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Italian Studies, Deparment of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Undergraduate Courses

Course Descriptions for the Fall 2016 semester

ITAL 110 - Elementary Italian I, 3 cr.

Training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course, the first of the two-part elementary Italian sequence, quickly takes students from knowing no Italian at all to the point where they can understand and enjoy the language. In addition to using the textbook and its online components, students also learn about Italy's culture through innovative activities in class. Oral drills, written exercises, 3 hours per week. Text: Avanti!, 2nd ed. with online component.

ITAL 120 - Elementary Italian II, 3 cr.

Continued training in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Building upon what they learned in 110, students in this class are exposed to all principal grammar points that remain. Added emphasis on communication skills and on developing the ability to complete a wide range of linguistic tasks as well as on acquiring familiarity with Italian culture. Text: Avanti!, 2nd ed. with online component. Prerequisite: ITAL 110.

ITAL 126 - Intensive Elementary Italian, 6 cr.

Lecture with student participation. Acquisition of the four language skills: speaking, reading, speaking and listening. For students with no previous study of Italian. Course covers the same material as one year of Elementary Italian (110 and 120). Successful completion of ITAL 126 followed by ITAL 246 allows student to satisfy CAS language requirement in one year. Especially recommended for students intending to participate in the Siena Program.

ITAL 197G - English Grammar for Students of Italian and French, 1 cr.

This course will teach the basics of English grammar to students of foreign languages. It seeks to provide native English speakers with a foundation in their own language, which will aid in the acquisition and understanding of French and Italian grammatical structures. This course is intended especially for students beginning their foreign language study, but is offered as a review for all students who would like to improve their knowledge of basic English grammar.

ITAL 230 - Intermediate Italian I, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Readings, discussion, revision of grammar and exercises. Review of first-year grammar and further development of the four acquisitional skills: speaking, reading, writing, and understanding. Prerequisites: ITAL 120, 126 or instructor's permission.

ITAL 246 - Intensive Intermediate Italian, 6 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Reading and discussion, selective grammar review and conversation. Development of reading skills, introduction to modern Italian literary texts which will serve as basis for class discussion and writing assignments. Grammar review and reinforcement will respond to student needs. Selected readings from the works of contemporary Italian authors: short stories, poetry, film and/or theater. Prerequisite: ITAL 120 or 126 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 280 Language Suite Conversation, 2 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

Thatcher House, by arrangement. First Year Programs feature small classes or discussion sections of lecture classes taught in the residence halls. In order to participate, students must register for at least two residentially based courses in each of their first two semesters at the University. Honors Colloquium (ITAL 280 H01) available. 1 cr.

ITAL 297L - New Horizons in Reading, Writing and Conversation, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian.

This course bridges the gap between introductory language courses and upper-level literature and culture classes. Students will complete a variety of written assignments and participate in classroom discussions based on two contemporary Italian films, excerpts from blogs and newspapers, and readings of literary works included in the primary text. Students will review basic grammar and learn advanced grammatical constructions. Themes include, but are not limited to, the changing role and composition of the Italian family and the evolving gender roles in Italian society. Prerequisite: ITAL 240 or 246 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 297P - The Culture of Italian Comics, 3 cr.

Is there an Italian Superman? Do Italians love Mickey Mouse even more than Americans do? Are Italians as obsessed with zombies as we are? What are the newest, most interesting Italian graphic novels and what do they tell us about Italian culture, society and history? This course will explore the history of Italian fumetti and graphic novels (in English) beginning with comics journals of the early 1900s and ending with contemporary comic books, strips and graphic novels. Students will learn how to read and interpret the hybrid language of comics, using an appropriate vocabulary for the medium. We will study a number of important historical moments in Italian history, including the ventennio of Fascism, the 1960s and 1970s, and the creation of the EU, connecting them to the history of publication of Italian comics and graphic novels. With this newly-acquired historical knowledge, students will engage in critical analysis of the texts and will explore how these texts both reflect and engage with Italian society at the time of their production. Ultimately, students will acquire a general knowledge of contemporary Italian history and the ability to read and analyze the medium of comics. In addition, they will develop the skills necessary for critically engaging with pop culture and connecting art to socio-cultural history. Prerequisite: ITAL 240 or 246 or permission of instructor.

ITAL 350 - Introduction to Italian Cinema, 3 cr.
Course taught in English.

This course is a historical overview of how the most modern form of visual and narrative art responded to Italian culture, i.e. one of the richest traditions in painting, mosaic and theater. From silent movies to current productions, the history of Italian film parallels and documents also the history of a modern nation, from a pre-industrial to a post-industrial economy.

ITAL 397MD - Italy and the Mediterranean, 3 cr.
Course taught in English.

This course will approach the rich Mediterranean tapestry by focusing on connections among the various cultures of the Mediterranean basin. Emphases on art/architecture, literature, environmental practices, commerce and food, from a historical perspective. Examples will be taken chiefly from Sicily and Southern Italy, North Africa, Venice, Turkey (Constantinople) and the Middle East, Spain and France; from the medieval period to more recent colonial occupations and contemporary migrations. This course fulfills the IE requirement for Italian majors.

ITAL 497M - Literatures of Fascist Italy, 3 cr.
Course taught in Italian

Course crosslisted at the 400 and 500 levels, with different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students. The course will present an overview of the many aspects of Italian literary culture during and around the years of the fascist regime: from the hi-brow poetry of Eugenio Montale and Umberto Saba to the cultural debate on pro-fascist and antifascist periodicals, to the bestsellers of the time such as the novels of fascist propaganda, those meant for educating the large public of female readers, the so called "erotic" literature and many other aspects of Italian culture under the regime. Strong emphasis will be placed on the social and historic circumstances of which each text examined was an expression, thus providing an accurate account of the many aspects of fascism in Italy in relation with the larger European context. Requirements: Two formal assignments, midterm, presentations and final paper. Prerequisite: Italian 240 or 246.

ITAL 500 and above are listed under Graduate Course Descriptions.