Italian

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
[117]    Italian Women Writers of the 20th Century     A look at cultural and social issues raised in the works of 20th-century women writers in Italy including the turn-of-the-century context, the fascist era's ideal woman, the post-World War II situation, the impact of the feminist movement, and contemporary experimentation. Readings include novels, short stories, and plays. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Three credit hours.  L, I.    

125f    Italian I    Basic comprehensive course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. Focus is on developing the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to gain fluency in Italian and on familiarizing students with basic aspects of Italian culture and geography. Learning in the classroom takes place entirely in Italian and is task based, involving group activities, interviews with fellow students, and role-playing exercises. Four credit hours.    MONGIAT FARINA

126s    Italian II    Continued basic comprehensive course for students with elementary knowledge (Italian 125 or equivalent) of Italian. Focus is on continuing development of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills introduced in Italian I, and on increasing students’ familiarity with aspects of Italian culture and geography. Learning in the classroom takes place entirely in Italian and is task based, involving group activities, interviews with fellow students, and role-playing exercises. Prerequisite: Italian 125. Four credit hours.    MONGIAT FARINA

127f    Italian III     Continued practice in listening and speaking skills; grammar review, with greater emphasis on writing. Reading and conversation topics taken from contemporary Italian literature; course materials convey a sense and understanding of contemporary Italian society. Prerequisite: Italian 126 or equivalent. Four credit hours.    GUIDARELLI

128s    Italian IV     Through readings of Italian authors (primarily 20th-century prose) and contemporary essayists, focus is on the regional differences that both enrich and confound Italian culture and society. Emphases are on reinforcing reading, speaking, and writing skills. Prerequisite: Italian 127 or equivalent. Four credit hours.    GUIDARELLI

131f    Italian Conversation and Composition     Enhances oral and written expression through the study of contemporary Italian culture and society. Topics of current interest such as Italian politics, the environment, immigration, or the South. Emphasis on increasing vocabulary, consolidating knowledge of advanced grammatical structures, learning to express and support opinions, and improving analytical skills and intercultural awareness. Intended for students who have completed Italian 128 or placed beyond it. Students who have already studied abroad on a departmentally approved program should enroll in Italian 237. Prerequisite: Italian 128 or equivalent. Four credit hours.    GUIDARELLI

153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona    A close study of six authors whose work spans the period of World War II to the present. Readings include Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Leonardo Sciascia's The Day of the Owl, Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Giorgio Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi Contini, Natalia Ginzburg's All Our Yesterdays, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Italian cultural centers around Verona, and short classes in survival Italian. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Cost: $3,000. Three credit hours.  L.    BRANCACCIO

235fs    Italian Conversation    An informal, weekly, small-group meeting for conversation practice, led by the Italian language assistant. Topics will vary, to include everyday life experience, contemporary culture and media, and literature. Conducted in Italian. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Italian 127 (may be taken concurrently) or prior study-abroad experience in Italy. One credit hour.    GERI

237s    Advanced Italian Conversation and Composition     Focus on aspects of Italian culture, history, and social issues through the reading of a contemporary novel, short stories, and selected articles. Emphasis on expanding vocabulary, reviewing advanced grammatical structures, and improving analytical skills. Course work includes oral and written assignments, films, and exams. Conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: Italian 128. Four credit hours.    GUIDARELLI

254s    Dante's Divine Comedy (in English)     Introduces Dante's Divine Comedy as an enduring work of poetry, a stunning portrait of Medieval Europe, a foundational text of Western culture. Through close analysis we follow Dante's journey through the realms of the Christian afterlife, in which he voices the tension between God's perfect grace and man's free will but never gives up searching for truth and earthly justice. A committed citizen facing exile from his city of Florence, a man of faith criticizing contemporary church-state relations, a poet seeking fame, Dante chants the glories of his time but also exposes the dark side of his civilization, confronting issues still relevant. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Four credit hours.  L.    MONGIAT FARINA

[354]    Rome Between the Sacred and the Profane     Writers and artists since antiquity have represented Rome as simultaneously beautiful and ugly, pure and impure, ancient and modern, sacred and profane. Rome's dual status as spiritual capital of the Catholic world and secular capital of the Italian state has contributed to vexing social and political dilemmas of 19th- and 20th-century Italy, from the Unification and the so-called “Roman Question” to the terrorism of the Years of Lead. Explores how literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of modern Rome articulated and elaborated upon the city's contrasting identities and the role of those competing identities in formation of the modern Italian state. Prerequisite: Italian 237 or equivalent. Four credit hours.    

355f    Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature: A User's Manual     How can I become a better citizen and inspire others to do the same? What do I need to be well-rounded? What are the qualities and skills of a successful politician? Is fortune stronger than a person's will? How does our past shape our future? Pressing questions of Medieval and Renaissance Italian poets and writers. Reading masterpieces such as Dante's Commedia, Boccaccio's Decamerone, Machiavelli's Principe, Castiglione's Cortegiano, and Fonte's Il merito delle donne, we will explore their answers. To do so we will learn to understand and appreciate their language and style, and reflect on the continuity and changes between Medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary Italian language and culture. Prerequisite: Italian 237 or equivalent. Four credit hours.  L.    MONGIAT FARINA

398s    Futurism: Literature and Painting     What is Futurism? Can it still speak to our future? The first manifesto of Futurism celebrated the beauty of the car and of speed and violently rejected the past. "We wish to destroy museums, libraries, academies of any sort!" exclaimed it adherents. Futurist artists contributed to different art forms like literature, the visual arts, theater, music, architecture, fashion, and cuisine. Focuses on literary texts, paintings, and sculptures by futurists Marinetti, Palazzeschi, Boccioni, and Balla, investigating as well how futurist artists struggled to create a modern Italian aesthetics. Prerequisite: Italian 237 or equivalent. Four credit hours.  L.    GUIDARELLI

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two to four credit hours.