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Italian Course Descriptions: 2017/2018

 


ex: 101 = course NOT being offered (plain text)
ex: 101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

 = counts toward on-campus requirement for MINOR only
 = counts toward on campus requirement for MAJOR and MINOR

Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018 Min  Maj
101, 102, 103 101, 102, 103 101, 102, 103
104, 105 104, 105 104, 105
150,152, 252 150, 152, 252 150, 152, 252
199 199 199
201, 202, 203 201, 202, 203  201, 202, 203
252 252 252
301 301 301
303 303 303
305 305 305
307 307 307
317 317 317  
318 318 318  
319 319 319  
320 320 320
341 341 341
399 399 399
407, 407/507 407, 407/507 407, 407/507 ♦ 
408 408 408
410, 410/510 410, 410/510 410, 410/510 ♦ 
441, 441/551 441, 441/551 441, 441/551 ♦ 
444, 444/544 444, 444/544 444, 444/544 ♦ 
449, 449/549 449, 449/549 449, 449/549 ♦ 
461, 461/561 461, 461/561 461, 461/561 ♦ 
481, 481/581 481, 481/581 481, 481/581 ♦ 
490, 490/590 490, 490/590 490, 490/590 ♦ 
491, 491/591 491, 491/591 491, 491/591
607 607 607

 = counts toward on-campus requirement for MINOR only
 = counts toward on campus requirement for MAJOR and MINOR


 FALL 2017

ITAL 101: First-Year Italian- Various
Introduction to Italian stressing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Sequence. 

ITAL 150: Cultural Legacies of Italy- Hester
Italy’s contributions to world cultures includes topics such as modern Italian life, Italians in America, Italian cinema and its influence, the Italian Renaissance, Roman art, opera. Course taught in English. 

ITAL 201: Second-Year Italian- Various
Review of grammar, reading of short literary and cultural texts, development of speaking and writing skills. Sequence. Conducted in Italian. Prereq for 201: first-year language competence. 

ITAL 301: Cultura e lingua: l’Italia contemporanea- Ceccacci
Develop advanced language skills through a study of contemporary Italy focusing on the transformation of Italian cities due to the changing economy, immigration and emigration.  

ITAL 307: Oral Skills (2 credits)- Ventura
Practice in improving listening, comprehension, and oral skills in Italian. Communicative activities in class in addition to language laboratory work. Prereq: ITAL 203. 

ITAL 319: Italian Survey: 19th and 20th Centuries- De Renzo-Huter
Representative literary works from the 19th and 20th centuries with attention to literary analysis and literary history. Conducted in Italian. 

ITAL 320: Intensive Italian Grammar Review- Khalsa
Bridges second- and third-year culture and literature courses. Provides review, synthesis, consolidation, and elaboration of linguistic knowledge gained from lower-division courses. 

ITAL 407/507: Seminar: Italian Theory- Lollini

Is there a distinctive character of Italian theory? What are the original features of the “Italian difference”? Is there a common thread that unites contemporary Italian biopolitical theory and the origins of Italian literature and philosophy? We will start with a brief overview of the Italian approach to contemporary biopolitical issues from Giorgio Agamben to Roberto Esposito. Then we will split our focus from the most pressing current events to a broad analysis of the protagonists that invented the peculiarity of Italian thought and literature through the centuries. The course is organized in modules; students may choose to concentrate their interpretative efforts on two of the five modules: 1) The Origins: Middle Ages and Humanism (Dante, Pico, Leonardo); 2) Emergence of Biopolitics from Machiavelli to Cesare Beccaria; 3) Antinomies of the Moderns: Vico, Cuoco, Leopardi and De Sanctis; 4) Biopolitics and Geopolitics in Gramsci; 5) Biopolitics, the Principle of Impersonality, Gender and Queer theory (Agamben, Esposito, Bodei, Putino and De Stefano). The course is offered in Italian but the language may switch to English if RL Graduate students will enroll; they may choose to work in their target language (French and/or Spanish), and include in their projects authors concerned with Decolonial thought and re-definitions of Modernity such as Dussel, or with Biopolitics such as Foucault. Graduate students will choose which of the four MA periods to cover with this seminar.

ITAL 491/591: Queer Cinema- Rigoletto

This course focuses on the rich tradition of queer cinema made in Italy and in Europe from the 1940s to the present. By studying a number of key texts written by theorists such as Judith Butler Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Jack Halberstam and Jose Munoz, students will learn how ‘queer’ has emerged and developed as a category of critical analysis, whilst also reflecting on its usefulness for understanding the films under consideration.


 WINTER 2018

ITAL 101: First-Year Italian- Various
Introduction to Italian stressing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Sequence. 

ITAL 104, 105: Intensive First-Year Italian- Various
Covers in two terms the work of ITAL 101, 102, 103. Cannot be taken in any combination
with ITAL 101, 102, 103 to total more than 15 credits of first-year Italian. ↑

ITAL 201: Second-Year Italian- Various
Review of grammar, reading of short literary and cultural texts, development of speaking and writing skills. Sequence. Conducted in Italian. Prereq for 201: first-year language competence. 

ITAL 252: The Italian-American Experience- De Renzo-Huter
Overview of the Italian-American experience investigating the process of assimilation of
Italians into American life through the analysis of different cultural artifacts.

ITAL 305: Cultura e lingua: arte, musica, i mass media- Ceccacci
Artistic expressions over time and the influence of the mass media on social structures and
language. ↑

ITAL 307: Oral Skills (2 credits)- Ventura
Practice in improving listening, comprehension, and oral skills in Italian. Communicative activities in class in addition to language laboratory work. Prereq: ITAL 203. 

ITAL 318: Italian Survey: Baroque & Enlightenment -Lollini
Introduction to major themes and ideas in Italian literature from the baroque and
Enlightenment periods through the reading of representative texts. Conducted in Italian. ↑

ITAL 449/549: Travel Lit- Hester
Course description TBA



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