2017-2018


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.

f – Ferrando – MTWF / 9-9:50 + 10-10:50


IT125j – Italian I in Genova

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. A full immersion environment allows students to practice continually what they learn, while enjoying the beauty of Italy. Conducted in Genova, Italy. Estimated cost: $3,500.     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.

s – Rizzo – MTWF / 9-9:50 + 10-10:50


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.

f – Rizzo – MTWR / 10-10:50 + 11-11:50


[IT128s] – Italian Through Film and Visual Culture

Through an in-depth study of film and visual media, students will improve their understanding of Italian language and culture as well as master increasingly complex grammatical structures. They will gain knowledge of different aspects of Italian society and history as depicted in film, television, and the visual arts. Oral and written work will allow students to improve linguistic skills and expand cultural knowledge creatively. Prerequisite:  Italian 127 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.

s – Ferrando – MWF / 12-12:50


IT141f – Introduction to Italian Literary Studies: Poets, Lovers, and Revolutionaries

In this discussion-intensive course, we will explore the most enduring topics of Italian culture: the nature of love, the role of the artist in society, and the experience of time and death. Students will learn about different artistic genres (lyric poetry, short story, novel, film, contemporary song) and hone analytic skills and writing (rhetorical figures, form-content, stylistics). Students will become familiar with key periods of Italian culture and famous authors (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Leopardi, Montale, Moravia, Maraini, Deledda, Calvino). In Italian. Prerequisite:  Italian 128 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.

f – Ferrando – MWF / 12-12:50


[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

Held in Verona, Italy, a close study of six authors whose work spans the 20th century, including Silvia Bonucci’s Voices from a Time, Cesare Pavese’s The Moon and the Bonfires, Leonardo Sciascia’s To Each His Own, and Giuseppe Lampedusa’s The Leopard. Field trips to Venice and Italian cultural centers around Verona. Written work required: three analytical papers. Cost: $3,300.     Three credit hours.  L.

j – Brancaccio


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.

f – Language Assistant 
s – Language Assistant


[IT255] – Modern Classics, Italian Style

An overview of some of the most relevant and interesting texts (visual, cinematic, literary, and musical) of the 20th century, while strengthening the linguistic skills acquired so far. We will begin with Futurismo, the first of the historical avant-gardes, an artistic movement that originated in Italy and set out to change everything: music, theater, literature, painting, sculpture, and food. Every week students will engage a different text, from pop music to cinema and literature, learning how to appreciate its history and to enjoy its beauty. Prerequisite:  Italian 128.     Four credit hours.  L.


[IT257] – Renaissance Heroes: Knights, Giants, and Gypsies (in English)

Beginning with the Chanson de Roland, late medieval and Renaissance epic poetry has told the stories of mighty knights, their loves, their deeds, and their arms. An introduction to this remarkable corpus of literature, tracing its evolution across different centuries and different languages, with a particular focus on its comic components. Reading assignments will include passages from Boiardo, Ariosto, Pulci, Folengo, Rabelais, and Cervantes. Taught in English.     Four credit hours.  L.


[IT262s] – Topics in Italian Cultural Studies – Tales from the Margins: The Poor, the Inept, and the Mad

Italy’s history is characterized by tensions: north/south, periphery/center, church/state, native/foreigner to name several. In a nation often viewed as divided, questions about identity, tradition, and the “other” are hotly debated. We will address these issues through topics in cultural studies: politics, law, gender, immigration, religion, etc. Study of short stories and film will hone skills in textual and film analysis and develop critical thinking. Authors/directors: Verga, Pirandello, Moravia, Primo Levi, Deledda, Rossellini, Ginzburg, Calvino, Maraini, Pasolini, Benni, Amelio. In Italian. Prerequisite:  Italian 141 or equivalent.      Four credit hours.  L, I.


[IT298s] – Noisemakers. Tracing the Origins of Modern Music in Italy (in English)

We will explore the history of noise and its impact on 20th-century Italian music. In a multimedia environment that fosters an atmosphere of creative collaboration and encourages creative confidence, students will produce digital soundmaps of the city of Waterville and the Colby campus. Sources will include music, sound/noise clips, manifestos, poetry, short stories, essays, city plans, historical accounts, scholarly works, and online archives as well as other digital humanities projects. The lab will travel to Harvard for a conversation with the Harvard Group for New Music. Origins humanities lab. In English. No prerequisites       Four credit hours.  L.

s – Ferrando – MW / 11-12:15


[IT356] – Introduction to Dante’s Divine Comedy (in English)

Dante’s Divine Comedy is one of the foundational texts of the Western canon. This class will provide students with an introduction to Dante, his times, and his cultural milieu through a critical reading of The Divine Comedy and other selected works (such as the Rime, Vita Nuova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, and the Epistle to Cangrande). We will investigate Dante’s relationship with authority, tradition, and faith, and explore his particular understanding of love as a path to knowledge and of literature as a way to salvation. Students will be challenged to find Dante’s lasting influence on contemporary culture in the works of modern authors, both in the Italian-speaking and English-speaking worlds. All lectures and class materials will be in English.       One credit hour.


[IT361] – 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.


[IT372] – Boccaccio and Petrarch: Birth of Modernity

Boccaccio and Petrarch lived at a revolutionary moment in Italian history, at the dawn of modernity (e.g., vast cultural explosion, increasing globalization and democracy, crisis of political-religious authority). We will examine how these two colleagues responded to and helped create a new world that often resembles our own, as well as how they considered the major debates of the day: the relationship between secular and religious, past and present, elite and popular, and the self and God. Texts to be studied include the Decameron, Canzoniere, Corbaccio, Secretum, and letters. In Italian. Prerequisite:  Italian 131 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.


[IT375] – Comedy, Italian Style: The Golden Age of Italian Film Comedy

Traces the evolution of the film comedy across three decades of Italian cinematic life through the lens of the commedia all’italiana (Italian-style comedy, 1950s-1970s). Beyond their ability to entertain, these popular comedies also served as a crucial means for exploring via humor the social and political upheaval unfolding throughout Italy during this historical period. Skills of critical analysis will be honed through readings on the history and theory of cinema and screenings of films by such celebrated directors as Fellini, De Sica, Monicelli, Germi, Wertmüller, and others. Prerequisite:  Italian 237.     Four credit hours.  A.


[IT397] – Italian Food in Practice: A Hands-On Cultural History

We will trace the historical evolution of Italian food culture in the geographical and cultural context of the Mediterranean since classical times. The focus will be on understanding the extraordinary significance of food for Italian national identity, by exploring its evolution through various historical, cross-cultural, and theoretical perspectives, drawing from history, anthropology, sociology, art, and literature. During the weekly lab we will familiarize ourselves with ingredients, practice basic cooking techniques, learn fundamental preparations, and prepare classic Italian recipes. Prerequisite: Italian 141.       Four credit hours.


[IT397f] – City of Water. Uncovering Milan’s Aquatic Geographies (in English)

In this Humanities Lab, students will explore the cultural history of water in Milan, Italy’s self-described ‘city of water,’ in a multimedia environment that fosters an atmosphere of creative collaboration and encourages creative design. Students will turn from consumers of information into producers of cultural artifacts by generating searchable, annotated, thick maps of Milan and disseminating them outside the classroom. Primary sources will include photographs, maps, poems, short stories, essays, graphic novels, comics, manifestos, music, city plans, and historical accounts. Secondary sources will comprise scholarly works, online archives as well as other digital humanities projects. Prerequisite: Italian 141.          Four credit hours.  L.


IT397Af – Zine! A Practical Introduction to Contemporary Poetry

Offers students an opportunity to engage directly with some of the most exciting poetry written in the past few decades, create their own texts, and collect them in a zine (a minimalist paper journal) we will be editing. First, we will become familiar with the most common non-lyrical poetic techniques (chance-based, collage, automatic writing, etc.), as well as the artists that invented and practiced them over the past few decades. Then, we will compose brand new poems, to be included in our very own zine. Guest lectures and field trips will enhance the class experience. Origins humanities lab.  Prerequisite: Italian 141.  Four credit hours.   L.

f – Rizzo – MW / 2:30-3:45


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