This is the first half of 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.
The course introduces the ideas of Italian writers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, focusing on the power of human agency, potentially creative or destructive. Beginning with Petrarch, the course considers the new approach to antiquity represented by Florentine authors of the fifteenth century, such as Salutati, Bruni, Bracciolini, Valla, and Alberti, in their discussion of the role of citizen and state. Ficino and Pico contemplate a nearly divine capacity in humankind. The course presents the historical context of these writers in the Florence of the Medicis as the 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 also offer a complex, but different, view of human nature, discussed in subsequent texts in the course. In imaginative literary genres and analytical prose these writers depict the ideal and pragmatic dimensions of human behavior, with ribald irony and heroic inspiration. The sack of Rome in 1527 by Charles V’s troops signals Italy’s waning power after this period of cultural brilliance. The impact of reformist religious developments and the Catholic response, however, continue to stimulate artistic production and the course considers the art of the period as well as its thought. Class discussion will center on the readings and several 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, discuss and write in Italian. Coursework includes a mid-term, an oral presentation, two papers and a final examination. No prerequisite for this course in English. Prerequisite for ITAL credit: ITAL 321.