Ha conseguito laurea e dottorato di ricerca in Storia del Teatro all’Università di Firenze. Insegna Storia del Teatro presso il Centro di Cultura per Stranieri dell’Università di Firenze. Ha pubblicato saggi e recensioni su varie riviste, fra cui «Il castello di Elsinore», «Ariel» e «Italica». Collabora con la rivista web Drammaturgia.it. Nel 2012, sono usciti i suoi libri Storie di Medea (Firenze, Le Lettere) e Lezioni di Stilistica per stranieri (Firenze, Società Editrice Fiorentina).
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ITAL 3153 - Beginning Italian
Goals/ Obiettivi: In this course we will work on mastering practical spoken Italian in its cultural context. The class activities will help you to:
develop the ability to maintain a conversation
acquire confidence in using your Italian
expand your vocabulary
acquire information about life, culture and current trends in Italy
develop sensitivity to Italian traditions and customs
better your pronunciation
basic discussion on some socio-cultural and political issues
Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course
Summer 2014 Language Schools
ITAL 3200 - Advanced Beginning Italian
Designed for students with some previous study of Italian or another Romance language, this course builds on and rapidly expands control of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students consolidate their ability to negotiate basic survival situations in the target-language culture, and prepare themselves for continued study of the language. New language functions will be presented in meaningful activities that emphasize all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Cultural knowledge that will build a deeper understanding of Italy is a crucial component of the course content.
Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation and culture courses.
PIAZZA by Donatella Melucci and Elissa Tognozzi. Heinle Cengage Learining, 2014.
Paperbound with SAM and iLrn - ISBN-10: 1285772644 | ISBN-13: 9781285772646
Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
ITAL 3253 - Intro to Contemporary Italy
This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.
Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1
Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti (2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.
Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor.
Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools
ITAL 3301 - Composition and Grammar
This course aims at strengthening and developing the intricate linguistic competence that students must possess in order to decipher and produce various verbal codes. Special emphasis will be given to oral and written expression through a systematic review of complex linguistic structures. The mastery of grammar will be acquired through an intensive practice of a variety of exercises. Readings and discussions of special topics will culminate in the writing of short pieces of descriptive narrative and argumentative prose.
Required Texts: Una grammatica italiana per tutti. 2. Livello Intermedio. Roma: Edilingua (ISBN 9788877157850) - Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor
Students are also required to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.
ITAL 3304 - Italy Trends Lead Figures&Cult
Important Trends, Leading Figures and Cultural Moments in Italy
The aim of the course is to analyze and discuss some of the most significant cultural moments in Italian civilization through a series of discussions and debates based on important trends, leading figures and controversial and classical topics. The students will have the opportunity to improve the conversational skills needed to express their personal views and to expose the materials read.
Required Texts: Profilo di storia italiana per stranieri. A cura di Paolo E. Balboni e Matteo Santipolo. Perugia: Guerra Edizioni, 2004. (ISBN 9788877157850)
Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor
Students are also required to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening for their level and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.
ITAL 3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express
Advanced Grammar, Composition and Oral Expression
This course enables students to construct progressively a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) in order to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing. Concurrently, students will review fundamental grammatical structures and principles through numerous and varied exercises. Oral expression in all its aspects will be practiced in this course, including presenting, debating and persuading.
Required Texts: Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni ISBN: 88-7715-454-3
Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Marco Mezzadri, Guerra Edizioni, Esercizi supplementari e test ISBN: 88-7715-452-7
ITAL 6601 - Stylistics
Stylistics: Techniques of Composition and Interpretation
The aim of this course is to help the students to find their own Italian voice while speaking and writing in Italian. This endeavour requires daily practice and a particular attention to problems of stylistics. Through the analysis of different language sectors (i.e. journalism, business, sports, contemporary jargon) in class, the students will gain better understanding of the Italian language in its various uses. Assignments will include translations, linguistic exercises, descriptions, narrations, summaries, essay writing, book reviews and oral presentations. (1 Unit)
All assignments submitted by students and corrected by the professor will be included in the mandatory portfolio
Required Text: L. Craici, Parlare e Scrivere Vallardi 2007, M. Sassu Frescura, Interferenze lessicali italiano-inglese. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1984). Recommended Texts: N. Zingarelli, Vocabolario della lingua italiana. Bologna: Zanichelli (latest edition); HarperCollins Sansoni Italian Dictionary. Inglese-Italiano, Italiano-Inglese. Firenze: Sansoni (latest edition).
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor Language & Stylistics
ITAL 6639 - Figure of Medea & Its Myth
The Figure of Medea and its Myth
This course proposes to study the figure of Medea as perceived and interpreted by various Mediterranean authors, from the time of her conception in Ancient Greece through our own day. Everyone knows that Medea is a woman who kills her children. But who is she? And why does she do it? She is the timid princess of a faraway land who is seduced and abandoned by an adventurer, the powerful granddaughter of a Sun god, the slighted heroine who is compelled to seek revenge for her stolen honor, the woman of wisdom, the betrayed lover, the heartbroken mother. Innumerable writers, composers and directors have interpreted in their own way the story of Medea, and in so doing have told something of themselves, of their time and their culture: from Euripides to Seneca, Dante to Christine de Pizan, Lope de Vega to Pierre Corneille, Corrado Alvaro to Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Annibale Ruccello to Max Rouquette; from Greece to Rome, France to Spain, and from Naples to Africa: this archetypical figure has made appearances and played a role in cultural thought.
Required texts: Giulia Tellini, Storie di Medea, Firenze, Le Lettere, 2012, ISBN 978-88 6087 5273
Euripide, Seneca, Grillparzer, Alvaro, Medea. Variazioni sul mito, a cura di Maria Grazia Ciani, Venezia, Marsilio, 1999, ISBN 978-88-317-7250-1 Literature