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Italian Course Descriptions: 2018/2019

**TENTATIVE COURSE OFFERINGS, SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

101 = course being offered (bold & underline)

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

Course Catalog  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Min  Maj
101, 102, 103 101 102 103
104, 105 104  105
150,152, 252 150 152 252
199
201, 202, 203 201
252
301
303
305
307
317 317  
318 318  
319 319  
320 320
341
399 399
407, 407/507 ♦ 
408 408
410, 410/510 ♦ 
441, 441/551 ♦ 
444, 444/544 ♦ 
449, 449/549 449/549 ♦ 
461, 461/561 ♦ 
481, 481/581 ♦ 
490, 490/590 ♦ 
491, 491/591 491/591
607

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



FALL 2018

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 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: Mediterranean Ecologies South- Garvin
This interdisciplinary course bridges the arts and the sciences, introducing you to human-land relationships across Southern Italy, North Africa, and East Africa.  Together, we will explore the Green Humanities in the greater Mediterranean: we will analyze activist artwork inspired by earthquakes and volcanoes.  We will read investigative reporting on the eco-mafia and discuss the meaning of their slogan, “Trash is Gold.” Our Scientific Speaker Series brings technical experts into the classroom: for example, you will be able to discuss the art and architecture of Pompeii with an expert on vulcanology.  Materials emphasize long-form journalism and documentary film, because these forms of writing and filmmaking craft compelling stories to support sustainability across government and industry. So too do assignments: you will create an online portfolio exploring environmental themes, including a weekly photojournal, a mini-podcast series, and a Youtube video. This is the place for you to deeply interact with your favorite parts of the course materials, and to go further in asking the big questions: How do people and places affect one another?  How should governments prepare for natural disaster?  How can art, film, and literature to promote sustainable practices in industry?  By the end of this course, you will be able to speak about ecological phenomena in vivid, human terms.

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.




WINTER 2019

ITAL 102: First-Year Italian- Various
Introduction to Italian stressing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Sequence.

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 152: Italian Cinema- Feminist Lens: Italian and French Women in Film- Garvin
The theories and works of the major Italian filmmakers; topics in Italian history and culture;
introduction to film analysis.

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 399: Mediterranean Foodways- Garvin
Mediterranean foodways show how Italy, France, and Spain connect through common politics, geography and trade routes. This course uses food as a lens to introduce you to Southern European culture and to examine broader questions of national identity in global Europe.  To do so, we will examine culinary culture like cookbooks, recipes, and menus alongside classic examples of food-themed literature and film.  This introductory course will provide you with a toolkit for scholarship at the university level: weekly readings and viewings will teach you how to understand Mediterranean history through food and culture, moving from French novels like Zola’s Belly of Paris and Colette’s Gigi to Italian manifestos like Marinetti’s “Futurist Cuisine” and Petrini’s “Slow Food.”   Collaboration guides this course: blogging shows you how to connect with fellow scholars online, and prepares you for the course capstone: a group presentation on Mediterranean food and culture for your classmates and the campus food community.

ITAL 449/549 Scrittrici- Hester
This course examines the rich and varied contributions of Italian women writers in the 16th and 17th centuries. We will consider the relationship between gender and genre and read lyric and epic poetry, epistolary writing, natural philosophy, and treatises in defense of women. Discussions will take into consideration different early modern notions of woman and will elucidate the ways in which women writers—whether noblewomen, nuns, actresses, or courtesans—engage in the cultural currents of their time. Among the authors whose works we will read are Isabella d’Este, Vittoria Colonna, Veronica Franco, Isabella Andreini, Lucrezia Marinella, and Arcangela Tarabotti. Taught in Italian. M.A. Period 2.



SPRING 2019

ITAL 103: First-Year Italian- Various
Introduction to Italian stressing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Sequence.

ITAL 202: 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 317: Medieval and Renaissance- Psaki
Introduction to major themes and ideas in Italian literature and art from the medieval and
Renaissance periods

ITAL 408: Translation Workshop- Regan-Maglione
Course description TBA

ITAL 491/591: East Africa and Italy- Garvin
“La mia casa è dove sono,” “My home is where I am.”  Italo-Somali author Igiaba Scego’s famous assertion evokes our seminar’s focus: the cultural, historical, and political enmeshment of colonial Africa and postcolonial Europe. To do so, we will use small research workshops and student-led discussions to apply postcolonial and critical race theory to the study of contemporary poetry, novels, and films.  We will also examine the problematics of the colonial archive and historical memory, giving special attention to issues of access and information flow in government and private repositories like the Archivio Luce, the Archives Nationales d’outre-mer, and the Wolfsonian Museum.  The concentric circles of nation, community, family, and self will frame our key arenas of investigation and debate: the connection between past colonialism and present migration, the shifting definitions of race, the formation of identity, and the meaning of home.



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