This is the first half of a yearlong course for students who are beginning the study of Italian or who have studied it only minimally. The first semester's work comprises an introduction to Italian as a spoken and written language. The work includes practice (in class and in sessions with an apprentice teacher) for understanding and using the spoken and written language. Written exercises, themes, oral reports and readings develop communicative skills. Coursework includes daily homework, chapter tests, a midterm and end-of-semester test. Offered every year.
This first half of the intermediate-level course develops speaking, reading and writing skills, while considering cultural themes. The activities and materials introduce modern history, literature, film and music. Written themes develop writing skills. Aural activities develop verbal skills. There are biweekly chapter tests, a midterm and an end-of-semester exam, as well as a short essay in Italian. Two 50-minute practice sessions are required weekly. Attendance at evening film showings (alternate weeks) also is required. The class is conducted in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 111Y-112Y. Offered every year.
The course presents the authors who laid the foundation for the liberal arts education that Kenyon exemplifies. It introduces the ideas of Italian writers in the 15th and 16th centuries who focused on the power of human agency, potentially creative or destructive. They sought answers to the most fundamental and enduring questions: how to educate the young; how to govern wisely; how to live a good life; why live? Beginning with Petrarch, the course considers the new approach to antiquity represented by Italian humanists of the fifteenth century, in their discussion of the role of citizen and state. Later, Ficino and Pico contemplate a nearly divine capacity in humankind. The course presents these writers in the context of the Florentine state as the Medici-dominated Signoria triumphs over the republic. In the sixteenth century Machiavelli, Castiglione and Ariosto, along with lyric poets and popular writers from
other parts of the peninsula, offer a complex, different view of human nature. Through various literary genres these writers depict the ideal and pragmatic dimensions of human behavior, with ribald irony or heroic inspiration. The sack of Rome in 1527 by Charles V’s troops signals Italy’s waning influence after two centuries of cultural brilliance. Because art was such an essential expression of the Renaissance in Italy, the course considers the art of the period as well as its thought. Class discussion will center on the readings and required films shown outside of class.
The course is offered in English. Students wishing to count the course toward a major or minor in Italian will read and write in Italian (in reduced measure, given the difficult linguistic level). Coursework includesquizzes, an oral presentation, two papers and a final examination. No prerequisites for this course in English. For Italian credit, ITAL 321 is a prerequisite. The course is open to first year students.
This upper-level course, taught in Italian, provides an introduction to contemporary Italian literature in its historical context. The course deepens understanding of the Italian language through advanced analysis of grammar and syntax in literary texts. Beyond reading and discussion, coursework includes short response papers, a research paper, oral presentations and a final exam. Attendance at evening film showings is required. Prerequisite: ITAL 213Y-214Y or equivalent. Offered every year.