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 examines topics (which 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 if the content is significantly different the second time. No prerequisite. Normally offered every other year.
Nowadays, the term “Mafia” has penetrated the language of worldwide popular culture, and has been connected to any sort of organized crime or illicit trafficking. Due to fictional narrative and popular stories, the meaning of Mafia has become encrusted with legend and myth. Furthermore, the image of the mafioso, especially in American popular films such as The Godfather or Goodfellas, has been so glamorized and idealized that the true nature and scope of the Mafia seems to be distorted. Therefore, what really is the Mafia? How is it connected to Italy? How do Italians experience the Mafia? Through a selection of contemporary Italian novels and films, this course will explore the representation of the Mafia in a historical, cultural, postcolonial, and gender perspective. Students will discover different mafias originating in Italy, and will become familiar with the activity of the anti-Mafia magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino. Along with Leonardo Sciascia’s classic denouncement of the Mafia in The Day of the Owl and Marco Tullio Giordana’s representation of the Mafia victim Peppino Impastato in One Hundred Steps, students will also focus their discussions on the role of women in the Mafia tradition, through the analysis of films such as Marco Amenta’s The Sicilian Girl. This course will be taught entirely in English. No prerequisite.