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* Course descriptions and required texts are subject to change.

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ITAL 6503 - Written and Spoken Italian      

Written and Spoken Italian

The course will concentrate specifically on grammar and style. Through analysis of various grammatical components, the student will acquire greater comprehension of Italian language and its varied uses. This study will be supplemented by reading and analyzing texts by great authors of Italian literature with attention to linguistic structure and stylistic themes. The student will also be required to write essays in which they will demonstrate their understanding of textual analysis and linguistic interpretation. The course aims to supply students with the tools to find their voice in spoken and written Italian while utilizing extraordinary examples from Italian Literature. (2 Hours - one credit) - Course required for all new graduate students.* Language & Stylistics

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ITAL 6550 - Language & Stylistics      

Studies in Language and Stylistics

Designed to develop oral and written proficiency at the advanced level, this course meets daily for two hours: one hour dedicated to the study of morphological and syntactic patterns and structures, and one hour to oral expression. Through the analysis of
different language sectors (i.e. journalism, business, sports, contemporary jargon) in class, the students will gain a better understanding of the Italian language in its various uses. The aim of this course is also to help the students find their own Italian voice while speaking and writing. This endeavor requires daily practice and particular attention to problems of stylistics. (Two hours).

Note: This course is obligatory for all first-time graduate students except those exempted on the basis of a placement examination. Students scoring low on the placement test are be required to take 3407 without graduate credit and cannot apply to the Florence Program in Italy.

Required Texts:
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C1, Mondadori education 2010, ISBN 9788800208505
M. Trifone, A. Filippone, A. Sgaglione, Affresco italiano C2, Mondadori education 2011, ISBN 9788800208512
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ITAL 6562 - Italian Families      

Italian Families

Recent sociological analyses indicate that in Europe, family solidarity still remains strongest in Italy. The traditional, heterosexual Italian family proposed by the Italian Constitution has long offered positive benefits, as the wide-spread image of close-knit, multigenerational families suggests. However, since the legalization of abortion and divorce in the 1970s, a cascade of interrelated socioeconomic changes (from women’s independence, single-parent families, and same-sex relationships, to economic instability , ethnic and racial diversity, and civil unions) have propelled “the” Italian family into a critical phase of transformation. How did Italian families evolve from the early 20th century to the present? Informed by historical and social science analyses, modern and contemporary literature and film will provide the focus of our explorations.

Required Texts:
Giovanni Verga, Vita dei Campi (1880). Passarino Luigi, EPUB ibs.it, Amazon USA Kindle, Tascabile ibs.it;
Rosetta Loy, La parola ebreo (1997). Torino: Einaudi, 2006. EPUB ibs.it;
Natalia Ginzburg, Lessico famigliare (1963). Torino: Einaudi, 2014. (Amazon USA tascabile; Tascabile e e-book, ibs.it)
Elena Ferrante, L’amica geniale. Roma: Edizioni EO, 2011. Amazon USA Kindle e tascabile. Ibs.it e-book e tascabile. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6565 - Intro Mdrn&Contp Lit & Culture      

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture


This course will cover Italian literature from the beginning of the nineteenth to the end of the twentieth century. Major authors will be read against the background of Italian political and cultural history. Beginning with an overview of Italian Romanticism --with particular reference to Foscolo and Leopardi, the course will then focus on the development of the novel, from Manzoni, Nievo and the authors of the United Italy (Verga, Collodi, Deledda, D'Annunzio, Pirandello) to the representative writers of the twentieth century (Svevo, Pavese, Ginzburg, C. Levi, Vittorini, Calvino). Changing attitudes in poetry will be illustrated by a selection of readings ranging from the Decadence (Pascoli, Gozzano, the crepuscolari poets) to "Avanguardia" (Marinetti and Futurism), Dino Campana, the "Ermetici" (Ungaretti, Montale), and the "Transavanguardia".

Course required for new graduate students who do not have a major in Italian.

*Required Text:
Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, seconda edizione, Milano, Le Monnier, 2014 Literature

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ITAL 6572 - Italian Style Comedy      

Laughing is a Serious matter: Italian Style Comedy

In the wake of Italian Neorealism's failure to make a significant impact on the nation's cinema-going public a new strand of Italian film emerged that lasted from the late 1950s to the mid 1970s: Comedy - Italian Style. Picking up on elements of the post-war movement's social critique and combining them with comic techniques, a series of directors managed to satirize the Italy of the economic miracle in a genuinely popular form of cinema. Despite its success, both artistically and at the box office, Comedy - Italian Style is little known abroad and all too rarely studied. In this module we will look at the emergence of this genre, some of its key works, and compare and contrast the way in which different directors developed the unique features of the commedia. We will also study the historical conditions that gave rise to the popularity of this particular form of comedy and shaped its development.

Materiali in Pdf e/o in fotocopia saranno consegnati dal docente Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6575 - Contemporary Italian Cinema      

This course is a survey of Italian cinema in the new millennium. It analyzes works by a number of different directors whose films are representative of sociopolitical trends in contemporary Italian culture. Students will learn how to do critical reading of visual texts, and will be provided with cinematic terminology and a recent bibliography and scholarship on the subject. Special attention is devoted to new Italian comedy, new authors, immigration, gender, and the phenomenon of neo-neorealism. Students will view and study ten films. The format includes lectures, screenings, and in-class discussions.

Required Texts:
Annali d’Italianistica. Cinema Italiano Contemporaneo. Vol. 30, 2013. Edited by Antonio Vitti. ISSN 0741-7527
Lezioni di cinema e di regia, a cura di Antonio Vitti, Firenze: Societa’ Editrice Fiorentian, 2013. ISBn978-88-6032-256-2
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ITAL 6576 - Faces of Italy:1861 to Present      

Faces of Italy: Italian Culture and Society through Literature and Scandals from 1861 to the Present

This course examines the most pressing issue that has confronted Italian society since its Unification: How does one make a nation? If the Italian historical process that led to unification (the Risorgimento) can be read as an unfulfilled revolution (Gramsci), a revolution that failed (Gobetti), or even the fulfillment of noble plans made by enlightened men, animated by a philanthropic spirit (Croce), how can these different ways of reading the nation’s beginnings help us to understand its past, its present, and its future? The course is interdisciplinary: we will place political and historical transformations (from Liberalism, to Fascism, to the Resistance, to the First and Second Republics) in a dialectical relation to the cultural production of an Italy constantly in flux, looking at literature, music and the visual arts as expressions of social change: as reactions for or against the dominant culture. Particular attention will be given to major scandals that have characterized the history of Italy. We will also contextualize the Italian
reality within that of Europe and the rest of the world.

Required Texts:
A. Nicaso, Pignotti, L’Italia spiegata ai ragazzi. Mondadori, 2011. - 978-88-04-61355-8
Andrea Camilleri, La bolla di Componenda. Sellerio, Palermo, 1997. - 9788838913686 Civ Cul & Soc Literature

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ITAL 6577 - Textual Worlds Med&Humanistic      

The Textual Worlds of Medieval and Humanistic Italy

This course examines the emergence of Italian literary culture from its earliest manifestations in the 13th century to Renaissance Humanism of the 15th century. Selected readings from major works of representative authors will illustrate the dominant intellectual trends and the development of literary forms and of the Italian literary language. We will explore topics such as the interrelationship between literature, the history of ideas and the other arts, as well as the connection between literature and social forces. This course will focus on the following authors and on some of their works mainly focusing on linguistic aspects and on the theme of love:
- The Sicilian poets centered in the court of Emperor Fredrick II (1194-1250) and his son Manfredi (d. 1266). They established the vernacular. Among the outstanding poets of the Sicilian school was Giacomo da Lentini credited with the invention of one of the major Italian poetic forms: the sonnet. This course will analyze two of his poems: the sonnet Amor è uno desio che ven da core and the canzonetta Meravigliosamente.

- Dolce stil novo poets, a group of 13th–14th-century Italian poets, mostly Florentines, whose vernacular sonnets, canzoni, and ballate celebrate a spiritual and idealized view of love and womanhood in delicate and musical ways. The course will focus on one poem from each of the following poets: Guido Guinizelli’s Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore, Guido Cavalcanti’s Chi è questa che vèn, ch’
ogn’om la mira and Dante Alighieri’s Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare.

- Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374), Italian humanist, poet, and writer is famous for his Canzoniere, a collection of poems in vernacular which would go on to become the single greatest influence on the love poetry of Renaissance Europe until well into the 17th century. We will conduct a close reading of the proemial poem Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono and one of the sonnets for Laura Levommi il mio pensier in parte ov’era.

- Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) is the author of The Decameron, a medieval allegory told as a frame story encompassing 100 tales by ten young Florentine (7 women and 3 men), referred to as the Brigata, gathering together in a countryside villa for two weeks while escaping from the Black Death. Each agrees to tell one story each day for ten days. It is considered the masterpiece of the early Italian prose. This course will focus on Boccaccio’s Preface and two tales about love: IV, 5 Elisabetta da Messina (tragic love) and VII, 8 Arriguccio Berlingieri (cheating love).

- Ludovico Ariosto’s (1474-1533) Orlando furioso is an Italian epic poem which has exerted a wide influence on later culture. This course will introduce students to the new literary genre (“poema cavalleresco” “romanzo”) of which the Furioso is the best sample focusing on the first 4 strophes of Canto .

Required Texts:
Students are required to read the indicated texts before the class in which they will be respectively discussed.
Critical works suggested:
Bruno Migliorini, Storia della lingua italiana, 2007.
Gianfranco Contini, Letteratura italiana delle origini (1978), BUR, 2013
Cesare Segre (a cura di), Introduzione, in Ludovico Ariosto: Orlando furioso, Milano, Mondadori, 1964. Literature

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ITAL 6578 - Made in Italy:Food/Fashion/Des      

Made in Italy: Cuisine, Fashion, and Design

The course aims to illustrate the character of Italian cultural identity concentrating on three aspects: cuisine, fashion, and design. Students will study the period following the Unification of Italy through the present day and will consider the formation and development of culinary traditions throughout Italy with an emphasis on the developing relations in trade, agriculture and immigration between Italy and the modern world. Developing trends in Italian fashion will be considered through the trade of artisanal products and industrial production as well as contemporary leading artisans. The movement from applied arts and serial production will be studied in design and observed in historical turning points. The aim of the course is to analyze objects, artists and historical periods that raised Italy to a global level of excellence while creating the phenomenon known as "Made it Italy". Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6579 - Modernity in Italy (1880-1945)      

The aim of this course is to study the artistic evolution of modernity and modernism in Italy beginning with the fin-de-siècle culture (Verismo writers, Macchiaioli painters, philosophy of Positivism), moving to the so-called Decadence (Giovanni Pascoli and Gabriele D’Annunzio) and the avant-garde of Futurism (Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and some of the manifestos of that avant-garde, painters such as Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini) as its counter-part. The course will then consider some artistic and literary endeavors that proved to be essential to twentieth-century culture such as Italo Svevo and Luigi Pirandello, Hermetic poetry, existentialist (Alberto Moravia) and Neo-realist (Cesare Pavese, Elio Vittorini) writings.

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ITAL 6602 - Reading & Writing in Italian      

A direct and close contact with some entertaining texts authored by the best contemporary Italian writers will allow the student to grow conscious of her/his voice and achieve a deeper understanding of it. We will read and comment on the texts of the writers and also the texts produced by the students during the course. Our attention will be focused on the structure of Italian sentences, on the meanings of Italian words. We will examine many subtle features of the Italian written and spoken language. We will speak about Italian society, history and politics – all phenomena that give birth to new words. Together we will look for a style, in the pages we read and in the pages we write. Active participation in class is warmly required.

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ITAL 6605 - Introduction to Linguistics      

In the very first part of the course, the fundamental premises on the mechanisms of historical-natural languages will be presented, with a strong emphasis on the verbal communication properties and the general principles of linguistic analysis. Then, the course will focus on the main levels of linguistic analysis, that is to say phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. In particular, phonetics and phonology deal with what sounds make up human language and how our brain organizes the sounds, morphology examines how words are formed from smaller unit of meaning (morphemes), syntax enters the structure of the language to show how words come together to form sentences, semantics focuses on the meaning of the linguistic signs and how we extract meaning from sentences.

Course topics will be treated from the principles and methodologies of the contemporary linguistics, through a double perspective: on one hand, the structures and levels of analysis will be presented, that means an inner analysis of the language as a system; on the other hand, external features of the language as social act, such as the role of language in the history of human being, will be pointed out.

Finally, during the course, practical exercises on the structure of the Italian language and its varieties will be proposed.

Required Text:
Yule, George. (2008). La linguistica. Un corso introduttivo (Trad. Pietro Maturi). Bologna: Il Mulino. ISBN: 978-88-15-11430-3. Linguistics

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ITAL 6606 - New Immigration Mediterranean      

The New Immigration in the Mediterranean

The course aims to be acquainted with the phenomenon of immigration in Italy in all its complexity. It will start with an introduction on the international and European contexts and the historical evolution and regulation of the phenomenon in Italy, after this, the following issues will be explored: the glossary of immigration; data and statistics from the beginning of immigration to this days; their employment and economic role; social inclusion and education; cultural integration, the second generation and identity processes; the problems of coexistence, racism and the various forms of discrimination; immigrants in the Italian press; good practices. At the end of the course students should ponder and reflect critically on the matter and elaborate of proposals to face the immigration issue in different contexts (political, social, educational, cultural, business, leisure) and at all levels (Italian, European and international).

Required Texts:
-Bruno Ciancio, Sviluppare la competenza interculturale. Il valore delle diversità nell’Italia multietnica. Un modello operativo, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2014, pp. 176. Codice ISBN: 9788856840032.
-IDOS (a cura di), Dossier Statistico Immigrazione 2015, Roma. Codice ISBN: 9788864800349 .
-Roberta Ricucci, Cittadini senza cittadinanza. Immigrati, seconde e altre generazioni: pratiche quotidiane tra inclusione ed estraneità/. Edizioni SEB27, Torino, 2015, pp. 176. ISBN: 978-88-98670-05-5.

Materiale in pdf e siti specializzati nell’immigrazione in Italia saranno indicati durante il corso.

*Films:*
-Daniele Gaglianone, /La mia classe
, Italia, 2014, durata: 92 minuti.
-Stefano Mencherini, Schiavi, Italia, 2013, durata: 90 minuti.
-Haider Rashid, Sta per piovere, Italia-Iraq, 2013, durata: 91 minuti.
-Claudio Giovannesi, Alì ha gli occhi azzurri, Italia, 2012, durata: 94 minuti.
-Francesco Patierno, Cose dell’altro mondo, Italia, 2011, durata: 90 minuti.
-Andrea Segre, Dagmawi Yimer, Come un uomo sulla terra, Italia, 2008, durata: 60 mn. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6610 - Revolution of Renaissance      

The Revolution of Renaissance: the Foundations of Modern Art and Science

In this course we will analyze the birth of the Renaissance in Florence, its artistic antecedents and then dwell on Brunelleschi and his revolutionary theories on perspective as a new spiritual and rational vision of the world. We will examine the historical, economic and cultural conditions that spawned and stimulated the new art forms that spread from Florence throughout Italy and Europe. The major authors of the three arts ? architecture, sculpture and painting ? who will become the first models for the development of the entire period (Brunelleschi and Alberti, Ghiberti and Donatello, Beato Angelico, Masaccio and Ghirlandaio) will be studied along with artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello, Cellini, Vasari. Lectures will be supplemented by historical, scientific and literary readings and will follow a chronological order, focusing on specific issues such as Platonism and Aristotelianism, the art of portraiture, sculpture, dynamism and expressionism, spirituality and eroticism.

Required Text: La rivoluzione rinascimentale. Antologia di testi, con brani critici, a cura di Gino Tellini, Firenze, 2017 (materiale di lavoro che sarà distribuito in PDF a tutti gli iscritti al corso).
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ITAL 6611 - Modes of Critical Theory      

This course focuses on a selection of modes and vocabularies of critical theory within the context of the twentieth century, but applied to the field of Italian studies. We will study aspects of structuralism, semiotics, deconstruction, hermeneutics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism and cultural studies.

Required text: Gino Tellini, Metodi e protagonisti della critica letteraria, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2010, ISBN 978-88-00-74003-6 Language & Stylistics

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ITAL 6613 - Vocal Techniques Italian Opera      

This course provides singers of all levels the opportunity to work on vocal technique, style and skills of the classical singing actor, in a concentrated immersion environment. It is also open to those without formal training who would like to gain basic knowledge and skills for good singing technique. This workshop includes private and/or group lessons in vocal technique as well as rehearsals with pianist and voice faculty. Weekly labs will focus on musical interpretation and on learning opera scenes. All participants who wish will perform in a final concert. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6614 - Luigi Pirandello's Modernity      

Pirandello’s Modernity:A Study of His Legacy, Influence and Actuality

From his novels to his short stories, and from theater to film, this course will examine Pirandello’s genius, singularity and cultural relevance, from the 20th century to modern-day Italy. As a seminar, the in-class discussions in this course will focus on some of Luigi Pirandello’s fundamental works. These include: Il fu Mattia Pascal; Sei personaggi in cerca di autore and Così è (se vi pare); as well as some of Pirandello’s novelle or short stories, taken from Le novelle per un anno such as, “La giara”, “Male di luna”, “Tu ridi” and “La mosca”. This selection of Pirandello’s novelle will be analyzed alongside the Taviani Brothers’ films, Kaos and Tu ridi, inspired by Pirandello’s, Le novelle per un anno.

This course will be complemented by a seminar and theatrical laboratory with Luca Vullo entitled, “Pirandello and Sicilian Gesticulation” (with particular attention given to /Liolà’s/ theatrical text).

*Required Texts
:
Romano Luperini,/ Pirandello/, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2008
Giovanni Macchia, Pirandello o La stanza della tortura, esaurito (fotocopie)
Giovanna Taviani, Lo sguardo ubiquo, Palumbo, Palermo 2006 (cap II Pirandello e il cinema, pp 41-58; cap V Da Pirandello a Kaos , pp.137-165).
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Required texts for the seminar*:
Liolà/, di Luigi Pirandello.

*Films and videos screened for the course:
/Kaos
(1984) and Tu ridi (1998) di Paolo e Vittorio Taviani
I Fratelli Taviani e Pirandello (DVD 2 “Dal testo allo schermo: Kaos e Tu ridi”), video didattico a cura di Vito Zagarrio, Palumbo editore 2011
La voce del corpo (2011), docufilm di Luca Vullo Literature

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ITAL 6622 - Rereading:Unification of Italy      

A Rereading of the Unification of Italy

The history of Italian Risorgimento has been shaped by rhetoric that depicts a nation founded on a legendary past. This legendary past is one of the heroism and martyrdom of a minority of combatants who believed that they had a singular mission to accomplish. In order to understand what really happened a deep re-reading of historical facts is necessary. The course will focus on how the unification of the South of Italy with the North led to a civil war. We will explore how the victor erased the memories of the vanquished and discover the true nature of the Risorgimento.

Required Text: Gigi Di Fiore, Controstoria dell’Unità d’Italia, Rizzoli, 2010, Formato Tascabile, ISBN: 978-88-17-04281-9 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6623 - Francesco Petrarca &Canzoniere      

Reason, Passion and Consciousness in Francesco Petrarca's /Canzoniere/

This course will focus on Petrarch, the very first poet of modernity, and his Canzoniere which recounts – in 366 poems – the poet’s love for Laura. Here, the universal themes of love, joy, pain, sorrow, melancholy, nostalgia, hope and death, are elaborated by Petrarch with such a beauty and formal perfection that they have become models for countless poets and readers. This course will examine how the Canzoniere is constructed and why Petrarca continues to surprise us with his modernity. Moving from a synopsis of the love-centered literary tradition previous to Petrarch we will focus on some of the most significant Petrarchan poems to underscore the phenomenology of love in his masterpiece.

Required Texts:
-Francesco Petrarca, Canzoniere, Introduction by Paolo Cherchi, edited by Sabina Stroppa, Torino, Einaudi, 2010, ET Classici, pp. XXXVIII - 634 , ISBN 9788806197780
(with two essays by Giosuè Carducci and Gianfranco Contini), 14.50 EUR.
-Paolo Cherchi, Verso la chiusura. Saggio sul Canzoniere, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008, pp. 200, ISBN 9788815120250, EUR 17.00, Available in Kindle format EUR 9,09. Literature

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ITAL 6625 - Italian Romantic Literature      

The course will focus on the three major figures of Italian Romantic literature: Ugo Foscolo, Alessandro Manzoni, and Giacomo Leopardi. Texts will include the most important works by the three writers: Foscolo’s long poem Dei Sepolcri and the epistolary novel Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Manzoni’s historical novel I Promeessi Sposi, and Leopardi’s poems in the collection Canti and his dialogues Operette morali. Although the three authors are not Tuscan, let alone Florentine, they all forged their main works referring to Tuscan and Florentine landscape and history (especially Foscolo) and language (especially Manzoni, to a lesser extent Leopardi).

Required Text:
Ugo Foscolo, Ultime Lettere di Jacopo Ortis, Milano: Garzanti, 1974 (27a edizione: 2011) ISBN 9788811360926
Alessandro Manzoni, I promessi sposi, Milano: Garzanti, 1966 (35a edizione: 2014) ISBN 9788811810100
Giacomo Leopardi, Canti, Milano: Garzanti, 1975 (25a edizione 2012) ISBN 9788811361022
Giacomo Leopardi, Operette morali, Milano: Garzanti, 1984 (17a edizione 2011) ISBN 9788811363040 Literature

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ITAL 6627 - Languages & Dialects of Italy      

Languages and Dialects of Italy

The course will provide the students with tools to engage in the study of standardized Italian as well as a multitude of regional dialects of Italy. A brief introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), an essential tool in the study of regional idioms, will be provided during Section 1. Italian idioms are formed through standard Italian and Italian regional variations, dialects, and other primary linguistic aspects. Idioms vary greatly by geography.

Required text: Grassi, C.; Sobrero, A. A., Telmon, T. (2010). Introduzione alla dialettologia italiana (Quinta edizione). Bari: Laterza. ISBN: 978-88-420-6918-8.
Other didactic materials and bibliography will be provided by the instructor. Language & Stylistics

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ITAL 6628 - Mafia Through Lenses of Cinema      

The course will analyze the representation of Mafia and Mafiosi in Italian cinema from a historical, sociological and political perspective, situating each film in its cultural background. With the goal to gain a variety of critical tools, the vision and discussion of selected films will be intertwined with analysis of documents and artifacts such as newspaper articles, interviews, documentary clips, literary excerpts and song lyrics. We will organize our screenings, readings and discussions around the following cultural themes: the characterization of the Mafioso, society and a-mafia, government and anti-mafia, mafia and the youth, mafia and woman, mafia’s comedies and mafia today.

Required Texts:
/Mafia/. Nicaso, Antonio - Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2016.
Il Giorno della civetta. Sciascia Leonardo, Baglione A. - La nuova italia editrice, 1993 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6635 - Romantic Opera      

L’opera romantica: Bellini e Donizetti. (Romantic Opera; Bellini and Donizetti) – Romantic Opera

Nineteenth century Italian opera has always been defined by an interest in emerging themes of the era. These themes are focused on new subjects and produced a corresponding transformation in the complexity of composition and treatment of vocal melodies, the larger musical and poetic forms and the characterization of prominent figures. Italian opera arrives in the nineteenth century with the spirit of romanticism. The musical embodiment of contrasting psychological states inspires a bending of musical motifs which depict the state of mind of the characters. Nature is not just the backdrop, but in and of itself unveils expressive tension as well as a mysterious force greater than Man; a force that also has the power to console him. Opera of the romantic period abandons the conventions of the preceding century and assumes its recognizable form a new effect that expresses itself from within the musical language, the libretto, in the treatment of scenes and of the work as a whole. The course will concentrate on discussion of the themes of this transformation of musical language that helps to define itself as Romantic and on two prominent composers of nineteenth century Italian opera: Vincenzo Bellini and Gaetano Donizetti. Donizetti has strong roots in the period of transition between the 18th and 19th centuries, finding motives of continuity and evolution with respect to his teachers Mayr and Rossini. In that time Donizetti revolutionized this new romantic sensibility that expresses the human condition not as abstractly heroic but in resonance with a sense of Bourgeois life and its character. Bellini, with the purity of his melodic inventions opens a portal to the enchanting and the spiritual consistent with the new values of dreaming, of abandonment and of melancholy.

Required Texts:
-Egidio Saracino, Invito all’ascolto di Donizetti, Mursia, Milano, 1984, pp. 285.
ISBN-10: 8842520659 - ISBN-13: 978-8842520658
-Bruno Gallotta, Invito all’ascolto di Bellini, Mursia, Milano, 1997, pp. 208
ISBN-10: 8842522104- ISBN-13: 978-8842522102 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6646 - Oriana Fallaci      

THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION II

Oriana Fallaci and The Historical Events of her Time

Fallaci is the only Italian journalist known throughout the world and whose fame has endured for forty years, a writer whose works have been translated throughout the world “Letter to a Child Never Born”, perhaps her greatest editorial success, has been translated in 23 languages. This course aims to examine the professional and human experience of a captivating but elusive figure who was herself a great narrator of her own life and of the historical events in which she became involved. The course will be neither hagiographic nor commemorative, but rather an open exchange with students designed to re-evoke and, above all, to recount a “myth”. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

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ITAL 6647 - Giacomo Puccini      

Towards the West and East: The 'International Melodrama' of G. Puccini

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Giacomo Puccini embodied/represented a new development to the melodrama with new themes and sensibility, seen both in the theatrical and musical aspects of his masterpieces. What emerges is the capacity for characters and events to unfold in an emotional and psychological manner. The music, in parallel, is fluid and becomes soft. Almost spiritual, liberty enters the musical theater of Puccini and makes it sensitive to curved line, the symbolism, the dimension of dreams. There is thus a sense of the exotic, of a foreign culture, which can become a source of attraction or inspiration: the East with its load of myths and ancient rituals, but also the dynamic and younger West. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6648 - Neorealism and Visual Arts      

Although conventionally, neo-realism has been associated with social problems and mere representation of reality, in this course we will study how this innovative style causes a theory break with the documentary style and with socialist realism, on the formal and expressive levels, as a reinterpretation and a fantastic subjective reworking of reality. The course begins with the study of how photography was used by realist writers such as Verga and Capuana and their successive use of cinema in the early 1900s. We will go on to analyze the literary and cinematic works of Carlo Bernari and Cesare Zavattini and the influence of photography, painting, and theater on their work. During the course numerous unpublished materials will be used along with photographs by Verga, Bernari and Zavattini.

Required Texts:
Giovanni Verga, Tutto il teatro, Milano, Garzanti, 2000. ISBN 88-11-36353-5 2)
Giovanni Verga, Tutte le novelle, Milano, Mondadori, Meridiani,
ISBN 9770553109215
Cesare Zavattini, Come nasce un soggettto cinematografico, Milano, Bompiani 2001, ISBN, 88-452-5004-0
Cesare Zavattini, Grave; /Totò il buono, entrambe in Opere, Milano Bompiani, 2001, ISBN, 88-452-5004-0
Carlo Bernari, Tre operai, Venezia, Marsilio, ISBN, 978-88-317-0844-9 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6649 - Nature & Art in Italian Lit      

Nature and Art as Seen in Italian Literature

This course will examine the image of the ‘garden’ throughout the history of Italian literature (13th - 20th centuries). Beginning with the Middle Ages, our research will examine the stylized garden, representing order, rationality, harmony, decorum, and refined humanity, which constructs the ideal frame of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron and will continue until “the thorns of the dry twigs” of a “garden” surrounded by a “red hot wall” as noted in Ossi di seppia by Eugenio Montale, an emblem of the modern pain of living. We will examine the evolution not only of the “Italian Garden” but also the budding of the “English Garden”, highlighting the cultural significance of the metamorphosis over time. The analysis of texts and the study of diverse authors, with various meanings correlated with the garden, are strictly related to the dynamics of a specific historical situation embedded in civil, social, and anthropological foundations.

Required Text: G. Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, le Monnier Università, 2011. Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6651 - Culinary Cult & Ital Identity      

Historical, Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of the Culinary Culture and Italian Identity

The course describes the history of food in Italy throughout the centuries. The course will also analyze the formation of different regional traditions. The historical, cultural and linguistic culinary traditions will be illustrated by a series of pertinent documents. Special attention will be dedicated to the relationship that existed between the New World and Italy, and the reciprocal exchange of products and recipes. In addition, the course will examine the effects that the Italian immigration had in North America, especially on the American culinary experience.

Required Texts: Rebora, La civiltà della forchetta, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2000, 206 pagine - Euro 9.00
John Dickie, Con gusto, Ed. Laterza, 2007.
Capatti - Montanari, La cucina italiana: storia di una cultura, Ed. Laterza, Collana Economica, 2005, - Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6652 - Italian Culture 1968 - present      

NOTE: this is a three-week course in session two (July 19 - August 7).

In this class we will analyze some of the major developments of Italian culture beginning with the early 1970's. We will focus on different artistic media and genres (literature, theater, cinema, television, music...) examining the works selected also, but not exclusively, for their association to broad topics -such as diversity, identity, and migration-- that rose from the ideological and societal changes caused by the 1968 movement, the economic emancipation of the 1980's, the collapse of the Berlin war, etc. Naturally, these topics are strongly intertwined and many of the works in the syllabus offer several interpretative solutions. For this reason, each class may revolve around several works regardless of their artistic genres. The various sections of the syllabus will not be divided, thus, by specific artistic categories (literature, cinema, music, etc.); to the contrary, in most cases, each section will include different artistic aspects.

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ITAL 6655 - Theater of Fo and Rame      

The Incomparable Theater of Dario Fo and Franca Rame

In this course particular attention will be paid to the different artistic personalities
of Fo and Rame and the specific contribution of each to their rich theatrical production, characterized by intelligent comedy and strong social commitment. The influence of ancient and modern Italian comic traditions and features of the new epic and political theater, central aspects of Fo’s and Rame’s work, will be also covered. These features will be studied not only through Fo’s farcical comedy, but also through the female characters played by Rame. Screenings of some significant moments in this artistic collaboration will be shown to deepen students’ understanding of how the couple created and influenced poetic drama and narrative theater. The performance experience of the instructor, as writer and actress, will also enable students to gain an understanding from “within” theatrical language and a better critical approach to the pieces presented. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

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ITAL 6658 - American Dream in Ital Lit      

THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION I

The American Dream in Italian Literature

The course aims to analyze diachronically the American dream in Italian literature. We will start from Leopardi's "wild, happy California" expressed in some passages of Zibaldone and the well-known Hymn to the Patriarchs where he addresses the myth of innocence. The works of Leonetto Cipriani, an emblematic figure of the Italian Risorgimento, who was also fascinated by the myth of California will be examined before focusing on the twentieth century when the Italian socio-political context, starting in the thirties, transformed the American dream into the metaphor of a happy elsewhere. The need to escape the rise of fascism animates the conscience of intellectuals such as Elio Vittorini, Cesare Pavese and Italo Calvino for which America will symbolize redemption, freedom and creative autonomy. From Americana by Vittorini and Essays on American literature by Pavese; to Calvino’s American Lessons, the American dream for Italians is not only a "land of utopia" but a point of reference. Literature

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ITAL 6660 - Travel w/Dante Medieval Med      

Traveling with Dante in the Medieval Mediterranean. History, Literature and Culture of Dante’s Commedia in a Mediterranean Frame

The course focuses on Dante’s journey in hell, purgatory and paradise
in a Mediterranean frame and in the light of the most recent studies
of the medieval Mediterranean. Dante’s journey, his guide Virgil, the poet of the Eneide, their encounters: from Saladin, Alexander the Great, Geryon, Muhammad to San Francis, invite to further enquire on the journey of books and legends about Jews, Christian and Muslim traveling in and around the medieval Mediterranean. Dante’s re-writing of biblical and classical sources conveys the very essence of the medieval Mediterranean culture based on exchanges of goods as much as stories. The course aims at reconstructing that network of transmission of knowledge in the medieval Mediterranean.


Required text: B Lewis, Culture in conflitto. Cristiani, ebrei e musulmani alle origini del mondo moderno. Donzelli, 2007. ISBN 10-88-6036-108-7 R.Morosini, Ch. Lee, Sindbad mediterraneo. Per una topografia della memoria da Oriente a Occidente.
ISBN Code: 978-88-8232-990-7

PensaMultimedia, 2013


F. Cardini, L invenzione dell’Occidente, Solfanelli. ISBN 88 7497 612 7 S. GUARRACINO, Mediterraneo: immagini, storie e teorie da Omero a Braudel, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2007.
P. Matvejevitc, Breviario mediterraneo, Garzanti, 1991 Literature

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ITAL 6661 - Mediterranean Boccaccio      

A course on Mediterranean Boccaccio originates from the awareness that the Mediterranean occupies an important role in the Decameron not only as a protagonist of many stories, but also as a structural element of the Novella genre. How does Boccaccio represent the Mediterranean? Who travels through the Mediterranean and why? Men and women cross the sea: did they chose to travel? Do these individual modify when and if they go home? The course intends to approach the Mediterranean as a network of knowledge: a mobile and hybrid space of exchanges and aims at following the journey of goods, men, women and stories as they cross the Mediterranean. Within this perspective a special attention is given to the narration of cities facing the Mediterranean, the Orient and otherness, pirates and slavery in the Decameron. In XIV Century, Boccaccio offers a faithful observatory of the medieval Mediterranean as a political and commercial network of exchanges: a chessboard regulated by piratery and politics from Genova to Alexandria of Egypt, from Armenia to Sicily and from Marseille to Cyprus and Crete. The Decameron narrates tales of the sea and the course intends to evoke those tales, voices of cities and cultures facing the Mediterranean.

Required Texts: G. Boccaccio, Decameron, a cura di V. Branca, Torino, Einaudi, 2005, ISBN-9788806177027 2 Voll.- Boccaccio geografo. A cura di R. Morosini, Firenze, Polistampa, 2010. – F. Cardini, Incontri (e scontri) mediterranei. Il Mediterraneo come spazio di contatto tra culture e religioni diverse, Salerno Editrice 2014 Civ Cul & Soc Literature

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ITAL 6663 - Italian Lit of 18C & Early 19C      

Italian Literature of the 18th and the Early 19th century *

The course will consider the progression in Italian Literature from Alessandro Manzoni (1827 - 1840) through Federigo Tozzi (1919.) Texts to be studied are "Le confessioni d'un italiano," by Ippolito Nievo; "Il Malavoglia, Maestro-don Gesualdo," by Giovanni Verga; "Il piacere," by Gabriele D'Annunzio, "Una vita, 1892; Senilità, 1898; La coscienza di Zeno, 1923," by Italo Svevo; "Il fu Mattia Pascal," by Luigi Pirandello. A constant evolution of themes, characters and mythologies will be highlighted through these ten works, providing an intricate description of the culture and society between the age of Romanticism and the Avant-garde in Italy.

*Required Text:
Gino Tellini, Il romanzo italiano dell’Ottocento e del primo Novecento; Da Manzoni a Tozzi. Firenze, 2017."
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ITAL 6665 - Mediterranean & Dante's DC      

The Mediterranean Signature of Dante’s Divina Commedia

The course will explore Dante’s Commedia in a contemporary key, with special reference not only to classical and Christian culture and traditions, but also to the medieval, pan-Mediterranean, medieval cultural context from which it emerged. We will be reading selected cantos, as well as some of Dante’s other works, in relation to the wider, interactive network of intellectual and spiritual traditions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. In so doing, we aim to reveal the poet’s modernity: his synthesis of the three traditions, proposing to his readers an “interpretive” journey that is imaginatively, intellectually and spiritually engaged.

Required Texts: Dante Alighieri, Tutte le opere (Divina Commedia, Vita Nuova, Rime, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia, Monarchia, Egloghe, Epistole, Quaestio de aqua et de terra)/. Introduzione di Italo Borzi. Commenti a cura di Giovanni Fallani, Nicola Maggi e Silvio Zennaro. (Roma: Newton Compton Editori, 2015) (Tascabile, ibs.it)
Cardini, Franco. L’invenzione del nemico. Palermo: Sellerio, 2006. (Tascabile ibs.it; Tascabile Amazon USA)
Dante and Islam. Ed. J. Ziolkowski. New York: Fordham Univ. Press. 2014. (Kindle USA; Tascabile Amazon USA)
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ITAL 6670 - Anarchy/Rev 20C Ital-Amer Lit      

Anarchy and Revolutionary Italian American Literature of the 20th Century


This course will examine chronologically the literature of two generations of Italian immigrants in the US from the early 20th century into the present. Particular attention will be paid to themes of immigration: work and family, discrimination and the impact of multicultural urbanization. The course of will begin with the writing of Carlo Tresco, Arturo Giovanniti, Pictor Di Donato, Efrem Bartoletti and John Fante concluding at the "carica rivoluzionaria" of their poetry such as manifestos of Laurence Ferlinghetti.
We will ask why the thread of this literature has been deliberately forgotten and understand the real motivations for which the condition of the immigrant still today is considered a marginal position in society. In conclusion the students will be invited to participate in creative writing exercise that will improve their ability to write in Italian.

Required Texts:
Pietro di Donato, Cristo tra i muratori , trad. italiana , 2011, (tit. orig.: Christ in Concret, 1939) - Edizioni Il Grappolo
Mercato S. Severino (Sa) 2001, pp. 223 € 13. Per contatti e info: info@ilgrappolo.it
Carlo Tresca, Una giornata infernale di Carlo Tresca nel Mesaba Range, 662 – Il fascista GenePope è un uomo di paglia, 670 (da Italoamericana, F. Durante Mondadori 2005); ISBN 88-04-54380-9
Arturo Giovannitti: «O Labor of America: Heartbeat of Mankind», 576 – To Mussolini, 580 – Malebolge,
582 – Samnite Cradle Song, 586 (da Italoamericana, F. Durante da Italoamericana, F. Durante Mondadori 2005); ISBN 88-04-54380-9
Efrem Bartoletti, I maggio, 596 – In memoria di Joe Hill, 597 – L’I.W.W., 598 – Ricordando Carlo (da Italoamericana, F. Durante da Italoamericana, F. Durante Mondadori 2005); ISBN 88-04-54380-9 )
J. Fante Racconti , Dago Red , Einaudi 2006, XXXVII-221 p., brossura
L. Ferlinghetti , Poesia come arte che insorge , Giunti 2009 20011- ISBN-EAN 9788809056312, Literature

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ITAL 6672 - Principles Lit Communication      

Principles of Literary Communication

This course will focus on the basic rules upon which any literary communication is based. Particular attention will be dedicated to rhetoric and poetics problems. The course will explore some important theories and methods regarding, respectively, the creation and production of texts and their readership reception. The course will analyze a few literary masterpieces of the Western literary canon, with a close reading of their narrative beginning and ending: the two most poignant textual places in any literary work. Places of fundamental importance since they convey all the most significant aspects (rhetorical, thematic, linguistic, narratological, etc.) which are necessary for a correct reading of the selected text. The aim of this course is to offer to the students a clear basis for reading narrative works. GLIT

Primary works required for this course:
Manzoni Alessandro, I promessi sposi (1840-1842), (as a founding model of the historical novel genre).
Sciascia Leonardo, Il giorno della civetta, 1961 (as a sample of a peculiar detective story genre)
Attanasio Maria, Correva l’anno 1698 e nella città avvenne il fatto memorabile, Sellerio, Palermo, 1994 (as a sample of a contemporary short historical narrative). Literature

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ITAL 6673 - The Renaissance Courts      

The Renaissance Courts: Society, Civil and Intellectual Life, Culture, Literature and Philosophy

This course seeks to deepen our knowledge of the history, material life and civil culture in the main courts of the Italian Renaissance (16th C.). In addition to literary (Machiavelli, Ariosto, Michelangelo, Guicciardini, Tasso) and philosophical (Renaissance, anti-Renaissance, idealism, anti-idealism) production at these courts, this course will explore the role of intellectuals and the conditions of civil life experienced by different social classes. Therefore it proposes to examine the Renaissance from a complex vantage point in order to shed light on its multiple manifestations – from artistic breakthroughs to the realities of social unrest, which might be described as anthropological in nature.

Required Text: G. Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier Università, 2014 (II ed.). ISBN 978 88 00 745048. Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor. Literature

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ITAL 6677 - Multicult/Interfaith Dialogue      

Multicultural and Interfaith Dialogue in the Mediterranean: The Situation in Italy


The resettlement of Muslim immigrants in Europe and the emergence of a type of collective religious membership [O1] are transforming society which, today, finds itself facing high stakes challenges from the second religion [O2] practiced in Europe. The crisis in the southern Mediterranean increases the difficulty of these challenges that necessitate urgently a serious intercultural conversation between social services and progressive policy makers. The questions to confront are largely difficult; their answers putting seriously in play the future and the security of a Europe that is struggling to find efficient and practical solutions. The dialogue with Europe and Islam must consider integration within Muslim communities, the amplification of Islamaphobia, radical Islam, terrorism, social services, secularism and religion, Muslim women and their freedom and sexuality, exploitation of media and politics, relations between Islam and the European institutions.

Required Texts: Edgar Morin, Tariq Ramadan, Claude-Henry Du Bord, (2015),Il pericolo delle idee, Erickson. ISBN: 978 88 590 0596 4 (il libro è disponibile anche in formato e-book).
Stefano Allievi, Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna G. (2016), Tutto quello che non vi hanno mai detto sull’immigrazione, Laterza. ISBN: 978 8858123720 (il libro è disponibile anche in formato e-book).
Ulteriori materiali in Pdf o in fotocopia saranno consegnati dal docente. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6693 - Teaching Italian      

Teaching Italian: Theoretical Principles and Practical Applications for Effective Material Development and Classroom Practice. (For DML candidates, advanced graduate students and teachers)

The course focuses both on the main theoretical principles and practical applications of methodology for teaching Italian as Foreign Language (IFL). During the course, participants will be exposed to the main language teaching methodologies and practices. This may include: the analysis of different approaches to course and syllabus design, the development of specific lesson plans, the integration of task-based instruction, the use of inductive approaches to teaching grammar and vocabulary; and the assessment practices with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. The starting point will be the consideration of the principles and notions on which course design is based (e.g. learner characteristics and needs analysis). Then, students will be encouraged to analyze the nature of the four basic language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing), and to reflect on the techniques best suited to the development of competence in each of these areas. While the course stresses the interconnected nature of the four skills, attention will also be devoted to the detailed analysis of the theoretical frameworks for each individual skill. Active and collaborative participation in the course activities is required and students will be encouraged to conduct readings, engage in face-to-face and online discussions, develop lesson plans, observe language classes, prepare task-based activities, and conduct teaching demonstrations.

Required texts:
- Diadori, P. (2010). Insegnare italiano a stranieri, Le Monnier. (ISBN: 88008604190
- Serragiotto, G. (2009), Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina. (ISBN
9788875432409)
- ACTFL (2011). Standards for foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century. Yonkers: ACTFL. Pedagogy

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ITAL 6699 - New Technology Teaching IFL      

New Technologies for Learning and Teaching Italian as Foreign Language (IFL) (for DML candidates, advanced graduate students and teachers).

This course provides a balanced presentation of central issues in the theory and practice of Italian as Foreign Language teaching methodology and instructional technology. During the course, students will also develop critical skills for a meaningful integration of instructional technologies into their teaching/learning of Italian. The course will present the overall perspective in the context of current practices involving the integration of latest technologies. After conducting a review of technology in learning and teaching foreign languages (theories of learning and key ideas for understanding e-learning), students will be guided to analyze the opportunities and constraints in using technology in the educational process. Students will be also asked to select methodological approaches appropriate to the technologically-enhanced learning situation. An important component of the course will be the active participation and collaboration of all students in group discussions (both in-class and online), as well as the practical in-class technology-enhanced projects and demonstrations.

Required texts:
- Balboni E., Margiotta U. (2012) Formare online i docenti di lingue e italiano L2. Utet (ISBN 8860081998)
- Pichiassi, M. (2007). Apprendere l'italiano L2 nell'era digitale - Le nuove tecnologie nell'insegnamento e apprendimento dell'italiano per stranieri. Edizioni Guerra - Soleil (ISBN 8855700626)
- Serragiotto, G. (2009). Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina (ISBN-9788875432409)

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ITAL 6702 - Meridian Thought, Med Spheres      

Meridian Thought, Mediterranean Spheres

The scope of this course will be to reconsider some fundamental texts and commentaries on the Italian North/South relationship since the birth of the Italian nation in 1861, and to imagine expanded contexts for such questions in our contemporary era. Readings will include literary text and critical works and range from Antonio Gramsci's La questione meridionale, to Ignazio Silone's "La narrativa e il sottosuolo meridionale", to Franco Cassano's Il pensiero meridiano, to Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Appunti per un poema sul terzo mondo," to Tahar Ben Jelloun's Dove lo stato non c'e'. While these texts in general tend to comment on the role and participation (or exclusion) of the Italian south within the Italian national project, our readings will venture into, and be inclusive of, the more recent concept of what has been termed the "global south." For example, Ben Jelloun's writings on the Italian south represent a realigned perspective that might assist one in reading cross-Mediterranean relations. This is particularly important given the migratory influx of populations from the both the North-African coast and sub-Saharan Africa (as examples of points of departure). In this case Cassano's Pensiero meridiano comes to represent an attempt at finding parallel situations at home and abroad that once again re-present the Gramscian notion of alliances under evolved and extra-national circumstances. Not unexpectedly, film has come to form a large component of the continuing discourse on meridian thought. As a result, we will view and discuss both fiction and non-fiction films concerned with new migrations across the Mediterranean in order to begin to assess the differences or similarities between the written word and the filmic image in successfully representing the cultures of meridian thought.

Required Texts: Cassano, Franco. Il pensiero meridiano. Bari: Laterza, (1996) Tre modi di vedere il Sud. Bologna: Il mulino, (2009). Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6707 - Italian Poetry after WWII      

The course will focus on some of the most prominent poets who followed the generation of Hermeticism and had the task of finding new poetic paths for the generation of the second post-war period. These poets are: Attilio Bertolucci, Giorgio Caproni, Mario Luzi, Alda Merini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Giovanni Raboni, Vittorio Sereni, Maria Luisa Spaziani, Andrea Zanzotto.

Required texts: Maurizio Cucchi, Poeti italiani del secondo Novecento, 1945-1995, Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1996. (Oscar Mondadori: 2004) Literature

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ITAL 6721 - Globalization of the Mafia      

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge to interpret the phenomena of organized crime. It defines patterns, characteristics, norms, myths, symbols and languages and offers a reading of their evolution as a function of globalization and new technologies, starting with Lucky Luciano to the present day. In particular, we will study criminal activities with reference to drug trafficking and trade routes (Caribbean, Atlantic and transoceanic), the economic outlook favored by old and new recycling techniques (casino, internet, financial institutions, and other commercial activities), joint-ventures with interactions and strategic alliances between various criminal groups, especially in the Americas, and communication systems based on languages that are increasingly sophisticated.

Required Texts:
Dire e non dire, di Nicola Gratteri e Antonio Nicaso, Mondadori, Milano, 2012. ISBN 978-88-04-62306-9
Quando la mafia trovò l'America, Salvatore Lupo, Einaudi, Torino, 2008, ISBN 978-88-06-18598-5 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6724 - Fante: Ital Emigration in West      

John Fante: Italian Emigration in the West: Identity and Autobiographical Writing

After an introduction on the characteristics of the literature of emigration, Italian emigration to the western U.S. will be studied from the early years of the twentieth century. The course aims to examine some of the novels of John Fante, now considered one of the greatest representatives of Italian American literature. Starting from the imaginary map of his life, which he describes in his novels (The Brotherhood of the Grape, Ask the Dust - La confraternita dell’Uva, Chiedi alla polvere) through the figure of his alter ego, Arturo Bandini , the course will focus on the meaning of the concept of identity that is developed through the limits of autobiography but also through writing, understood as the universal overcoming of self. This approach will demonstrate how from the paternal theme to the construction of his own bildungsroman, the continuous relationship between life and literature becomes the basis for his writing, creating an irreverent metaliterature intended as a symbol of the ultimate conquest of the self. Literature

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ITAL 6728 - The Revolution of Renaissance      

THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION II

The Revolution of Renaissance: the Foundations of Modern Art and Science

In this course we will analyze the birth of the Renaissance in Florence, its artistic
antecedents and then dwell on Brunelleschi and his revolutionary theories on perspective as a new spiritual and rational vision of the world. We will examine the historical, economic and cultural conditions that spawned and stimulated the new art forms that spread from Florence throughout Italy and Europe.The major authors of the three arts—architecture,sculpture and painting—who will become the first models for the development of the entire period (Brunelleschi and Alberti, Ghiberti and Donatello, Masaccio, Fra Angelico and Ghirlandaio) will be studied along with artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael. Lectures will be supplemented by historical, scientific and literary readings and will follow a thematic and chronological order, focusing on specific issues such as Platonism and Aristotelianism, the art of portraiture, sculpture, dynamism and expressionism, spirituality and eroticism.

Requisiti: 2 schede di circa 1,000 parole l’una su due autori inseriti nella lista integrativa (30% del voto finale); 1 esame orale finale (30%); 1 presentazione di 20 minuti su un’opera non direttamente studiata a lezione (20%); partecipazione attiva e informata in classe (20%).
NB: per visionare alcuni filmati dedicati alle opere in questione è necessario avere il programma Java: sul proprio computer. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6731 - Music of Gioacchino Rossini      

The Music of Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

The course will follow Rossini's biographical and artistic evolution from youth to maturity and the development of the techniques that gave form to his masterpieces. The early Rossini operas of the 19th century, are a departure from the melodrama that was then emerging. His ideal was that of opera as liberation through play, artifice, and enchantment. His rhythmic perfection, – the famous Rossini crescendo – makes of the music a wonderful game in itself. Between 1810 and 1829 he wrote thirty-nine operas including -- Barbiere di Siviglia, Cenerentola, L'italiana in Algeri, and William Tell. This fruitful period was followed by a silence that lasted the rest of his life, with the exception of a few sacred works, chamber music, and piano pieces.

Required Texts:
Vittorio Emiliani, Il furore e il silenzio. Vite di Gioachino Rossini, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2008. ISBN-10: 8815125051 - ISBN-13: 978-8815125057
Giovanni Carli Ballola, Rossini. L’uomo, la musica, Bompiani, Milano, 2009
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ITAL 6739 - Ital-American Emigration Lit      

Italian-American Emigration Literature

This course aims to analyze Italian-American emigration through literature produced by women. The core of the course will focus on the study of the female voice and its evolution from being an object to becoming a creator of literary texts. We will analyze two novels, several poems and a short story by Italian-American migration writers: Helen Barolini (Umbertina), Melania Mazzucco (Vita), Gianna Patriarca (Poesie da Figlie in vendita) and Giunta (“Le mura di Gela”, in Padri racconti italoamericani). Themes range from crossing the ocean, to nostalgia for the past, current events, the painful loss of one’s identity and the attempt to rebuilt it, and finally the emancipation of the female figure. In the proposed texts, we will examine, how immigration involves a loss but also the possibility of redemption. The loss of roots is a recurring motif, and at the same time, a source of literary inspiration.

Required Texts:
Barolini Helen, Umbertina, Avagliano Editore, Cava de' Tirreni, 2001. ISBN-10/ISBN-13 8883090160/978-8883090165.
Mazzucco Melania.,Vita, Einaudi ,2014, ISBN 9788806218812 .
Materiale didattico fornito dalla docente:
G. Patriarca, Rosaria (poesia) da Daughters for sale (Figlie in vendita), Guernica , 1997 ( il testo sarà fornito dalla docente agli studenti)
E. Giunta, Le mura di Gela in N. Balbo, C. Bonomo Albright , E. Giunta, Padri . Racconti italoamericani, Iacobelli ottobre 2009. (Il testo sarà fornito dalla docente). Literature

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ITAL 6745 - Italian Documentary(2004-2014)      

New Italian Documentary (2004-2014)

Cultural clashes, emigration, Mafia, unemployment, and job insecurity are crucial themes often studied by young Italian documentary filmmakers. From the beginning of the 21st century to the present day, the documentary or more properly, “narrative” or “authorial” documentary filmmaking, is experiencing an extraordinary period of rebirth in Italy. It has become an essential part of an aesthetic and cultural revitalization within Italian cinema. However, inadequate distribution has unfortunately hindered public awareness and recognition. This course will thus seek to bring to light and examine the Italian documentary film of the last decade, beginning with the important lessons set forth by Vittorio De Seta, and concluding with Gianfranco Rosi’s, Sacro Gra, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

This course will be complemented by a laboratory seminar. This section will explore the technical aspects of Professor Taviani’s documentary films, especially her most recent work, still in progress, entitled, Essere donne: un viaggio in Europa e nel mondo. This documentary takes a look at four generations of female filmmakers, such as the Californian Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola.

Required Texts:
L’idea documentaria. Altri sguardi dal cinema italiano, a cura di Marco Bertozzi, con la collaborazione di Gianfranco Pannone, Lindau 2003 (scelta di brani).
Il documentario, Scrivere, realizzare e vendere cinema della realtà nell'era dell'artificio, di Alessandro Bignami, Laterza 2011. Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6748 - Journey thru Ital-American Lit      

A Journey through Italian-American Literature

Why did Italian culture ignore the existence for so many years of an Italian-American culture and literature? What were the first literary traces left by Italian immigrants in the United States of America? These questions are fundamental to this course on the presence of Italian writers in America from 1890 until the end of World War II. Starting with the literary production of Giuseppe Prezzolini and Emilio Cecchi, cultural mediators between American culture in Italy and Italian culture in the New World, our study will include texts by Joseph Tusiani, Giovanni Cecchetti, Mario Soldati, Carlo Tresca and letters by Sacco e Vanzetti. Particular attention will be given to the writings of Giose Rimanelli, who immigrated to the USA and today is considered one of the greatest authors of contemporary Italian-American literature. We will examine the complexity of the American myth and its reception, through recurring themes such as flight, journey, roots, and the return to the native country, expressed symbolically through the use of the mother tongue or by code switching. Another objective of this course is to demonstrate how and to what extend the Italian cultural tradition played a role in the formation of a new literary universe born in a world of unpredictably and instability.

Required Texts:
-Italoamericana, Vol.II, a cura di Francesco Durante (Mondadori 2005); ISBN 88-04-54380-9 ( esiste pdf on line )
-G.Prezzolini, America in pantofole ( brani scelti ) , Vallecchi, 2002 ,
ISBN-10 888427073; ISBN-13 (978-888427078)
-E.Cecchi; America amara ( brani scelti ) il testo sarà fornito dalla docente
-Mal d’America. Da mito a realtà/, a cura di Ugo Rubeo (Edizioni Riuniti 1987) ISBN-10 8835930278 ;ISBN-13: 978-8835930273 ( brani selezionati )
-Giovanni Cecchetti ( poesie e prose selezionate ) I testi saranno forniti dalla docente
Giosè Rimanelli, /Il viaggio .un paese chiamato Molise
, 2003, Iannone,
ISBN -10 885160049X ;ISBN-13 97888516000495;
-Giosè Rimanelli ( poesie Tratte da Amerigo, a cura di A Vitti e M.R Pignatelli, Soleil, 2000,) I testi saranno forniti dalla docente. Literature

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ITAL 6755 - Giuseppe Verdi      

Verdi: The Opera of the 19th Century

Giuseppe Verdi defined himself as a prominent composer of 19th century opera. Departing from the “classical” style in which the role of the chorus is to disclose aspects of the drama, Verdi advances the operatic form with a more sensitive development of the protagonists, and in his ultimate works, to a form which expresses a major shift from contemporary popular style. The dramatic theatrical and musical language is innovative and continues to draw out the emotional involvement of the audience, reaffirmed in its new form. It is Verdi's ability to appeal to the public sentiment while evolving a form and incorporating contemporary political ideas that earned him recognition as well as a historical symbol of the Italian unification. Leaving behind the operatic form of the early 19th century while reinvigorating the elements of the "Classical" form, his language becomes more tender elevating itself in favor of a more elastic realization of the form and of the voice with respect to narration of the libretto.
The course intends to examine, by means of study of the most significant operas in their various phases of production, the development of the musical and theatrical language of Verdi while also studying the synthesis of a musical-political experience that presents a strong Verdean identity as well as a continuous operatic development.

Required Texts: Giampiero Tintori, Invito all’ascolto di Verdi, Mursia, Milano, 2009, 302 p., ISBN-10: 8842541427; ISBN-13: 978-8842541424

Readings from: Massimo Mila, Verdi, Rizzoli, Milano, 2012, 840 p., ISBN-10: 8817060437; ISBN-13: 978-8817060431 (libro) Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6763 - Melodrama Ital Postwar Cinema      

Cinematic Melodrama in Italian Postwar Cinema

In this course we shall first study the rhetorical and sentimental cinematic melodramas of the 1930's and 1950's, and thus a ‘generic’ tradition, no matter how ambiguous and unstable. The course shall focus on investigating the term ‘melodrama’ as a new style which came to be at a precise moment in history, and precisely in the 1950’s, which anchored itself to a specific genre, “cinema melò”, but then subverted the characteristics of the genre, or rather undermined them, as suggested by Emiliano Morreale (Donzelli 2011). Such a novel and profoundly modernist style pursued diverse formal strategies, a different rapport between word and image, as well as between music and image, and unmistakably stated the impossibility for cinema to express, fully and unambiguously, its relationship with Reality. Then, in Italy the 1950s bring a new awareness of the mechanisms lying at the foundation of a new interpretation of melodrama, one by which the dualism between voice and body, apparently resolved in early film melodrama, seems to be superseded by subtraction and becomes a memory, a trace filled with nostalgia, something to be longed for, or rather, the source of a profoundly desperate feeling of loss—as it happens, for instance, in many of Michelangelo Antonioni’s cinematic melodramas.

Required Texts:
*Note:* Students should have a history of Italian cinema.
- A. Moravia, L’amore coniugale, 1949.
- E. Morreale, Così piangevano. Il cinema melò nell’Italia degli anni cinquanta, Rome, Donzelli, 2011.
- L. Cardone, Il melodramma, Rome, Il Castoro, 2012.
- S. Pesce (ed.), Imitazioni della vita. Il melodramma cinematografico, Recco (GE), Le Mani, 2007.
- A study of Roberto Rossellini
- A study of Michelangelo Antonioni
* A reader will be provided by the instructor.

FILMOGRAPHY:
Mamma (1941), Carmine Gallone
Senza pietà (1948), Alberto Lattuada
Catene (1949), Raffaello Matarazzo
Riso amaro (1949), Giuseppe De Santis
Anna (1951), Alberto Lattuada
I figli non si vendono (1951), Mario Bonnard
La peccatrice dell’isola (1952), Sergio Corbucci
Vergine moderna (1954), Marcello Pagliero
L’angelo bianco (1955), Raffaello Matarazzo

DAL NEOREALISMO AL MODERNISMO ATTRAVERSO IL MELO’: ROSSELLINI E ANTONIONI
1. ROBERTO ROSSELLINI
Roma città aperta (1945), Roberto Rossellini
Desiderio (1946), Marcello Pagliero e Roberto Rossellini
L’amore (1948), Roberto Rossellini
Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950), Roberto Rossellini
L’amore in città (1953), Roberto Rossellini et al.
Siamo donne (1953), Roberto Rossellini et al.
Viaggio in Italia (1954), Roberto Rossellini

2. MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI
Cronaca di un amore (1950)
I vinti (1953)
La signora senza camelie (1953)
L'amore in città - episodio Tentato suicidio (1953)
Le amiche (da un soggetto di Cesare Pavese) (1955)
Il grido (1957)
L'avventura (1960)
La notte (1961)
L'eclisse (1962)
Il deserto rosso (1964)
I tre volti - episodio Il provino (1965)
Blow-Up (da un soggetto di Julio Cortázar) (1966)
Zabriskie Point (1970)
Professione: reporter (da un soggetto di Mark Peploe) (1975)
Il mistero di Oberwald (da un soggetto di Jean Cocteau) (1980)
Identificazione di una donna (1982)
Al di là delle nuvole (codiretto con Wim Wenders) (1995)
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ITAL 6775 - Italian Renaissance Epic      

The course will study the poetry of chivalry in Italy between the fifteenth and sixteenth. Particular attention will be given to epic novels by Matteo Maria Boiardo (Orlando innamorato) and Ludovico Ariosto (Orlando furioso), then to the evolution in epic structure of Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata.

Required Text: /Tra romanzo cavalleresco e poema epico: Boiardo, Ariosto, Tasso/, a cura di Gino Tellini, Firenze, 2016 (materiale di lavoro che sarà distribuito in PDF a tutti gli iscritti al corso). Literature

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ITAL 6781 - Italian Fashion      

The scope of this course is to provide basic knowledge and critical tools for understanding the phenomenon of Italian fashion. Through chronological and thematic readings, various stages of the history of fashion and costume will be presented from the Middle Ages to today. In showing the transition from the atelier to mass production, fundamental issues will be discussed and illustrated through readings and study of iconographic documents. Special attention will be devoted to the last century to show how certain elements of Italian identity are also linked to a phenomenon such as fashion, seemingly ephemeral and in constant evolution

Required Texts:
-Sofia Gnoli, Un secolo di moda italiana 1900-2000, Roma, Meltemi, 2005, ISBN 978-88-8353-428-7
-Moda. Storia e storie, a cura di Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Giorgio Rielli, Elisa Tosi Brandi, Milano, Mondadori, 2010, ISBN 978-88-6159-490-6
-Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Breve storia della moda in Italia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2011- ISBN 978-88-15-25300-2 Civ Cul & Soc

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ITAL 6789 - Italian Literature Today      

Italian Literature Today: From the Post-Modern to New Realism

NOTE: this is a three-week course in session two (July 19 - August 7).

The course aims to illustrate the panorama of Italian literature today, from the so-called "reflusso" and the turn to Postmodernism in the eighties and nineties which marked the absolute primacy of hermeneutics, to the current trend of New Realism, which has presented in the last decade signs of a new approach to reality, of a return to the search for an absolute truth which springs from strong ethical foundations.

Required Text: Letteratura italiana d’oggi. Dal Postmoderno al
Nuovo realismo
: G. Tellini, Firenze, 2015 (materiale di lavoro che sarà consegnato in PDF a tutti gli iscritti al corso). Literature

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ITAL 6795 - Teach Ital: Theory, Apps, Tech      

Teaching Italian: Theoretical Principles, Practical Applications, and New Technologies for Effective Material Development and Classroom Practice
(For DML candidates, advanced graduate students and teachers)

NOTE: this is a 2-unit course that meets 3-hours per day

The course focuses both on the main theoretical principles and practical applications of teaching methodology and instructional technology for the teaching of Italian as Foreign Language (IFL). During the methodology section of the course, participants will be exposed to the main language teaching methodologies and classroom practices. This may include: the analysis of different approaches to course and syllabus design, the development of specific lesson plans, the integration of task-based instruction, and the assessment practices with the ACTFL proficiency guidelines. During the technology section of the course, students will develop critical skills for a meaningful integration of instructional technologies into their teaching/learning of Italian. After conducting a review of instructional technologies available for learning and teaching foreign languages, students will be guided to analyze the opportunities and constraints in using specific technologies for Italian as Foreign Language instruction. Active and collaborative participation in the course activities is required and students will be encouraged to conduct readings, engage in face-to-face and online discussions, develop lesson plans, observe language classes, prepare task-based activities, and conduct technology-enhanced projects and teaching demonstrations.

Required Texts:
- Balboni E., Margiotta U. (2012) Formare online i docenti di lingue e italiano L2. Utet (ISBN 8860081998)
- Diadori, P. (2010). Insegnare italiano a stranieri, Le Monnier. (ISBN: 88008604190)
- Pichiassi, M. (2007). Apprendere l'italiano L2 nell'era digitale - Le nuove tecnologie nell'insegnamento e apprendimento dell'italiano per stranieri. Edizioni Guerra - Soleil (ISBN 8855700626)
- Serragiotto, G. (2009). Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina (ISBN 9788875432409). Available online at: http://arca.unive.it/bitstream/10278/1237/1/SerragiottoR.pdf Pedagogy

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ITAL 6800 - Independent Study      

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ITAL 6902 - Research Paper      

For 1st summer DML students only.

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
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