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. Training in the four basic skills: speaking, reading, writing and understanding.
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. Prerequisite: ITAL 110.
Lecture with student participation. Acquisition of the four language skills: reading, writing, 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.
Readings, discussion, revision of grammar and exercises. Improvement of basic language skills: Reading, speaking, writing, and understanding Italian. Prerequisites: ITAL 230 or instructor's permission.
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, including short stories, plays, poetry and short novel. Prerequisite: ITAL 126 or permission of instructor.
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.
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 also parallels and documents the history of a modern nation, from a pre-industrial to a post-industrial economy.
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. Prerequisite: intermediate-level proficiency in Italian (240 or 246).
This course will explore modern Italy with an emphasis on social and cultural history. We will examine different aspects of the political and economic processes, including unification, industrialization, urbanization, colonialism, the rise of Socialism and Fascism and the two world wars. Students will be encouraged to broaden their understanding through engagement with the complexity of the Italian political landscape. A series of specific historical issues will be analyzed, such as the rise of mass political parties, the split between the North and the South, the interference of the Vatican in internal politics, emigration and the perception of Italy outside its borders, and finally the unsolved question regarding the Mafia. Primary materials (newspapers, magazine articles and videos) will be utilized as a basis for class discussion.
The course examines how major film directors, novelists and poets have revisited the encumbering inheritance of the ventennio fascista "twenty years of fascism" in a nation whose cultural identity is based on anti-fascism and whose constitution forbids the reconstitution of the Fascist Party. Questions of national identity will be addressed.
In this course, students will become familiar with the major currents of thirteenth-century Italian poetry and will explore Dante's Divine Comedy as an encyclopedic compendium of medieval thought as well as a very personal vision of the individual's place in the universe, a journey that is as meaningful now as it was 700 years ago. Counts toward Medieval Studies Certificate.
Course offered in Italian in two sections at 400 and 500 levels, with different course requirements for graduate and undergraduate students. The course will address, in particular, the relationship between literature, theory and thinking in Italo Calvino's late works and essays. Special emphasis will be placed on Calvino's effort in approaching the complexity of modern experience through his encyclopedic writing technique. Requirements: weekly readings and assignments, two compositions, midterm, presentation and final exam. Cross-listed with ITAL 597O.