IT125A/Bf – 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 – Professor Cannamela – MTWR / 9-9:50 & 10-10:50

IT125 – 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.

[IT126A/Bs] – 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 gained 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 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.

s – Professor Cannamela – MTWR / 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.     Four credit hours.

f – Professor 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. Study 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 – Professor Rizzo – M-W-F / 1-1:50

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 – Professor Rizzo – T-R / 2:30-3:45

[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.     

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 – Penta – R / 6:00-6:50
s – Penta – TBD

[IT242s] – Italian Ecopoetics: Beauty, Loss, Desire

In the last few decades, literature and the arts have addressed the environmental crisis through creative representations. Yet, are these ecopoetics exclusively environmentalist works? Or can more traditional nature writing foster an ecocritical discourse? This course explores these key questions by investigating how in the 20th and 21st centuries Italian poets, artists, and directors have reworked the classical motif of the beautiful place–a place where beauty, loss, and desire intermingle. Beauty surprisingly becomes a lens to represent and interpret the complex interconnection of environmental and sociocultural issues. Taught in English.

s – Professor Cannamela – M-W / 2:30-3:45

IT244f Pastoral Cookbook: Classic Recipes and New Cooking Techniques

Investigates the idea of the pastoral as a “comfort food recipe” rooted in the classical tradition, whose simple ingredients have inspired sophisticated “cooking techniques” and contemporary reinventions. Students will explore four ingredients–milk, root vegetables, meat, and honey–through literary and visual texts, and theories in the environmental humanities. They will also engage in experiential learning by visiting local organic farms. Students will share their findings in a digital pastoral cookbook in which recipes and stories from the farms are connected with ancient and contemporary narratives of pastoral landscapes. Taught in English. Freedom and Captivity humanities lab.
f – Professor Cannamela – MW / 2:30 – 3:45


[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 Art

Examines art created north and south of the Alps from the 14th through 16th century in relation to historical, theological, cultural, scientific, economic, social, and artistic contexts. Explores patrons’ values and motives, the meanings and functions of artworks in a variety of media (painting, sculpture, architecture, decorative arts, and prints), and the interactions between European artistic centers and artists. Themes include the importance of mathematical perspective, the impact of ancient art, and the development of art’s power to create a compelling illusion of reality. Students take two exams and write a research-based paper.   

f – Professor Plesch – TR / 1:00 – 2:15

[IT262] – 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.

[IT297/ST297] – Nature in Italian Literature and Film (in English)

What is the relationship between nature and literature? Can literature have a concrete impact on our shared territory and urban topographies? Who have been the most influential nature writers, poets, and filmmakers in Italy? In this Environmental Humanities Lab, we will read a variety of literary and visual texts ecocritically, discuss different forms of nature writing and film from 1835 to 2017, and read the theoretical discourse on nature and the environment that has emerged and shaped our view of the natural world since the 1950s. This Lab includes a Digital Humanities component in the form of an interactive digital exhibit of Italy’s land- and soundscapes that will be created and curated by the students. Environmental humanities lab. In English. No prerequisites.

[IT346f] – Geographics of R/existence: 70s Liberation Movement in Italy

Explores three Italian liberation movements of the 1970s-early 1980s: the femminismo della differenza (feminism of sexual difference), the gay liberation front (in particular, the radical thought of Mario Mieli), and the trans* movement. The goal is to investigate how these interrelated movements trace new embodied and political geographies. The Italian 1970s debate about gender and sexuality becomes a platform that can spur dialogue across cultures while suggesting new modes of thinking, doing, and being. Taught in English. Boundaries and Margins humanities lab.  

[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.      

[IT357] – F for Fake: Forgery, Fiction, Art of Lying

This course traces the evolution and explores the meaning of fakes, fiction, and hoaxes in Western art and literature in order to call into question conventional ideas of authorship, readership, and text. The seminar will begin by defining core terms such as forgery, parody, hoax, and fiction. We will see how each of these terms is defined by a particular author/audience relation. Subsequently, we will be looking at a series of “case studies” containing historical examples from each of the terms, supplemented with a selection of critical readings that will enhance students’ appreciation of the aesthetic and epistemological implications of the texts at issue. Taught in English.     Four credit hours.  L.

[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.

[IT373s] – 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.

[IT375] – Introduction to Italian Cinema (in English)

Offers an introduction to Italian film from the 1950s to the present day, with special emphasis on commedia all’italiana (Italian-style comedy, 1950s-1970s). Beyond their ability to entertain, these popular films also served as a crucial means for exploring via humor the social and political upheaval unfolding throughout Italy during the last several decades. 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.     Four credit hoursA. 

[IT397] – 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.

IT398 – A Practical Introduction to Literary Translation

A hands-on introduction to the subtle and most rewarding craft of literary translation. This Humanities Lab is open to students interested in translating from Italian, Latin, Spanish, and French into English. Students will choose the vast majority of texts they will work on. The course is open to all students, but foreign language majors and minors are particularly encouraged to enroll. We will begin with a few key theoretical essays to help us focus on the salient differences that set literature apart from other kinds of texts. Then we will dedicate the majority of the semester to hone our translating skills. Humanities lab coursePrerequisite: Completion of the language requirement.

s – Professor Rizzo – MW / 2:30 – 3:45

[IT491, 492] – 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