Italian Courses

Fall 2020

Beginner's Italian I
To develop the skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing Italian. The main emphasis is on oral drill and conversation in the classroom. Aspects of Italian culture and civilization will be integrated in the course.
Instructors: Anna Cellinese, Daniele De Feo, Sara Teardo
Advanced Italian
This course analyzes Italian culture and cultural changes through popular products, such as comic books, music, film, food, and visual artifacts in connection with Italian history and society. Italian 107 is intended to provide students with tools for communicating effectively in Italian in an informal and formal context, to move students along the proficiency spectrum toward a more advanced language level, and to promote a global awareness and cross-cultural understanding of contemporary Italian life and culture. Classes are conducted entirely in Italian.
Instructors: Anna Cellinese, Elisa Dossena
Advanced Italian - Contemporary Society and Culture
The main goal of this course is to improve fluency in Italian and prepare students for upper level courses offered by the Italian program. Through film clips, film screenings, and readings, students will increase their understanding of grammatical functions and vocabulary applications, and improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Instructors: Elisa Dossena
Studies in Italian Language and Style
This course explores crucial topics - such as landscapes, beauty, migration, and travel - that define Italian literature. Through the analysis of materials from different sources and genres (literature, cinema, art, design, journalism) students will acquire a deeper understanding of Italian cultural history, and its present and future trajectory. Particular emphasis will be given to the refinement of the writing process. On the Intercultural level, students will conduct task-based activity to compare, contrast and challenge the main ideas acquired in the course vis à vis their own cultural identity.
Instructors: Anna Cellinese
Italian Civilization Through the Centuries
This course is designed to give an overview of pivotal moments in Italian culture, such as the relationship between Church and Empire in the Middle Ages, Machiavelli's political theory during the Renaissance, and the rise and fall of Fascism in the 20th century. Through the examination of the most relevant intellectual, historic, and artistic movements and their main geographical venues, students will be able to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the development of Italian history and civilization.
Instructors: Simone Marchesi, Gaetana Marrone-Puglia
Topics in Medieval Italian Literature and Culture: Boccaccio
Boccaccio's "Decameron" is the preeminent masterwork of early Italian prose. A complex set of stories, linked by the author's convictions about literature and love, the "Decameron" offers both a panorama of fourteenth-century European society and a point of entry into some great traditions of European literature. This seminar will concentrate on a close reading of selected novellas from the "Decameron" in the original language.
Instructors: Simone Marchesi
Seminar in Italian Literature and Culture: Modern Italian Theater: Performance, Spectacle, and the Social Scene
The purpose of this course will be to explore the dynamics of spectacle and performance (artistic, political, sexual, anthropological) in representative plays by major Italian authors of the 20th century. A close analysis of works by the Futurists, Eleonora Duse, Pirandello, Fo, and Ovadia will enable us to address questions of a textual and critical nature related to contemporary social issues. Special attention will be given to the representation of individual and societal tensions, the imaging of the female voice, and the relations between the political and artistic imagination.
Instructors: Gaetana Marrone-Puglia