This is the second half of a year-long 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 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 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.
The course aims at an understanding of the most significant contribution of Twentieth Century Italian artistic experiences. A thorough study of the main movements (such as Futurism, Metaphysical painting, Novecento, Scuola romana and beyond) will be linked to the most significant literary outcomes of the time. Works by d'Annunzio, Pirandello, Montale and Ungaretti, to name a few, will be read and commented in class, along with the weekly screening of relevant movies by Pastrone, Gallone, Rossellini, Visconti, Antonioni and Fellini among others. Texts will be set in their historical context in order to present the identity struggle of Italy as a nation-which can be possibly considered the main frame of the course. Prerequisite: ITAL 321 or equivalent.