This is the second half of a yearlong course for students who are continuing the study of Italian from first semester. The second semester entails more advanced work in the use of the spoken and written language. Literary and cultural materials develop reading ability and provide topics for discussion and oral presentations, as well as for writing assignments. Prerequisite: ITAL 111Y or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
This second half of the mid-level course continues its focus on cultural themes and develops speaking, reading and writing skills. The activities and materials focus on contemporary culture and literature. Written themes integrate reading and writing skills. Oral reports and lab work develop verbal skills. Coursework concludes with a short research paper on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the instructor. 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 course is designed as a survey and exploration of perceptions of Italian literary and artistic creation from the Middle Ages to the present. A choice of literary texts selected according to a variety of themes, works of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, and films to contextualize discussoin of whether a continuity and a stream of Italian creativity can be said to exist throughout the history of Italian culture (and how to define such continuity or discontinuity). Themes to be may include the imagery of love, religion, family and philosophical reflections such as those on the nature of the individual. Students will read selections from both classical literary authors and contemporary authors, along with essays onthe history of medieval and Renaissance painting and experiences of modernity. For cinema, they will watch films by Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci and others, exploring how the themes have changed or remained the same through the Italian literary and cultural tradition. The course is taught in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 321 or equivalent. Offered every other year.
This course examines topics (which may vary from year to year) in Italian cinema, with the aim of developing an understanding and appreciation of its lasting value as an art form and as an expression of Italian culture. Coursework includes oral presentations, papers, tests, a final exam and class preparation with partners. Attendance at weekly film showings is required in addition to class meetings. The course is conducted in English and the films are subtitled. Past topics include "Focus on Food," "Post-war Cinema," "Federico Fellini and Friends" and "Youth." The course may be repeated one time for a maximum of 1 unit of credit if the content is significantly different the second time. This course can count towards the film major. No prerequisite. Normally offered every year.