Italian Courses

 

Winter 2019/20

Winter 2019

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" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Italian I 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" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Italian II 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.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Term 1" style="accordion-style1"] Elementary 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, principles in 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 course, 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...
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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.

Elementary 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 A2 language level. More specifically, upon successful completion of Italian 202 course, students “communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters and can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.” 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 assess their own progress in all four language skills and on their cultural...
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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 I 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 202. Textbook: TBA Prerequisite:...
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ITAL301 Third-Year Italian I Sections

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

Instructor(s): Canuto, Luisa
Intermediate 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 muoversi 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.

Instructor(s): Zampieri, Elena
Intermediate Italian II ITAL 302 sviluppa ulteriore le competenze linguistiche e culturali degli studenti e li prepara a raggiungere e completare il livello intermedio o B1, come descritto nel Quadro comune europeo di riferimento per la conoscenza delle lingue 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 approfondire i differenti temi morfosintattici....
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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] 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 of the visual...
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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: Vita Nuova, Convivio, Monarchia, Epistles. Precludes credit for ITST 413.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian Studies 413] 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 is apt...
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Winter 2019

ITST110 "Made in Italy" Sections

Where do Italy's glamour, lifestyle, traditions come from? This course introduces Italy's multifaceted ways of being and the cultural creations of the peninsula in their context.

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
Made in Italy What does it mean to be Italian? What does Italy stand for? This course surveys post-WWII “Made in Italy” traditions, symbols, reputations, and products in their local and global contexts. We examine Italian cities, Renaissance arts, fashion, neorealism, folklore, the Southern Question, fascism, postwar economic boom, gender, gastronomy, life styles, organized crime, and music in relation to forms of mobility, including wars, artistic movements, tourism, diaspora, colonialism, immigration, and refugees. The course gives students a foundational knowledge of modern and contemporary Italian culture. The language of instruction is English. No prior knowledge is required. Students from any discipline are welcome. Required readings: A list of required readings and films will be included in the course syllabus. 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

The shift from the Medieval to the Early Modern worldview, explored through some of the major representatives of the verbal and visual arts, from Dante to Machiavelli, from Giotto to Leonardo.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian 303] 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 of the visual arts. If...
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ITST232 Introduction to Italian Culture II: From the Modern to the Post-Colonial Age Sections

The debate around nation vs. empire vs. republic, from the Napoleonic age to our days, as captured in Italy's microcosm, condensing and often anticipating issues that have later become global.

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
Food Cultures and Italy Italy is world-renowned for its food cultures and Italians put great care into food preparation, consumption, and appreciation. It’s no wonder that Italian food-related themes permeate the country’s cultural life and beyond. This course will examine representations of Italian or Italian-derived foodways and the role they play in articulating larger issues concerning contemporary Italy, including regionalism, anti-globalization, family history, gender identities, Italian American food, tourism in Italy, and immigration to Italy. Students will form a complex picture of Italy’s relationships with food cultures in a global context. Class assignments and final projects will allow students to explore their critical and/or creative views of class materials. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Italian. But it requires a passion for Italian food and culture! Required readings: TBA Prerequisite: None Language of instruction: English Course Registration
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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 RMST 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 of...
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ITST385 Italian Cinema: Neorealism Sections

A survey of the major classics of post-WWII Italian Neorealism in cinema emphasizing their historical, political, social, philosophical and technical contexts.

Instructor(s): Testa, Carlo
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: Umberto D. (1952); Lattuada:...
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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: Vita Nuova, Convivio, Monarchia, Epistles. Precludes credit for ITAL 403.

Instructor(s): Boccassini, Daniela
[Cross-listed with Italian 403] 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 is apt to...
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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): Dagnino, Arianna
Italian Noir: Detective, crime and suspense fiction on the page, the screen, and in-between “Hunger and love, and their various, countless derivations, were the root causes of every murder” (De Giovanni, By my Hand). If you look for noir in an Italian bookstore, you’ll find it under the heading “gialli,” which means “yellows,” because the genre arrived in Italy in the 1930s with a series of translations of British and American crime novels with yellow covers. Since the end of WWII, noir (or better, yellow) Italian fiction has been instrumental in revisiting dark and violent eras of the country’s past (the Cold War, the “Years of Lead”, Black and Red Terrorism) and the haunting presence of national and international organized crime. This course offers a journey into the depths and writing techniques of detective, crime, and suspense fiction in the company of the Italian masters of the genre. If Italy’s tourist dream is enveloped...
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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): Zhang, Gaoheng
Love and Sex in Italian Cinema Italy, cinema, and romantic love are closely associated concepts for many people. William Wyler’s wildly popular film Roman Holiday (1953) stands as a powerful testament to this perception. What does Italian cinema say about this subject? This course will explore nuances of love, sex, desire, and eroticism in Italian cinema within the country’s post-WWII historical, socio-political, and cultural milieus. The course’s three units— “masculinities,” “femininities,” and “stardom”—will cover a range of focused discussions of tropes and notions of gender and sexuality in cinema. Students will learn to contextualize contemporary Italian cinematic depictions of love and to apply critical concepts from gender studies to film analysis. All films have English subtitles. Textbooks (REQUIRED): TBA Prerequisite: None Language of instruction: English Course Registration
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Summer 2019

Summer 2019

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" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Italian I 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" style="accordion-style1"] Beginners' Italian II 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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Summer 2019
No ITST course(s) were found for S2019 term.