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Italian Course Descriptions: 2017/2018

 


ex: 101 = course NOT being offered (plain text)
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Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Min  Maj
101, 102, 103 101, 102, 103
104, 105 104, 105
152 150,152, 252
199 199
201, 202, 203 201, 202, 203
301 301
303 303
305 305
307 307
317 317  
318 318  
319 319  
320 320
341
399
407, 407/507 ♦ 
408
410, 410/510 ♦ 
441, 441/551 ♦ 
444, 444/544 ♦ 
449, 449/549 ♦ 
461, 461/561 ♦ 
481, 481/581 ♦ 
490, 490/590 ♦ 
491, 491/591
607

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


SPRING 2017

ITAL 101, 102, 103: 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, 202, 203: 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 303: Cultura e lingua: società, economia, politica- Ventura
Analysis of Italian society, its economy and politics from 1950 to present. Readings of short stories and magazine articles, viewing of films. Vocabulary enrichment activities and grammar review. 

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

ITAL 320: Intenseive Grammar Review- TBA

ITAL 407: Filming Men- Rigoletto
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of how cinema ‘assembles’ images of men and of how these images become meaningful to film audiences. We will look at the representations of male vulnerability and ineptitude of the post-war period and the radical challenges to male identity following sexual liberation in the 1970s. In doing so, we will also unpack the notion of male crisis and will discuss its relevance (and its meanings) to Italian cinema. (course taught in English)  

ITAL 449/549 Renaissance Theater- Hester
The theater was widely celebrated in the literary and courtly culture of Renaissance Italy, and many scholars, poets, and politicians of the time were also playwrights. This course will explore sixteenth-century Italian theater with a particular emphasis on comedies and pastorals. We will investigate theater as a reworking of classical models, a reflection of Renaissance ideologies, and a vehicle for social commentary and protest. Discussions will consider the conventions and innovations of different theater genres as well as pertinent topics for understanding Renaissance play production and performance: patronage and audiences, acting troupes, court theaters and playhouses, and musical accompaniments. If there are enough potential actors and musicians in our class, we will prepare a show with excerpts from Renaissance theater. Included in the readings will be the comedies of Niccolò Machiavelli, Ludovico Ariosto, Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena, and Angelo Beolco (il Ruzzante), and the pastorals of Battista Guarini, Torquato Tasso, and Isabella Andreini. Includes essays in criticism and theory. Conducted in Italian. M.A. Period 2.  


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SUMMER 2017

ITAL 104, 105: Intensive First Year Italian

Introduction to Italian stressing speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Sequence.

ITAL 152:  Desire and Resistance in Italian Cinema 
To what extent can cinema be an instructive medium to envisage, remember and celebrate forms of resistance against oppression and tyranny? How can films enable us to imagine alternative futures? And how can cinema function as a means towards emancipation for is audiences? This course will explore the relevance of these questions to the development of cinema in Italy as one of the key cultural practices and most important forms of political contestation of the 20th century. Conducted in English. 

ITAL 201, 202, 203: 2nd Year Italian
Review of grammar, reading of short literary and cultural texts, development of speaking and writing skills. Sequence. Conducted in Italian. 

 


 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.



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