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IT125f 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. HENNESSEY
IT125Jj Italian I in Sicily 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. Conducted in Italy. Cost: $3,550. Three credit hours.
IT126s 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. KRIESEL
IT127f 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. Prerequisite: Italian 126 or equivalent. Four credit hours. HENNESSEY
IT128s Italian IV Designed to deepen the understanding of Italian language and culture as well as to introduce increasingly complex grammatical structures. Study of different aspects of contemporary Italian society, as well as literature, music, and films. Through oral and written work, students will use creatively the acquired linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite: Italian 127 or equivalent. Prerequisite: Italian 127 or equivalent. Four credit hours. HENNESSEY
IT131f Italian Conversation and Composition Study of contemporary Italian novel, short stories, articles, and films to increase vocabulary, consolidate knowledge of advanced grammatical structures, learn to express and support opinions, and improve analytical skills and intercultural awareness. Prepares students to engage in topics of current interest such as Italian politics, the environment, immigration, fictional representation of women, and the south. Students will produce short samples of their own critical and creative writings. Oral presentations provide the opportunity to situate literary texts and films within a broader historical, cultural, and literary context. Prerequisite: Italian 128 or equivalent. Four credit hours. KRIESEL
[IT151] A Cinema of Social Conscience (in English) Many films owe a debt to the radical sociopolitical and artistic mandates of Italian neorealism. A survey of Italian cinema since World War II, emphasizing the neorealist movement and its influence on subsequent filmmakers. Readings and discussions situate films within their social and historical contexts, from the partisan resistance movement of World War II and economic boom of the postwar years to the terrorism of the '70s and '80s and the corruption scandals that plague Italy today. The elements and strategies of film as a medium are also explored in weekly readings, discussions, and analyses. Taught in English. Films screened in Italian with English subtitles. Four credit hours. A, I.
IT153j Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona A close study of six authors whose work spans the 20th century. Readings include Gabriele D'Annunzio's The Flame of Life, Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Luigi Pirandello's The Late Mattia Pascal, Giorgio Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi Contini, Leonardo Sciascia's The Day of the Owl, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Italian cultural centers around Verona and short classes in survival Italian. Written work required: three analytical papers. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Cost: $3,000. Three credit hours. L. BRANCACCIO
IT197f The Myth of America in Italy The image of America and Americans has long influenced Italian writers and film makers, popular culture, and intellectual debate. Through film screenings and discussion, this seminar focuses on the origins of the image of America in Italy, from the period between the two wars and the years of the so-called 'boom economico' until today. Students will gain skills in film analysis and knowledge about Italian culture. Response papers will allow students to develop skills in critical thinking and analytical writing. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One credit hour. HENNESSEY, KRIESEL
IT235fs 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. SARTONI
IT237s 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. HENNESSEY
[IT254] 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.
[IT262] Italian Cinema and Subversion (in English) An exploration of the ways in which Italian filmmakers from Visconti to Bellocchio have challenged oppressive social, political, and cultural institutions such as family, church, and state, as well as more abstract issues such as the construction of gender and identity in a patriarchal society. In addition to weekly film screenings, course work will include theoretical, historical, and cultural readings to increase understanding of the form, content, and context of each film. Taught in English (films screened in Italian with English subtitles). Previously offered as Italian 297 (fall 2008). Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent study of formal film analysis is recommended but not required. Four credit hours.
IT298s Divine-Mystical Visions (in English) From the Middle Ages to today, Italian writers, directors, and theologians have debated two questions: how can one know and represent the divine? Such reflection prompts consideration of the core issues of human existence: the limits of art and knowledge; the nature and purpose of religion, politics, sex. Study of Italian visionary art from the origins of Italian literature to contemporary film will hone skills in textual and film analysis. Debate about the veracity and purpose of visions will develop critical thinking. Texts and films studied: the Bible, Pseudo-Dionysius, Augustine, Angela of Foligno, Catherine of Siena, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Machiavelli, Freud, Rossellini, and Pasolini. Four credit hours. KRIESEL
[IT354] 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.
[IT355] Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature: A User's Manual How can I become a better citizen of my community and inspire others to do the same? What are the qualities and skills of a successful politician? How does our past shape our future? These were some of the 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. We will also learn to understand and appreciate their language and style and will reflect on both the continuity and change between medieval, Renaissance, and contemporary Italian language and culture. Prerequisite: Italian 237 or equivalent. Four credit hours. L.
IT361f Love, Sex, and Romance in Italy In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the concept of love played a fundamental role in every field of study: for example, cosmology, linguistics, literary theory, medicine, and theology. Students will study the manner in which premodern authors theorized love by analyzing literary texts of a variety of genres (e.g., lyric poetry, epic, short story), as well as other media (e.g., painting, music, architecture). Authors to be studied include Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de' Medici, Ariosto, and Bembo. Prerequisite: Italian 237 or equivalent. Four credit hours. L. KRIESEL
IT491f, 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. FACULTY