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.
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.
Dante's analysis of the soul from sin to redemption, the Divina commedia, studied in Italian, is the focus of this seminar. Ample selections from the three canticles are supplemented by passages from key scholars of the text. Coursework involves close reading, class discussion and oral presentations in Italian, as well as papers and a final exam (also in Italian). The course introduces students to the range of Dante's works, both poetic and analytical. Dante's contribution to the Western and world literary heritage is examined in its cultural context, with attention to themes in medieval art and thought. Students also will consider issues of translation by comparing various versions of specific canti. The course is conducted in Italian and is not available on a pass/D/fail basis. Prerequisite: advanced standing in Italian.