Italian Courses

Spring 2021

Beginner's Italian II
Further study of Italian grammar and syntax with increased emphasis on vocabulary, reading, and practice in conversation. Skills in speaking and writing (as well as understanding) modern Italian will also be further developed. Students will deepen the study of grammatical functions through the analysis of Italian culture and civilization.
Instructors: Daniele De Feo, Elisa Dossena, Sara Teardo
Intensive Intermediate and Advanced Italian
Italian 102-7 is an intensive double credit course designed to help students develop an active command of the language by improving upon the five skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and cultural competency in the interpretative, interpersonal, and presentational modes. The course emphasizes communication and grammatical structures through use of various forms of texts (literary, artistic, musical, cinematographic, etc.) in order to refine students' literacy.
Instructors: Elisa Dossena, Sara Teardo
Intensive Beginner's and Intermediate Italian
This course is an intensive beginning and intermediate language course that provides an introduction to the Italian language and culture. It covers the material presented in ITA 101 and ITA 102 and prepares students to enroll in ITA 107 or ITA 108. Activities and interactions provide the opportunity to develop intermediate speaking, listening, and writing skills using language of a concrete, conversational nature.
Instructors: Daniele De Feo
Introduction to Italy Today
This course is designed to familiarize the student with major features of contemporary Italy and its culture. Its purpose is to develop the student's ability to communicate effectively in present-day Italy. The course emphasizes Italian social, political, and economic institutions, doing so through the analysis of cultural and social differences between Italians and Americans in such everyday concerns as money, work and leisure.
Instructors: Pietro Frassica
Topics in 20th-Century Italian Literature: 20th Century Italian Fiction
The course's goal is to analyze the Modern movement in Italian fiction from 1900 to the present, particularly as it reflects various responses to social, political and cultural problems of the period. The following topics will be examined: Fascism in literature; literature of neo-realism and its relation with films, and neo-capitalism; the protest movement of the 1960s and '70s, and the new outlook for the '80s, '90s, and beyond.
Instructors: Pietro Frassica
Fascism in Italian Cinema
This course, conducted in English, is a study of Fascism through selected films from World War II to the present. Topics include: the concept of Fascist normality; Racial Laws; the role of women and homosexuals; colonialism; and the opposition of the intellectual left. Films include: Bertolucci's "The Conformist", Fellini's "Amarcord", Rossellini's "Rome Open City", Benigni's "Life is Beautiful", and Wertmüller's "Seven Beauties". The approach is interdisciplinary and combines the analysis of historical themes with an in-depth cinematic reading of the films.
Instructors: Elisa Dossena, Gaetana Marrone-Puglia
Cybernetics, Literary Ghosts and the Italian Way
"Will we have a machine capable of replacing the poet and the author?" asked Italo Calvino in 1967, hopeful that computers would write "literature." In 1962 poet Nanni Balestrini instructed a computer to write a poem eager to hear "the voice of the machine." Novels, non-fiction books, print media articles, screenplays, music and videos have already been composed through algorithms and a truly literary novel is expected soon. How do we instruct a computer to write a novel? Should we use algorithms or machine learning? Class will experiment with machine writing and its growing role on political disinformation and fake news.
Instructors: Giovanni Riotta