This is the first half of a a year-long 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 bi-weekly chapter tests, a midterm, and an end-of-semester exam, as well as a short essay in Italian. Two fifty-minute practice sessions are required weekly. Attendance at evening film showings (alternate weeks) is also 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.
This course focuses on Italian literature from the end of the eighteenth century to the twentieth, including authors such as Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni, d' Annunzio, and Montale. Through close reading and written analysis, it aims to develop a critical understanding of texts from Romanticism to the most significant ones during the twentieth century. The course sets texts in their historical context and supplements them with selected critical essays. This course also considers related contemporary cultural movements in literature and the visual arts, particularly in France and England. Beyond readings and discussions, coursework includes response papers, oral presentations, a final oral exam and a long paper. The course is taught in Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 321 or equivalent.