s colonial past. But so far Italians have not fully incorporated the country’s imperial history and its legacy into public discourse. Why did this phenomenon occur? And what implications did it have for today’s multiethnic Italian society, particularly when the country has been experiencing a Mediterranean refugee crisis and a surge of migrant entrepreneurship in its vibrant sector of small- and medium-sized enterprises? In addressing these questions, students will discuss mobility, class, gender, and race in relation to several case...
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ITST345 Italian Fascism in Interdisciplinary Perspective Sections

The cultural, literary, philosophical roots of Fascism and its evolution: its policies in literature, sports, cinema, architecture, racial legislation, and colonial adventures.

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
[Cross-listed with Romance Studies 222] Types and Archetypes of Fascism in the Age of the Crisis of Liberal Democracy This course aims at offering students with diverse backgrounds some foundational knowledge about the phenomenon of “xxx-ism” as, in successive incarnations, it arose and ran its course in the context of neo-Latin societies and cultures. Since the phenomenon originated in Italy, our primary focus will be the Italian peninsula. We will read Neville and make references to Bosworth, Mack Smith, Martin Clark, Procacci and other contemporary historians and sociologists. We will analyze works of theory, politics, fiction and memoirs from that age (by Marinetti, Moravia, Pirandello, Ungaretti, Carlo Levi); examine the architecture and fine arts of Mussolini's regime; and watch clips from films belonging to the genres of telefoni bianchi comedy (Camerini's Il Signor Max), war propaganda (Balbo's transatlantic flights, Rossellini's The White Ship) and historical “peplum” kolossals (Gallone's Scipio the African). Ultimately, the goal...
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ITST385 Italian Cinema: Neorealism Sections

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 432] From Rossellini to Fellini: Neorealism and its Legacy in Italian Cinema In the rubble-strewn world of the immediate post-Second World War period, the films by Rossellini, Visconti, De Santis and De Sica (and the scripts by Zavattini) amounted to a landmark event and established Italian Neorealism as a worldwide cause célèbre. This artistic movement, exemplary both in aesthetic achievements and ethical commitment, proved to reverberate durably in time. It influenced successive waves of younger Italian filmmakers who later became great auteurs in their own right; and it travelled widely in space, with an enormous impact on filmmakers the world over. The topics covered are the following. Before the midterm: General intro to the class; Italian cinema under Fascism; Rossellini: Rome Open City (1945); Rossellini: Paisan (1946); Visconti: The Earth Trembles (1948); Rossellini: Stromboli (1949). After the midterm: De Sica: Bicycle Thieves (1948); De Santis: Bitter Rice (1949); De Sica:...
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ITST413 Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy in Translation Sections

A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: <i>Vita Nuova</i>, <i>Convivio</i>, <i>Monarchia</i>, <i>Epistles</i>. Precludes credit for ITAL 403.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian 403 and RGLA 471] Dante and His World: The Divine Comedy in Translation Undoubtedly the best-known among all poems written in the Italian language during the last seven hundred years, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy takes us on a most unusual journey. We begin our travels quivering with the wayfarer at the outskirts of a ghastly dark forest, and we end up basking in the blissful light of a cosmic embrace. What makes such a change of perspective possible? It is the journey itself, answers Dante, who in his visionary exploration of “the beyond” is taught by his teachers, Virgil and Beatrice, how fearlessly to plumb the abysses and expanse of the human psyche. From exile to reintegration, from wretchedness to felicity, this is the story of a process of inner transmutation, whose liberating power has touched countless readers over the ages and across cultures. More than ever today Dante’s poem...
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ITST419 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture in Translation Sections

Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Precludes credit for ITAL 409.

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
[Cross-listed with Italian 409] Italy and China Since Marco Polo, Italy’s communication with China is the longest in Europe on written record. In the 20th century, increased mobility intensified cultural exchanges between the two countries. Leading Italian writers such as Italo Calvino continued to imagine Polo’s legacy, making him a main character in his masterpiece Invisible Cities (1972). During the early 1970s Cultural Revolution, Italy was among the first Western countries to establish diplomatic relations with Maoist China. During this time, prominent intellectuals, including Michelangelo Antonioni and Alberto Moravia, went there to witness the famous social engineering. The 1940s Italian neorealist cinema significantly influenced six-generation Chinese filmmakers including Wang Xiaoshuai in the 1990s. Since the 1980s, Italy has been the leading country in continental Europe to receive Chinese migrants, a phenomenon that led to significant media coverage to the present day. This course will examine these and other events by questioning notions...
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ITST432 Italian Cinema and Its Cultural Background Sections

Films with English subtitles. Precludes credit for ITAL 430. Course content will vary. May be taken twice for a total of 6 credits.

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 385] From Rossellini to Fellini: Neorealism and its Legacy in Italian Cinema In the rubble-strewn world of the immediate post-Second World War period, the films by Rossellini, Visconti, De Santis and De Sica (and the scripts by Zavattini) amounted to a landmark event and established Italian Neorealism as a worldwide cause célèbre. This artistic movement, exemplary both in aesthetic achievements and ethical commitment, proved to reverberate durably in time. It influenced successive waves of younger Italian filmmakers who later became great auteurs in their own right; and it travelled widely in space, with an enormous impact on filmmakers the world over. The topics covered are the following. Before the midterm: General intro to the class; Italian cinema under Fascism; Rossellini: Rome Open City (1945); Rossellini: Paisan (1946); Visconti: The Earth Trembles (1948); Rossellini: Stromboli (1949). After the midterm: De Sica: Bicycle Thieves (1948); De Santis: Bitter Rice (1949); De Sica:...
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