Fall 2007

Undergraduate Offerings:
Introductory Courses
Intermediate Courses
Advanced Courses
Courses in English

Graduate Offerings


Undergraduate Courses

See the Fall 2007 schedule of classes for more specific infomation on sections, meeting times, and index numbers.
Click HERE for the online version.

Introductory Courses

560:101
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN (4 Credits)
Not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of high school Italian. Speaking, reading, writing; oral-aural and written exercises.

560:102
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN (4 credits)
Not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of high school Italian. Speaking, reading, writing; oral-aural and written exercises.
Prerequisite: 560:101

560:107
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN LAB (1 credit)
Instructor-guided laboratory practicum based on intensive use of media and designed for the improvement of aural/oral skills. Practice involves the use of Italian 101 text-related audio and video tapes, individual and group work, and recording of student speech for evaluation of pronunciation and fluency.
Corequisite: 560:101

560:108
ELEMENTARY ITALIAN LAB (1 credit)
Instructor-guided laboratory practicum based on intensive use of media and designed for the improvement of aural/oral skills. Practice involves the use of Italian 102 text-related audio and video tapes, individual and group work, and recording of student speech for evaluation of pronunciation and fluency.
Corequisite: 560:102

Intermediate Courses

560:123
CONVERSATION (3)
For students enrolled in Intermediate Italian and others who wish to develop fluency in speaking. Not open to students who have taken 300-level courses.

560:124
CONVERSATION (3)
For students enrolled in Intermediate Italian who wish to develop fluency in speaking.

 560:131
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN(4)
Development of fluency and accuracy in speech and composition; current reading materials.
Prerequisite: Italian 102 or equivalent.

560:132
INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN (4)
Development of fluency and accuracy in speech and composition; current reading materials.
Prerequisite: Italian 131 or equivalent

Advanced Courses

560:250
ITALIAN COMPOSITION & STYLISTICS (3)
Study and practice in composition to improve skills for written Italian. Analysis and imitation of writing styles and forms; vocabulary development, syntax; frequent written exercises.
Prerequisite: Italian 132 or Departmental permission

560:305
ADV. LANG. & LITERATURE (3)
Refinement of speaking and writing ability. Study of advanced grammar. Introduction to the study of Italian literature
Prerequisite: Italian 250

560:306
ADV. LANG. & LITERATURE (3)
Refinement of speaking and writing ability. Study of advanced grammar. Introduction to the study of Italian literature.
Prerequisite: Italian 305
 

560:321
ADV. CONVERSATION-CIVILIZATION (3)
Development of conversational ability through discussion of significant historical, social, and cultural movements in Italy.

560:341
ITALIAN LIT. OF THE 19 TH C. (3)
Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Verismo. Readings from Foscolo, Manzoni, Leopardi, Carducci, Pascoli, Verga, D'Annunzio, and others.

Prerequisite: Italian 305 or 306

560:371
ITALIAN THEATER (3)

A survey of Italian theatrical  masterpieces combined with the creative component of writing and performing a play in Italian by the class.

Prerequisite: Italian 250

Courses in English
Courses taught in English may not be used in satisfaction of major or minor requirements unless noted otherwise.*

560:232
ITALIAN CULTURE (3)
Italy’s historical, social, and cultural evolution; achievements and contributions to Western civilization.

560:335
ITALIAN OPERA, I (3)
Italian Opera and its cultural milieu from its origin to the present. Libretti and related literature, recordings, and possible attendance at performances.

560:340
THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (3)
Literature of the struggle for survival, adaptation, and successof Italiansin the U.S.; their search for identity; their impact on the development of American life and culture.
***By special permission, it will count towards the Major in Italian.

560:346
THE ITALIAN CINEMA (3)
Development of cinema in Italy; its rebirth after World War II and the achievements of the major Italian directors.

560:358
AUTHORITY, LITERATURE, & POWER IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE (3)
An interdisciplinary investigation of early modern Italian culture, seen through the perspective of power structures.
***By special permission the course will count toward the Major in Italian.


Graduate Courses


560:613
ITALIAN LITERATURE OF THE 14 TH C. - PETRARCH (Laura S. White)

T 4;30-7:10 pm

The course will focus on Petrarch, his Latin works: De Vita Solitaria, Secretum, Epistles, and his poetry in Italian, the Canzoniere. Petrarch's role in the development of Humanistic Studies as well as the seminal influence of his lyric will be analyzed.

560:615
HUMANIST LITERATURE OF THE QUATTROCENTO (David Marsh)

Th 4:30-7:10 pm

Using Garin's classic Prosatori latini del Quattrocento, this seminar offers an introduction to the most important Humanists of fifteenth-century Italy, including Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, Leon Battista Alberti, Lorenzo Valla, Giovanni Pontano, and Angelo Poliziano. Special emphasis is placed on the literary genres favored by the Humanists - epistles, histories, and dialogues - and their intellectual achievements are considered in the larger cultural and artistic context of the early Renaissance, illustrated by slide lectures and musical recordings. There are several short quizzes and a term paper.

Language of instruction: Italian
Some texts are available in translation

560:622
FASHIONING THE COURT AND CONSTRUCTING GENDER IDENTITY IN EARLY MODERN ITALY (Andrea Baldi)

W 4:30-7:10 pm

The course - taught in Italian - will explore the seminal tradition of conduct books in 16th century Italy, starting with Castiglione's Book of the Courtier. We will look at how these works rely on classical archetypes for pardigms of behavior as well as rhetorical authorization, while founding a modern aesthetics. In examining these cultural and ideological models, we will devote special attention to the notion of courtly life shaped in a variety of textual genres, from comedy (Aretino's Cortegiana) to pastoral (Tasso's Aminta) and tragedy (Tasso's Re Torrismondo). We will also discuss some parodic revisions of these paradigms, such as Piccolomini's Raffaella and Aretino's dialogues. Expanding the analysis to the construction of gender and social roles in Renaissance Italy, we will address the notion of women's identity as it is codified in lesser-known treatises. Canonical dictates will be compared to the first women's responses to the male-authored tradition, namely Fonte's Worth of Women and Marinella's The Virtues of Women and the Defects of Men

Language of instruction: Italian
The works discussed above are available in English translation


560:653

ITALIAN NOVEL OF THE 20 TH C. (Elizabeth Leake)

F 10:30 am- 1:10 pm

The course will examine some of the major works of 20th century Italian fiction by Pirandello, Svevo, Drigo, Vittorini, Pavese, Morante, Calvino, and Tommasi di Lampedusa. Special focus will be on representations of the modernist subject.

Language of instruction: English
Most texts are available in English and Italian

 
 




 
 




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