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ITAL 6515 - Politcs &Society Fascist Italy
Politics, Culture and Society in Fascist Italy
This course will study how the totalitarian fascist program planned to reshape Italians and Italian Culture and the role played by literature, cinema, documentaries. The national program for youth development as well as the magazines aimed at young adults and children will also be examined. The course will present an overview of the “autarkical campaign,” imperialism, and the anti-Semitic campaign, as elements that contributed to construction of the totalitarian fascist model.
Required texts:Emilio Gentile, Il culto del littorio. La sacralizzazione della politica nell’Italia fascista, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2009. ISBN - 88-420-6323-1
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, La cultura fascista, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2004.
ISBN - 88-15-09633-7
Mariolina Graziosi, La donna e la storia: identità di genere e identità collettiva
nell'Italia liberale e fascista, Napoli, Liguori, 2000. ISBN - 88-207-3021-9
Vito Zagarrio, Cinema e fascismo. Film, modelli, immaginari, Venezia, Marsilio, 2004.
ISBN - 88-317-8063-8
ITAL 6530 - Intro to Romance Philology
Introduction to Romance Philology
This course explores the linguistic features and characteristics of major Romance languages such as French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Romanian. Attention will be given to the phonological, morphological and syntactic components of the languages to be studied, with emphasis on both similarities and differences. (1 Unit)
This course also counts for one of core courses for the Master in Mediterranean Studies
Required text: Renzi Lorenzo e Andreose Alvise, Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza (Bologna: Il Mulino)
ITAL 6538 - Exile & Migration Contemp Lit
Borders, Exile, Migration and Exile in Contemporary Italian Literature
This class focuses on works written in Italian but that may not be classified as part of Italian literature according to the traditional national canon. The books included in the syllabus deal with multicultural experiences in and outside Italy. The goal of the class is that of reflecting upon literary categories that do not apply anymore (or have never applied) to specific sections of Italian literature that are better understood if de-nationalized and envisioned in a multicultural and multilingual context. Is it topics or languages that assimilate literary works to a specific tradition? Does a Hungarian-born author who writes in Italian belong to one of the two specific linguistic literary traditions? In what measure the acquired cultural tradition mingles or clashes with the original background in an author who lives most of his life abroad, but chooses to write in his/her native language? A Swiss Italian writer is Swiss or Italian? Both? Neither? What are the boundaries that define or expand the concept of border literature? We will study works that question the traditional lines of the Italian canon and suggest that rather than speaking of Italian literature, we should begin speaking of literature written in Italian.
Required texts: Fleur Jaeggy. La paura del cielo. Milano: Adelphi, 1994.
Giorgio Pressburger. La neve e la colpa. Torino: Einaudi, 1998. 88-06-14747-1
---. Di vento e di fuoco. Torino: Einaudi, 2000. 88-06-14748-X
Edith Bruck. Transit. Venezia: Marsilio, 1978. 88-317-6270-2
Claudio Magris. Danubio. Milano: Grazanti, 1985. 9-7888-11-674528
---. Un altro mare. Milano: Garzanti, 1991. 88-11-67752-1
Paolo Mauresing. La variante di Lüneburg. Milano: Adelphi, 1993. 88-459-0984-0
ITAL 6540 - History of Industrial Design
Industrial Design Made in Italy
The objective of this course is to furnish the fundamental knowledge and critical
tools for understanding the phenomenon of Italian Industrial design. The development of the industrial system of production, the formation of the industrial model, and of the industrial and technological system in Italy will be examined to illustrate the historical lateness of Italy’s passage from applied art to industrial serial production and how this late transformation produced a specific evolution that has determined the success and the specificity of the Italian
system in the world market. The objective of this course is to identify the unique circumstances that have contributed to the success of “MADE IN ITALY.”
Andrea Branzi, Introduzione al design italiano. Una modernità incompleta, Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 1999, Milano
Renato De Fusco, Made in Italy. Storia del design italiano, Laterza, 2007
Vittorio Gregotti, Il disegno del prodotto industriale. Italia (1860-1980), Mondadori, Electa, 1986, MilanoCiv Cul & Soc
ITAL 6545 - Italiana Identity Med Alterity
Italina Identity and Mediterraneean Alterities
This course is divided in two parts, one on theory and the other on readings and textual analysis. The first part will be centered on the work of Edward Said and Franco Cassano, on a variety of work on immigration and on the formation of a multicultural social fabric in Southern Italy. Particular emphasis will be given to the presence of the Arab immigration that is now beginning to have its own literary voice in Italian. The second part will focus on the analysis of selected texts pertaining to these issues. Class discussions will examine the dichotomy of a mythological corrupted South versus an efficient, productive and industrial North which is at the base of Franco Cassano’s theory of the meridian thought. (This course can also count for the Master in Mediterranean Studies)
Required texts: Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedura, Il Gattopardo, Feltrinelli, 2007. Leonardo Sciascia, Consiglio d’Egitto
Maria Attanasio, Di Concetta e le sue donne, Sellerio, 1999. Roberto Saviano, Gomorra. Viaggio nell'impero economico e nel sogno di dominio della camorra, Mondadori, 2006. Daniela Carmosino, Uccidiamo la luna a marechiaro. il Sud nella nuova narrativa italiana, Donzelli, 2009.
Franco Cassano, Il pensiero meridiano, Laterza, 2005 (1996).
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 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 a particular
attention to problems of stylistics.
* 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 required to take
3407 without graduate credit and cannot apply to the Florence Program
in Italy (1 Unit).
Required Texts: The instructor will supply all course materials.
Summer 2012, Summer 2013
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 focussing on major literary movements and their chief representatives in a political and social context. Beginning with an overview of Italian Romanticism the course will then focus on the development of the novel, and the poetics of realism, Decadentismo and Futurism. Representative writers of the twentieth century will also be studied. Changing attitudes in poetry will be illustrated by a selection of readings ranging from “Crepuscular poets” to the "Hermetic poets" and the Transavanguardia. Selected writings by contemporary authors will also be included. (1 Unit)
Required Text: Mario Pazzaglia. Scrittori e critici della letteratura italiana. Ottocento e Novecento. Antologia con pagine critiche e un profilo di storia letteraria. Vol. 3 (vol. unico). Terza Ed. Bologna: Zanichelli (1996). ISBN: 9788808146922. Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.Literature
Summer 2010, Summer 2012
ITAL 6568 - Tradition of the Italian Fable
Tradition of the Italian Theatrical Fable from Carlo Gozzi to Pirandello
Through a multitude of sources this course will trace how fables and fantastic literature represent a rich tradition in Italian literature starting with the Renaissance epic. In 1600, with Pentamerone (Lo cunto de li cunti), Giovan Battista Basile created the model from which all fables, from the Grimm brothers to Borges and Calvino, have been drawn. This genre also exists in Italian theater dating from Machiavelli’s La mandragola (1513), which stages a double reality, translating the dream into a critical representation rich with symbols, through metaphor and paradox. This apparently distorted vision of the world transforms the stage into a fantasy space, and therefore into a mental space which has influenced not only literature but the magical neo-realism of Cesare Zavattini in cinematography.
Required texts:/La Mandragola/ by Machiavelli Niccolò, Scaccia Mario
edited by Sala E., Editore: Persiani, 2009 - ISBN: 8896013011
La grande magia by De Filippo Eduardo
Einaudi, 1973 - ISBN: 8806364340
Quando si è qualcuno - La favola del figlio cambiato - I giganti dellamontaga by Pirandello Luigi, Mondadori, 2000 - ISBN: 8804487631
ITAL 6573 - Intro Early Modern Ital Lit ▲
Introduction to Early Modern Italian Literature
This course focuses on the historical development of mid- to late- sixteenth-, seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Italian literature. We will read the works of major Italian authors in relation to their impact on both Italian and European culture, from the last days of the Renaissance to the onset of Arcadia. While discussing the representative literary and philosophical works of these two centuries, we will examine the evolution/involution of the intellectual class, the hegemony of religious and political power over science and the arts and how literature emerges from the society which it attempts to change or describe. (1 Unit)
Required text: M. Pazzaglia, Letteratura italiana. Testi e critica con lineamenti di storia letteraria. Vol. II. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1992-1993. ISBN 9788808130662Literature
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6576 - Faces of Italy:1861 to Present ▲
Faces of Italy:Italian Culture and Society through Literature, Theater and Film from 1861 to 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. We will also contextualize the Italian reality within that of Europe and the rest of the world.
Required Texts: L’Italia spiegata ai ragazzi, A. Nicaso, Pignotti. Mondadori, 2011.
Il Gattopardo, Tomasi di Lampedusa - Feltrinelli – EAN.
Fontamara di Ignazio Silone - Classici Moderni, Oscar Mondadori.
Summer 2010, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
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 thirteenth century to Renaissance Humanism of the fifteenth century. Selected readings from major works of representative authors will illustrate the dominant intellectual trends and the development of literary forms. 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. (1 Unit)
Required Text: M. Pazzaglia, Letteratura italiana. Testi e critica con lineamenti di storia letteraria. Vol. 1. Bologna: Zanichelli, 1992-1993. ISBN 9788808130648Literature
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2013
ITAL 6590 - History & Evolution of Wine
The History and Evolution of Wine Culture
Wine is one of the last examples of a product that offers variety; for this reason many people have approached it not only as a source of pleasure but as an object of study. In Italy, as elsewhere in the world, a variety of classes, wine tastings, sponsored events, study tours and trips are offered year round to learn more about how wine is made. This course offers more than an understanding of organoleptic properties of wine. Wine is not just something to drink; it is poetry, science, a relationship with the land that produces it, education and civilization. This course starts with the history of wine production, from Greece to the present day. It will study the birth of wine in the Mediterranean culture and its present role. It will analyze its role in Italy's social and economic spheres, ecoogy, rural culture and will end with the history of wine tasting and its development in different coutnries, from manufacturers to consumers.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6595 - Italian for Business
This course is designed to provide an introduction to terminology used in conducting business with Italian firms. Topical readings, analyses of business correspondence, office documents and newspaper articles will be examined along with formats for writing formal letters, faxes, email and curriculum vitae. These will be integrated with practice replicating communicative situations relative to the business world. Cultural factors crucial to initiating and sustaining commercial relations will also be explored.
Pelliccia, G., Mezzadri, M. L’italiano in azienda, Guerra Edizioni, Perugia.
ISBN: 88-7715-552-3, EAN: 978-88-7715-552-8
ITAL 6602 - Reading & Writing in Italian ▲
Reading and Writing in Italian: Improve your Writing and your Reading
A direct and close contact with some entertaining texts authored by the best contemporary Italian writers will lead the student to grow conscious of her/his voice and achieve a deeper understanding of it. We will read and comment 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.
Required Texts: Fruttero & Lucentini, I ferri del mestiere. Manuale involontario di scrittura con esercizi svolti, Tascabili Einaudi, n. 1279, Torino 2004.
Angelo Marchese, L'officina del racconto. Semiotica della narrativita`
Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1990
Additional reading material will be provided by the instructor, possibly including short texts by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Beppe Fenoglio, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Natalia Ginzburg, Tommaso Landolfi, Primo Levi, Leo Longanesi, Goffredo Parise, and others.
Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6603 - Italian Sociolinguistics ▲
The objective of the course is to present a profile of the sociolinguistic situation in Italy today, but with the necessary reference to the pre and post unification periods. The main theoretical notions relevant to linguistics and sociolinguistics (language, norms, language use and users, dialects, the different types of linguistic variations and so on) will be discussed. The final aim is to illustrate the characteristics of standard Italian, its regional variations and today’s dialects by considering their use by speakers in the different communicative situations. Other topics include jargon, contemporary adolescent talk, the Italian spoken by foreigners both in and outside of Italy, the Italian used in the mass media, in advertising, in politics and in other sectors. (1 unit)
Required Texts: Gaetano Berruto,Sociolinguistica dell’italiano contemporaneo.
T. De Mauro, Linguistica elementare. Roma Bari: Laterza (1998),
ITAL 6604 - Italian Phonetics ▲
The course objective is to enable students to acquire the concepts and scientific instruments needed to understand the mechanisms that drive the production (phonetics) and organization (phonology) of the sounds of human language. To this end, a particular emphasis will be placed on the dialectal varieties of language. This preparation will allow students to put into practice the principles of the phonetic transcription of single words and enunciations (their concatenation) using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will also confront the study of the segmental system and some of the super-segmental characteristics of language (duration, accent and tone, for example), which go beyond the theories linked to the phonological structure of words and enunciation
Required texts: Maturi, Pietro. (2009). I suoni delle lingue, i suoni dell’italiano. Introduzione alla fonetica (seconda edizione). Bologna: Il Mulino. (pp. 9-113). ISBN: 978-88-15-13305-2.
Nespor, Marina & Bafile, Laura. (2008). I suoni del linguaggio. Bologna: Il Mulino. ISBN: 978-88-12678-8.
ITAL 6607 - Italian Language Pedagogy ▲
The course aims to provide the students with the principle notions of linguistics and sociolinguistic theories useful for the teaching of languages. Particular use will be made of notions relevant to applied linguistics and to the methodologies of language teaching. The objective is to outline the traits on an effective language pedagogy which places at the center of its concerns the communicative needs of the learner. Other topics include language acquisition, linguistics communication, the role of grammar in language teaching, the notion of” linguistic space”, the stratification of Italian lexicon, written language versus spoken language, regarding also the levels of Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).Pedagogy
ITAL 6609 - Semiotic Theory and Practice
Semiotic Theory and Practice in Italy
This course will present a critical study of the interpretative acts underlying the understanding of signs. It will trace the development of semiotics from a historical/social perspective though the works of various theoreticians. Particular attention will be paid to the function of verbal and non-verbal signs in the literary, linguistic fields as well as communication through theater, cinema art and the media. The course will be both theoretical and practical as together with tests and essays students will be asked to work on applied semiotic projects.
Bonfantini Massimo, Breve corso di semiotica. Laterza 2005. (Settima edizione)
Eco, Umberto, Interpretazione e sovrainterpretazione. Bompiani, 2002.
Marcel Danesi, Brands. Il mondo delle marche. Carocci, 2009.
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012
ITAL 6611 - Modes of Critical Theory ▲
THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION II
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 978-88-00-74003-6Language & Stylistics
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6614 - Pirandello
Pirandello: The Word, the Mise-en-scene and the Myth Santeramo
The course will offer an in-depth study of Luigi Pirandello's most important dramatic works, together with analyses of his theoretical essays on theatre. His three-year directorship of the Teatro d'Arte in Rome will also be examined. Pirandello's plays and theory will be studied in a European context. Particular attention will be paid to the following plays: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Each in his Own Way, Henry IV, The Feast of Our Lord of the Ships, The New Colony, Lazarus; I'm Dreaming, But Am I?; Tonight We Improvise and The Mountain Giants.
Required Texts: Donato Santeramo, Luigi Pirandello: la parola, la scena e il mito. Roma: Nuova Editrice Universitaria, 2007. ISBN: 978-88-95155-09-8
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
Pirandello's plays and essays can be found at: http://www.classicitaliani.it/index070.htm"Literature
ITAL 6616 - Verism: Giovanni Verga
The course offers a survey of the main tenets of Italian Verismo through the readings of the main novels and novellas by Giovanni Verga. Verismo was, on the one hand, the counterpart of French Naturalism; on the other, the logical development of the reflection on realism that Romantic writers had privileged. Through the discussion of the main narrative works by Verga, the course aims at identifying the historical discourse within the nineteenth-century Italian literature and, whenever it will be possible, at comparing Verismo with French Naturalism.
Required texts: Giovanni Verga, I Malavoglia, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [OCLC: 17319705] Giovanni Verga, Mastro-don Gesualdo, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [ISBN: 8804228938 (pbk.); 9788804228936 (pbk.)] Giovanni Verga, Tutte le novelle, Milan: Mondadori, 1983 [OCLC: 10395014]Literature
ITAL 6618 - Tavianis Brothers' Films
The 150th Anniversary of Italy Unification seen through the Films of the Tavianis Brothers
The course will study and analyze 150 years of national history through
the Taviani Brothers' films. We will look at the agricultural society
of the South and the reality of migration studying A Man for Burning
and Good Morning Babylon. The Risorgimento as an unsuccessful
revolution will be analyzed from the standpoint of Saint Michael had a
Rooster and Allonsanfan. We will also study the subversion and the
utopias of the Sixties, the Resistance movement and the issue of the
South as portrayed in The Night of San Lorenzo, My Father, my Master
and Kaos , adapted from short stories by Sicilian writer par
excellence, Luigi Pirandello. Through an examination of so-called
"political cinema," we will study the disengagement and economic boom
that followed the Resistance through the comedies of Risi and
Monicelli, concluding with a look at the cinema of the last generation
(Vicari, Munzi, Garrone, Marra and Crialese) who experiment with new
ITAL 6624 - Italian/American Lit & Film
Italian / American Literature & Film: Production and Representation
This course offers a close look at the printed and celluloid works of some of the more prominent names in twentieth-century Italian/American literature and film. Along with those listed above, and time permitting, we may also see a few films, not made by Italian Americans, about Italian Americans. Along with the usual historical and thematic analyses of these authors’ works, the technique, “intention,” and narrative “responsibility” of the modern/contemporary writer will be examined. Namegly, “How, why, and for whom does one write?” And, if applicable, how do they fit into the modernist vis-à-vis postmodernist discourse.
Required texts: Helen Barolini, Umbertina. Avagliano, 2001 (1979);John Fante, Dago Red. Racconti. Einaudi, 2006; Figli di due mondi, a cura di Francesco Durante. Avagliano, 2002.
Poetry: Dal Po al Potomac: esperienze di poesia e poetica italiana in America, a cura di Luigi Fontanella. Il Grappolo, 1998;
Joseph Tusiani. Il ritorno. Schena, 1992.
Skyscapers of New York (1905);The Black Hand / (1906);/Il padrino (1972);
L’emigrante (1974);My Name is Tanino (2003); Nuovomondo (2007).
AA. VV. Scene italoamericane: rappresentazioni cinematografiche degli italiani d’America, a cura di Anna Camaiti Hostert e Anthony Julian Tamburri. Sossella, 2002;Luigi Fontanella, La parola transfuga. Scrittori italiani in America. Cadmo, 2003;Paolo Giordano. “Emigranti, espatriati e/o esiliati: italiani e letteratura negli Stati Uniti,” in Lo straniero, a cura di Mario Domenichelli e Pino Fasano. Bulzoni, 1996;Anthony Julian Tamburri, Una semiotica dell’etnicità: nuove segnalature per la scrittura italiano/americana. Franco Cesati Editore, 2010.
ITAL 6626 - Topics History Ital Language
Topics in the History of the Italian Language
This course will trace the origins of the Italian language, and provide an overview of the principal phases of its evolution, from the earliest documents and Medieval vernaculars through the codification of the literary standard during the Renaissance. The focus on the literary language will be complemented by the study of the varying relations between Italian and its dialects across time, space, and society, but particularly in regard to contemporary Italy. A look at the vicissitudes of Italian abroad will shed light on language use and structural changes in unstable contexts of contact situations.
Required Texts: Material in electronic form to be available for students upon arrival at MiddleburyLanguage & Stylistics
ITAL 6628 - The Mafia:Cinematic Perspectvs
The Mafia through Cinematic and Literary Perspectives
The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the complex phenomena called Mafia. We will study how within Italian cinema the characterization of the Mafia and mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses and the good guy, crusader from the North sent to Sicily to fight crime. Special attention will be dedicated to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy, Placido Rizzotto, Salvatore Giuliano, Il giorno della civetta, Falcone, Borsellino, Fortapasc and Il Divo.
La mafia spiegata ai ragazzi. Nicaso, Antonio - Mondadori, 2010
Il Giorno della civetta. Sciascia Leonardo, Baglione A. - La nuova italia editrice, 1993
Silvana Gandolfi, Io dentro gli spari, Salani Editore, 2010
Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nelle mani giuste, Einaudi, 2007
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012
ITAL 6629 - The Risorgimento Nicaso
The Disunity of Italy: Deeds and Misdeeds of the Risorgimento Nicaso
The history of Italian Risorgimento is conditioned by rhetoric that has constructed a nation founded on a legendary past, based on the heroism and martyrdom of a minority of combatants who believed that they had a special mission to accomplish. Reality is different. 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 with the north led to a civil war. We will explore how the victor effaced the memories of the vanquished and discover the true nature of the Risorgimento.
Required Texts: O Roma o morte di Arrigo Petacco, Mondadori, 2010- ISBN 978-88-04-60457-0, Il sangue del Sud di Giordano Bruno Guerri, Mondadori, 2010-ISBN 978-88-04-60330-6, Il Gattopardo di Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Felitrinelli (Universale economia), 2003, ISBN 880781028X.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6630 - Sounds & Songs of Ital Cinema
Sounds and Songs of Italian Cinema
Learning how to "listen" to the movies provides the cinemagoer with new
narratives and added cultural values to an already complex maze of
cultural contexts one finds in Italian Cinema. Therefore, this course
will guide the student through the entire spectrum of Italian cinema
spanning the masterpieces of the silent film era and the ever-popular
soundtracks composed by Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone.
Required Texts: Gian Piero Brunetta. Cent'anni di cinema italiano (Roma-Bari. Editori Laterza, 1995), Sergio Miceli. Musica e cinema nella cultura del Novecento (Roma: Bulzoni, 2010).Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6631 - Myth of Ulysses in Ital Lit
The Mediterranean Myth of Ulysses in Italian Literature
This course looks to deepen the understanding of the figure of Ulysses, as legend in the foundation of Mediterranean culture. The course will examine the multifarious nature of the character of Ulysses, i.e., its ancient as well as modern aspects. The figure of Ulysses offers itself as a symbol of innumerable potentialities: a varying heroismk constantly reinterpreted with the passage of centuries. It stimulated expression from Homer to authors of the twentieth century, and inspired a plurality of protagonists very different from one another. After an analysis of the Ulysses in Homeric poetry (the Illiad and the Odyssey), the course will focus on the metamorphosis of the character in some classical authors of Italian literature: from Dante Alighieri to Ugo Foscolo, from Gabriele D’Annunzio to Giovanni Pascoli, and to Guido Gozzano; from Primo Levi to Umberto Saba.
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 Literature
ITAL 6632 - Artist-Writer Ital Renaissance ▲
Artist-Writers of the Italian Renaissance
The course aims to deepen your knowledge regarding the rapport of artistic culture through the literary works of three grand artist-writers: Michelangelo Buonarroti, Benvenuto Cellini, and Giorgio Vasari. During the cultural height of the first half of the 1500s, these artist-writers shared presuppositions that restored reason to the fundamental experience of writing, occupying a prominent position also in the field of literary history through three diverse genres: lyric poetry, autobiographical prose, and artistic historiography.
Required texts: Gino Tellini, Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2011, ISBN 978-88-00-74071-5.
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
ITAL 6634 - Humoristc Lit:I promessi sposi
Beyond "Historia": /I promessi sposi/ as a Humorist Novel
Beyond "History": "I promessi sposi" as a Humorist Novel Ciccarelli In this course we will analyze Alessandro Manzoni's famous novel as a model of humoristic literature for the subsequent Italian narrative tradition. From Pirandello to Calvino, from Svevo to Gadda, most Italian writers who have been associated to the humoristic literary current have demonstrated a keen appreciation of Manzoni's novel and work, without judging it, mostly or exclusively, for its religious or moralistic goal.
To the contrary, they have identified the novel's strength in its irony and humor, which have been seen as powerful intellectual weapons of Manzoni's poetics. It is through these rhetorical weapons that Manzoni, in his novel, uncovers and denounces the harshness of reality, without ever losing contact with the paradoxical aspects that affect human life. Manzoni combines his strong belief in the historical truth with his strong religious belief to ridicule hypocrisy and falsity, and to offer an anthropological view of human conditions which embraces empathy as well as condemnation of humanity's inevitable flaws. In this class we will read the novel and its appendix, the 'Storia della colonna infame,' as well as a few passages from some of the works by the 20th-century authors mentioned above.
Texts are available online. Critical texts will be at the Middlebury library
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
ITAL 6640 - Verdi & 19C Italian Melodrama ▲
Verdi and the Italian Melodrama of the 19th Century
The study of Italian culture, literature and music cannot be studied independently from opera and melodrama. It is within this genre that many authors, librettists, and musicians have pursued their artistic endeavors for long centuries. In the 19th century it is the melodrama that serves as a vehicle for the expression of romantic and risorgimental ideals. The communicative dimension of the genre developed within the dimension of theatre, which involves a public that is vast and stratified. Opera was driven in its course of evolution by structural definitions and taste, which were in close dialogue with developments in intellectual thinking and other art forms. This course will focus on historical aspects, formal constitution, aesthetic meanings, poetic motivations, musical and technical languages, social correlations and dimensions of production within the Italian operatic tradition. Special attention will be given to the 19th century and the epoch of Giuseppe Verdi.
Required texts: Massimo Mila, Verdi (a cura di Pietro Gelli), Milano, Rizzoli, 2000. ISBN 8817865354, 9788817865357Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6641 - Cult Soc&Prvt Life Renaissance
Culture, Social Life and Private Life in the Renaissance
The course aims to illustrate not only the historical context but also the civil and social life of Renaissance civilization (XVI century). Specific topics covered in the course, along with the literary, scientific and artistic works, will be the conditions of daily life in the city and countryside, with special focus on gastronomy, clothing, and the practice of medicine across the various social classes. Ultimately the course will offer a broad perspective of Renaissance culture from both a historical and cultural standpoint.
Required Text: R. Bruscagli-G. Tellini, Letteratura e storia, Firenze, Sansoni, 2005, vol. II (Umanesimo e Rinascimento), ISBN 88-383-0567-6.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6645 - Dialects of Italy
In the very first part of the course, an introduction to Italian phonetics will be given, in order to let the students write and read following the IPA system (International Phonetic Alphabet), which is an essential tool for the study of the phonologic phenomena of the dialects of Italy. Then, the course will address a set of basic concepts, such as the notions of language, dialect, linguistic repertoire, heteronomy and official language, isogloss, dialectal boundaries, and continuum. Moreover, students will know the principal methods and tools used in dialectology, such as linguistic Atlas, and the main problems in the classification of the dialects of Italy.
In the second part of the course, students will explore the structure of the Italian dialects, and the linguistic repertoire of the alloglot communities in Italy. For this reason, on one hand, the course will offer a wide review of the phonetic, grammatical and syntactic characteristics of the principal dialects of Italy through authentic material, such as videos and sound recordings. On the other hand, the course will recall the dialectal fragmentation of Italy from the pre-Latin substratum, and will present the current alloglot communities of Italy (such as the Greek, Albanian, Germanic, Ladino, Catalan, Occitan, etc.).
Required Text: Loporcaro, Michele. (2013). Profilo linguistico dei dialetti italiani. Roma-Bari: Laterza. ISBN: 978-88-593-0006-9Language & Stylistics
ITAL 6650 - Italian Political Thought
From Dante to Gramsci: Italian Political Treatises between ragion di stato and Utopia
This course deals with political and utopian treatises written in Italy during the Middleage, the Cinquecento and up to Antonio Gramsci. After reviewing some aspects of the origins of th epolitical debate that evolved before Machiavelli, we will focus on a number of writers who, from different perspectives, dealt with the complex issues involved in the delicate relations between the rulers and the subjects and the organization of civil life. We will read and analyze, in the light of the historical and political reality of the Italy of the time (a particular troubled reality of the Italian States), selections from the works of Dante, Machiavelli, Guicciadini, Botero, Zoccolo, Campanella and Gramsci.
Required Texts: Dante, Monarchia, a c. di M. Pizzica, Milano, Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, 1988, Euro 9,50. ISBN-88-17-16682-0, N. Machiavelli, Il Principe, a c. di G. Inglese, Einaudi (E. 8.00) ISBN - 88-06-13851-0, Guicciardini, Ricordi, a c. di G. Masi, Milano, Mursia, 1994, ISBN - 88-425-1595-7, A. Gramsci, Scritti scelti, Milano, BUR, 2007 (E. 14.00) ISBN – 9788817016186Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6653 - The Jewish Culture in Italy
This course offers a panoramic history of the first Jewish settlements in what is now Italy from the High Middle Ages to present day Italy. This chronological survey will examine some of the most interesting aspects of the Jewish presence in Italy: the makeup of the community, the traditions, the literature, philosophy, economic activities, the relationship with the Vatican and the Catholic majority, life in the Ghettos, racial persecutions, and the relationship between racism and anti-Semitism. Special attention will be given to some of the major figures that came out of the Jewish communities both in the arts and in the field of science. Among those we will study are Leone de’ Sommi, Leon Modena, Natalia Ginzburg, Primo Levi, Emilio G. Segre’ and Rita Montalcini.
Required text: Storia d’Italia, Annali vol. 11 * 11 * [11/2] – Gli Ebrei in Italia
Einaudi, Torino, 1997 - ISBN-13: 9788806130374
ITAL 6659 - The Cinema of Francesco Rosi ▲
THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION I
The aim of this course is to study Francesco Rosi's cinematography, which includes an impressive number of individually celebrated films, which occupy a unique place in postwar Italian and world cinema. His seventeen feature films are known for their extraordinarily consistent formal balance and their unflinching look at the historical events and cultural traditions that have shaped the Italian national character. They thus represent a body of work of inordinate importance for both the cultural history of Italy since the fall of Fascism and for a realist theory of cinematic representation.
Required texts:Antono Giulio Mancin e Sandro Zambetti, Francesco Rosi, Milano: Il Castoro, 1998.
Io lo chiamo cinematografo conversazioni con Giuseppe Tornatore, di Francesco Rosi, Milano: Mondadori, 2103.
ITAL 6661 - Mediterranean Boccaccio: ▲
A course on Mediterranean Boccaccio originates from the awareness that a culture and its visual and literary texts cannot be considered without taking into account the context that generated them. The context we consider in this class is the culture of the Mediterranean in the XIII and XIV centuries, namely the cultural, commercial and intellectual exchanges through the Mare Nostrum. The course aims to follow the path of what can be considered 'Mediterranean' in the Decameron starting from a study of the representation of the cities and in particular of the city of Naples, one of the Mediterranean cities most loved by Boccaccio. In this course students will be introduced to a reading of Boccaccio's texts with a particular focus on the Decameron, a literary, social and cultural
observatory of Italy in XIV Century. The approach is both philological, as a 'direct' access to the Italian texts, and cultural by means of contextualizing them in the literary and social setting that generated them. The first part of this course aims to locate Boccaccio within Mediterranean culture by looking at the role of Florence with Naples and France and the relationship Boccaccio had with the Florentine Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Grand Seneschal of the Angevin Kingdom in Naples, not to mention the impact that the Southern city had on Boccaccio. Messina, Palermo and Venezia will also be considered. The second part of the course is the actual reading of Boccaccio's texts and it progressively follows the themes of the Decameron.
°The credit for this course can also be used for the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies
Required Texts: G. Boccaccio, Decameron, a cura di V. Branca, Torino, Einaudi, 2005, ISBN-9788806177027
2 Voll. (students are required to bring a copy of this edition).
F. Bruni, Boccaccio e l'invezione della letteratura mezzana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 1990, ISBN-88-15-02479-4
R. Morosini, Bocaccio Geografo, ISBN-978-88-564-0102-8.
Summer 2011, Summer 2013
ITAL 6662 - Italian Colonial &Post-Col Lit ▲
Italian Colonial & Post-Colonial Literature
Set against the background of the hundred years of the Italian colonial and postcolonial experience in Africa, this course will confront the period between 1935 (the year of the Italian war in Ethiopia) and the periods of “Amministrazione fiduciaria” (Fiduciary administration) and Italian Cooperation in Somalia through the analysis of the colonial and postcolonial novels of Flaiano, Tobino, dell’Oro, and Domenichelli.
Required texts:Ennio Flaiano, Tempo di uccidere (1947), Milano, Rizzoli (BUR). ISBN 978-88-17-02333-7
Mario Tobino, Il deserto della Libia (2011), Torino, Einaudi; Milano, Mondadori. ISBN 978-88-04-61276-6
Erminia dell’Oro, Asmara Addio, Roma, Baldini e Castodi (I Nani), 1988. ISBN 978-888089230-2
Mario Domenichelli, Lugemalé/, Firenze, Pagliai, 2005. ISBN 97 88883048 661
ITAL 6665 - Mediterranean & Dante's DC
The Mediterranean Signature of Dante’s Divina Commedia
The course will explore Dante’s Divina Commedia with special reference to the Medieval Mediterranean 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 network of intellectual traditions (Islamic, Jewish, Christian) that dominated Dante’s age.
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, 1993).
ITAL 6669 - Mediterranean Culture
This course looks to understand the historical and cultural mosaic, and the geographical and political realities of the Mediterranean, in order for students to better grasp the complexities associated with this region of the planet. The Mediterranean basin is the cradle of many great civilizations as well as the big three monotheistic religions, and the Mediterranean sea links and divides Europe from the Arabic-Muslim world at the same time.
The course will in part examine the history of the Arabic-Muslim world, which demonstrates the contact as well as the confrontation between the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean basin. Presently, the Muslim-Arabic world is afflicted by socio-economic inequalities, political and cultural conflict and emigration, which all beg reflection upon fundamental themes of the history of political and cultural coexistence regarding the opposing Mediterranean shores.
The course will also focus on the issues of the integration of immigrants of Islamic origin in the societies of the northern shores of the Mediterranean, on terrorism, as well as on Islam and modernity. However, the reflections in the course will move well beyond ideas of ‘civilization conflict’ between Islam and the West, theorized by Samuel Huntington, and will attempt, instead, to adjust its perspective in order to consider the single destiny of these two Mediterranean worlds.
Horchani F., Zolo D. (a cura di), Mediterraneo. Un dialogo fra le due sponde, Jouvence, Roma, 2005.
Guolo R., Xenofobi e xenofili. Gli italiani e l’Islam, Laterza,
Filali-Ansary A., Islam e laicità. Il punto di vista dei musulmani
progressisti, Cooper Castelvecchi, Roma, 2003.
ITAL 6680 - Politcs Society &Economy Italy
Politics, Society and Economy in Italy: From the Reconstruction to the Advent of Berlusconi (1960-2009)
This course will study the changes in the Italian political system and the cultural transformations from the birth of the Republic to the advent of Silvio Berlusconi. Special emphasis will be given to Catholicism and to the political parties that rose from the fall of Fascism. The role of the economic boom, internal emigration, terrorism and the end of ideologies will be examined. We will also study the end of the first republish, the rise of the second republic and the new parties that emerged from the political crisis. The course will end with a close study of the rise of Berlusconi and the new parties.
Aurelio Lepre, Storia della prima Repubblica. L’Italia dal 1942 al 1992, Il Mulino, Bologna, 1993, pp. 157-342. ISBN-88-15-04062-5
Silvio Lanaro, Storia dell’Italia repubblicana. Dalla fine della guerra agli anni novanta, Marsilio, Venezia, 1993, pp. 221-451. ISBN-88-317-5403-3
Guido Crainz, Storia del miracolo italiano: culture, identità, trasformazioni fra anni Cinquanta e Sessanta, Donzelli, Roma, 2005, pp. 273. ISBN 88-7989-945-7
Luigi Lotti, I partiti della Repubblica. La politica in Italia dal 1946 al 1997, Le Monnier, Firenze, 1998. (Photocopies to be distributed in class)
(Photocopies on “berlusconismo” will be provide).Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6683 - The Italian Diaspora
This course will explore the Italian Diaspora, that is, the phenomenon that saw approximately twenty-four million people emigrate from Italy from the 19th century to the present day. After having studied the causes of emigration, students will focus on the impact of Italians and their descendents in their countries of adoption. Special attention will be paid to the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
Gabaccia, Donna R. Emigranti: Le diaspore degli italiani dal Medioevo a oggi. Torino: Einaudi, 2003
ITAL 6684 - Italian American Studies
Scrittori "italiani" nelle Americhe
This course will look at the writings of significant "Italian" voices from three areas of the Americas: Canada, The United States, and Argentina. While all prose writings, they different from each other in that some are fictional and others are quasi travelogues (Pariani, Il paese dei sogni perduti) or autobiographies (Blengino, Ommi! L'America). Some of the fictional writings may be based on family histories (Rimanelli, Una posizione sociale; Ricci, Vite dei santi), others are based to a certain degree on a tragic event such as the internment of Italians in the early 1940s (Scottoline, Il prezzo del silenzi), one of the United States' best kept secrets, and others still are fictions infused with the writer's italianità (Melfi, Riti di infertilità).
Along with the usual analysis of the technique, "intention," and narrative "responsibility" of the modern/contemporary writer, we shall also examine the historical and thematic analyses of these authors' works specifically from the lens of biculturalism and immigration. That said, the other questions such as "How, why, and for whom does one write?" or, when applicable, "How do they fit into the modernist vis-à-vis postmodernist discourse?" will take on new meaning. Further still, we shall also examine the different modes in which these writers express their italianità and how such difference maybe rooted in and influenced by the local various local cultures in which these writers work their craft.
Frank Paci, Scarpe italiane (2007 )
Giose Rimanelli, Una posizione sociale (1959; La stanza grande )
Vanni Blengino, Ommi! L'America (2007)
Laura Pariani, Il paese dei sogni perduti. Anni e storie argentine (2004)
ITAL 6686 - Pascoli and D'Annuzio
A Poetic Comparison: Pascoli's and D'Annuzio's Poetics
In this class we will study and confront the poetry of two of the most important European poets of the symbolist period, Giovanni Pascoli and Gabriele D'Annunzio. We will examine, in particular, their interpretation of nature. We will verify when and how nature is the subject (as a similitude) or the object (as a metaphor) of their poetic investigations. It would not be possible to analyze in depth Pascoli’s and D’Annunzio’s poetics without first assessing the role of nature in the works of some of their models within the Italian literary tradition. In the first classes, we will briefly examine, therefore, some of these models to then focus on Pascoli’s and D’Annunzio’s major poetic works. We will conclude the course with a brief incursion into early twentieth-century Italian poetry to confirm the impact that their poetics has had on the rest of the century.
NB: tutti i testi, tranne che per D’Annunzio e Montale, si trovano sul sito bibliografico dell’università’ di Roma “La Sapienza” http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/index.php. Ci sono altri siti web, ma quello qui prescelto è uno dei pochi che riprenda i testi da edizioni filologicamente corrette. Per D’Annunzio e Montale i testi saranno in PDF. Se disponibili, i presenti testi saranno messi in deposito presso la biblioteca:
Required Texts: Dizionario critico della letteratura italiana, diretto da V. Branca, Torino, UTET, 1987. PASCOLI, Giovanni. Poesie. Ed. Augusto Vicinelli. Milano: Mondadori, 1997.
---. Opere. Ed. Maurizio Perugi. Milano: Ricciardi, 1980
Poesie e prose scelte di Giovanni Pascoli, Ed. Cesare Garboli, 2 voll., Milano: Mondadori, 2002.
Contini, Gianfranco. “Il linguaggio di Pascoli.” Varianti e altra linguistica. Torino: Einaudi,1974 (RR).
Luzi, Mario. Giovanni Pascoli. Storia della letteratura italiana. Milano: Garzanti, Vol. VIII,
Pasolini, Pier Paolo. Passione e ideologia. Milano: Garzanti, 1960.
D’ANNUNZIO, Gabriele. Versi d’amore e di gloria. Eds. Luciano Anceschi et als. Milano:Mondadori, 1992, v. II.
---. Alcyone. Ed. Piero Gibellini. Milano: Mondadori, 1988.
Annamaria Andreoli. D’Annunzio. Firenze: La Nuova Italia, 1985.
Fulvio Senardi, Il punto su D'Annunzio, Laterza, 1989.
Per conoscere Montale. Antologia corredata da testi critici, a c. di M. Forti, Milano, Mondadori, coll. "Oscar" 1986, ristampa 1999;
P. V. MENGALDO, "L'opera in versi" di E. Montale, in Letteratura Italiana. Le Opere, IV, Torino, Einaudi, 1995, pp.625-668.
ITAL 6687 - The Actor's Body:ITAL Theater
Theatrical Performance in the Last Three Decades of Italian Theater: The Actor's Body
The intent of this course is to study the last intensive thirty years of contemporary Italian theater, a period marked by research, new tendencies and new schools of thought regarding performance and theater itself. The course will have a creative point of view by presenting the material not only historically but focusing on the centrality of the actor. In this manner many poetic and theatrical languages will be studied from the inside, thus uniting theory and the personal experience of the instructor as interpreter and author. Following this approach the course is divided in five parts with specific themes that provide a range of interpretations of theatrical expression and thought over the last three decades.
Claudio Meldolesi. La terza vita di Leo. Edizione: TITIVILLUS. 2010
Gerardo Guccini (a cura di) La bottega dei narratori. Edizione: Dino
Audino Edizioni. 2005
Stefano Casi (a cura di) Non io nei giorni felici. Edizione: TITIVILLUS, 2010.
ITAL 6691 - Contemporary Italian Novel
Contemporary Italian Novel (1975-2000): Between History and Figurative Arts
The course will focus on a few novels written in the last quarter of the Twentieth century and it will explore the intersection of a historical and political discourse and reflections on the figurative arts. The course will argue that there is a strong correlation between the historical background presented in the novel and the presentation and discussion of the artistic works. Among the novels in question there are works by Paolo Volponi, Vincenzo Consolo, Erri De Luca, Antonio Tabucchi.
Vincenzo Consolo, Il sorriso dell’ignoto marinaio,
Vincenzo Consolo, Retablo,
Erri De Luca, Aceto, arcobaleno,
Antonio Tabucchi, Notturno indiano,
Antonio Tabucchi, Racconti, Milan: Feltrinelli, 2005 (selection) [or: Il gioco del rovescio, seconda edizione accresciuta, Milan: Feltrinelli, 1988]
Paolo Volponi, Il sipario ducale,
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; 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 be also 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: Balboni P.E. (1998), Tecniche didattiche per l’educazione linguistica, UTET Libreria, Torino (ISBN 9788876756061)
Balboni P.E. (2002), Le sfide di Babele, UTET Libreria, Torino (ISBN 9788860083579)
Serragiotto, G. (2009), Sillabo di riferimento per la formazione degli insegnanti di italiano a stranieri. Venezia: Cafoscarina. (ISBN 9788875432409)
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012
ITAL 6694 - Sem in Ital Lit:Pietro Aretino
Seminar in Italian Literature: Pietro Aretino
An introduction to the works and thought of one of the most important and controversial figures in Italian Renaissance literature: namely, Pietro Aretino. Aretino (the first vernacular writer to publish an erotic book in the Christian world and a volume of his own letters) wrote in all of the literary genres: short story, epic, familiar letters, the ascetic tale, lyric poetry and satire, comedy and tragedy.
Required Text: Material in electronic form to be available for students upon arrival at Middlebury.Literature
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)
Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6701 - Religions of the Mediterranean ▲
Religions of the Mediterranean
The course intends to pursue the following goals: 1. To analyze the fundamental concepts at the basis of the three major monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - through selected readings from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Koran; 2. To view succinctly these three religions in their historical development; 3. To explore how sexuality is viewed in the three religions.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6703 - Mask in Contemp Ital Theater ▲
The Mask in Contemporary Italian Theatre (From Dario Fo to the New theater of Narration to the transgressive Masks of Ricci/Forte (crossing the Commedia dell’Arte, Goldoni and Pirandello)
This course proposes to expand students' knowledge of contemporary Italian theatre through a special concentration on the mask, a central element of theatrical language. In a perpetual dialogue between tradition and contemporary practice we will place in confrontation the following elements: -certain key characteristics of the Commedia dell'arte and the theatre of Dario Fo and his storytelling masks -the renovation of tradition achieved by Goldoni and the theatre of Toni Servillo -some fundamentals of Brecht's "epic theatre" and the new theatre of Italian of narration - the dissolution of the "I" achieved in Pirandello's theater and the new dramaturgy of certain groups in the latest theatrical generations in Italy.
In so doing, the course intends to provide some cultural-historical coordinates regarding the usage and the sense of the mask and its dramaturgy. At the same time, through the observation of certain particularly significant works of contemporary Italian theatre, the students will be able to confront their study materials with concrete examples, comprehend from within the specifics of theatrical language (largely by virtue of the instructor's field experience as a theatrical author and interpreter), and develop an approach to the proposed video materials that is both personal and critical.
Required text: Dario Fo, Manuale minimo dell’attore, Torino: Einaudi -ISBN 9788806200510Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6708 - Ital Political Novels &Thought
From Antonio Gramsci to Roberto Saviano: Italian Political Novels and Thought
This course will not only look at the political content of the books to be studied but it will also analyze the social context in which the works were written. Particular attention will be paid to the post-Fascist period. The novels will be studied in a historical context and emphasis will be put on how they reflect a certain understanding of society which is often at odds with the ruling classes. A close reading of the works will also allow for a better understanding of the social function of literature in contemporary society.
Romano Luperini, La scrittura e l’interpretazione, Edizione Rossa, Volume 6 - Modernità e Contemporaneità (Dal 1925 ai nostri giorni). Palumbo Editore.
Cesare Pavese, La luna e i falò/. Torino Einaudi, any edition.
Leonardo Sciascia, /Il giorno della civetta. Adelphi, any edition.
P.P. Pasolini Una vita violenta, on line @ http://www.altrestorie.net/libri/Pasolini.Una%20Vita%20Violenta%20Pier.pdf
Roberto Saviano, Gomorra. Milano: Mondadori 2006.
Dacia Maraini, La ragazza di via Maqueda, Rizzoli, 2009.
ITAL 6709 - Italian Narrative 1990-Present
The Italian Narrative of the last 20 years: Height and Decline of Postmodernism
This course provides an overview of the principal tendencies reflected in the Italian novel over the past twenty years, looking only at acclaimed writers from this period. The 90s saw the peak of postmodernism while the following decade was marked by the so-called return to reality and commitment. The course illustrates this shift through examples from the two phases of literary culture, highlighting women writers and the literature of migration in particular.
Romano Luperini, La fine del postmoderno, Guida 2005.
Roberto Saviano, Gomorra, Mondadori 2006
Igiaba Scego, La mia casa è dove sono, Rizzoli 2010.
Amara Lakhous, Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a piazza Vittorio, E/O 2006.
ITAL 6713 - Ital Masterpieces in TV & Film
The Major Italian Masterpieces Represented in Television and Film
In this course we will study the cinematic adaptation of some fundamental and very popular literary works written in Italy in the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Excerpts from A. Manzoni, I promessi Sposi, Carlo Levi, Cristo s'è fermato ad Eboli, Primo Levi, La tregua, Elsa Morante, La storia, G. T. di Lampedusa, Il Gattopardo will be read. The novel Pinocchio, the Story of a Puppet, will be read in its entirety. During the lessons these works will be exemplified from the literary point of view as well as from the audiovisual translation.
A. Maddalena, Il Gattopardo di Luchino Visconti, Guerra Edizioni, 2004. (Collana del cinema italiano per stranieri).
C. Collodi, Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino. Giunti editore 2008.
La sfida della verità. Il cinema di Francesco Rosi, a cura di A.Tassone, G. Rizza, C. Tognolotti, Firenze, Aida Edizioni, 2005
ITAL 6714 - Cinematic World of Neorealism
The Cinematic World of Neorealism
This course provides an understanding of the history, philosophy, politics, artistic movements and civic renaissance of postwar Italian life. By discussing the most important films, essays, and controversies of the time, as well as the various styles of the major directors of this wonderful movement: Rossellini, Visconti, De Santis and De Sica, students will discover and learn about the fascinating cinematic changes that revolutionized the world of cinema.
André Bazin. Che cos'è il cinema? Garzanti, 1986.
Lino Micciché. Il neorealismo cinematografico italiano. Venezia: Marsilio, 1975.
Antonio Vitti. Peppe De Santis secondo se stesso. Conferenze, conversazioni e sogni nel cassetto di uno scomodo regista di campagna. Metauro, 2006.
Rossellini Roberto. Il mio metodo. Scritti e interviste. Venezia: Marsilio, 2006.
ITAL 6715 - Tarantismo in Southern Italy
Tarantismo in the Salento area of Southern Italy
This course reviews the ritual occurrence known as Tarantismo, both as a genuine collective phenomenon and as staged (including cinema) festivals.
The lessons discusses anthropological, medical, and ethno-musicological issues which have, over the centuries, dealt with this enigmatic phenomenon that contains pagan and Christian religions, ancient and modern medicine, forms of music therapies, and sexual and sociological behaviors typical not only of Salento's population, but also common, these studies have proven, to other Mediterranean cultures as well.
Ernesto De Martino, La terra del rimorso: il Sud, tra religione e magia. Nuove edizioni tascabili - Il Saggiatore (Mondadori, 2004).
ITAL 6717 - Globalization of Criminal Org ▲
The Globalization of Criminal Organizations
This course aims to analyze the globalization of diverse criminal organizations (Mafias) and their entrance in the ‘new economy.’ At first, the course will examine the origins of this globalization: the summit of Palermo and Appalachian in 1957; the market of the heroine; the investigation of the French and Pizza Connection; the testimony of Joe Valachi; and the cover up of Joe Pistone’s that revealed the secrets of the ‘Cosa Nostra’ to Americans. Then students will be introduced to the diverse ‘Mafias’criminal organizations in Italy. For example, the ‘Ndrangheta will be analyzed as one new example of globalized criminality, including the diverse activities in which it is involved: kidnapping, construction market, drug trafficking, money laundering, and investments in the legal economy. Keeping in mind the evolution from the old to the new economy, this course will conclude with the internalization of markets, the condition of the legal economy, and above all criminal organizations’ relationship with power in moments of economical crisis. The course will also take into consideration the diverse sectors of success of the Mafia economy and the cultural, political, and economic acceptance of its infiltration into society.
*Required texts*: /La mafia spiegata ai ragazzi, Antonio Nicaso, Mondadori, ISBN 978-88-04-60368-9
Dire e non dire, I dieci comandamenti della 'ndrangheta nelle parole degli affiliati, Nicola Gratteri, Antonio Nicaso, ISBN 978-88-04-62306-9
Gomorra, Roberto Saviano, Mondadori, ISBN 978-88-04-61316-9.
ITAL 6718 - Ital/US Cultural Articulation ▲
"Italian" Cultural Articulations in/about the United States*
THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION I
This course continues in the same vein as those offered in 2010 (Letteratura e cinema “italiano/americani”: produzione e rappresentazione) and 2011 (Studi “italiano/americani”: Rappresentazioni degli “italiani” nelle Americhe); it will look at the articulation of contemporary “Italian” (writers and filmmakers) voices from/about the United States. Along with the usual analysis of the technique, “intention,” and narrative “responsibility” of the modern/contemporary writer/filmmaker, we shall also examine the historical and thematic analyses of these people’s works specifically from the lens of biculturalism and immigration. That said, the other questions such as “How, why, and for whom does one write?” or, when applicable, “How do they fit into the modernist vis-à-vis postmodernist discourse?” will take on new meaning. Further still, we shall also examine the different modes in which these individuals express a sense of italianità and how such difference may be rooted in and influenced by the various local cultures in which they have and continue to work their craft.
Luigi Fontanella, Controfigura (Marsilio 2009). ISBN 9788831798877
Antonio Monda, L’America non esiste (Mondadori 2012). ISBN 9788804616054
Alfredo de Palchi, Collezione anonima (Xenos 1997, bilingual edition; Caramanica 1998). ISBN 1-879378-23-X
Rita Dinale, Una quieta pazienza (San Marco dei Giustiniani 1986).
ITAL 6723 - E. Morante & V. Consolo Novels ▲
Elsa Morante’s and Vincenzo Consolo’s Novels
The course will discuss some novels by Elsa Morante and Vincenzo Consolo, which are also a reflection on some moments of Italian history from Risorgimento to Resistance to the years of terrorism. We will read the following novels in chronological order: Elsa Morante, La Storia (1974); Aracoeli (1982); Vincenzo Consolo, La ferita dell'aprile (1963); Il sorriso dell'ignoto marinaio (1976); Lo spasimo di Palermo (1998). A discussion of the historical and political climate of Italy in the periods in which the novels are set will accompany the reading of the novels.
Required texts: Vincenzo Consolo, La ferita dell'aprile (1963), Milano: Mondadori, 2008;ISBN: 9788804577430; 8804577436
Vincenzo, Consolo, Il sorriso dell'ignoto marinaio (1976), Milano:
Mondadori, 2009; ISBN: 9788804528548; 8804528540
Vincenzo Consolo, Lo spasimo di Palermo (1998), Milano: Mondadori, 2007;
ISBN: 9788804472018; 8804472014
Elsa Morante, La Storia (1974), Torino: Einaudi, 2005; ISBN: 9788806177409
(2008); 8806177400 (br) Series ISSN: 2240-2241
Elsa Morante, Aracoeli (1982), Torino: Einaudi, 2007; ISBN: 9788806174514;
ITAL 6730 - Italian Baroque
Italian Baroque in Turin, Rome, and Lecce: Architecture, Society, Art and History
This course will trace Italian baroque in the urbanistic and artistic developments of three unique Italian cities. Turin, Rome and Lecce. The course will offer close analyses of their rich cultural histories and students will examine the diversities of the fascinating Italian cultural patrimony. In addition, the course will study the Catholic Counterreformation, the order of the Jesuits, and the Conflicts between the Vatican and Martin Luther's Reformation; a situation which largely explains the baroque architecture, painting and sculpture, in contrast to the Protestant Iconoclasm.
Required Texts: A course-pack will be available at the bookstoreCiv Cul & Soc
ITAL 6733 - Modernity in Ital Architecture ▲
Modernity in Italian Architecture: Between Form & Construction
From the Renaissance to Italian Rationalism, in a perennial oscillation between
avant-gardism and tradition, modernity in architecture (from individual buildings to entire cities) has assumed the function of representing the rapport between power and society. But it has always remained, for political, social and economic reasons, an "incomplete" condition. This course aims to provide the cognitive foundations and critical principles necessary for the comprehension of the notion of "modernity" in Italian architecture. Italian modernity has gone through in an original way the different scales of architectural projection, from edifice to city (from the new Renaissance cities to those with Baroque foundations, from the post-unification umbertine cities to the cities and neighborhoods built on Fascist architectural principles, from the popular neighborhoods sparked by the urban growth in the post-World War II period to the failure of the modern ideology of popular urban expansion in the 70s and 80s) through a complex rapport with tradition and innovation, between technological tardiness and utopist tendencies that determined its originality and specificity in relation to European and western modernity.
Required text:Rossi A., L’architettura della città/, Quodlibet, 2011. ISBN-10: 8874624093
Murray P., /L'architettura del Rinascimento italiano, Editore: Laterza; 7 edizione, Collana: Economica Laterza. ISBN-10: 8842054194 ISBN-13: 978-8842054191
G. Ciucci, /Gli Architetti e il fascismo: architettura e città 1922-1944.
Editore: Einaudi (28 maggio 2002). Collana: Piccola biblioteca Einaudi. Nuova serie
ISBN-10: 8806163108/ISBN-13: 978-8806163105
Tafuri M., Storia dell’architettura Italiana 1944-1985, Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi,
Editore: Einaudi (4 giugno 2002). Collana: Piccola biblioteca Einaudi. Nuova serie
ISBN-10: 8806163280 ISBN-13: 978-8806163280
ITAL 6734 - Italian Baroque Literature
ITAL 6737 - Study of Literary Sicilianita
Sciascia, Camilleri and Consolo: A Study of Literary Sicilianita
The course is divided into two parts: the first section will introduce the concept of Sicilianità in literature understood as a common denominator of the literary production of Sicilian writers as presented by the critic S. Guglielmino, for whom Sicilian literature can be identified "in the presence of those data and those components that are considered close to the sensitivity and the specific way of being Sicilian". During the lectures we will discuss the common elements of Sicilian literature that have become a recognizable
literary canon for recurring themes such as realism, the Mafia, the disillusionment with the ideals of the Risorgimento, the issues related to the South, the l’Horror vacui and the haunting presence of death.
°The credit for this course can also be used for the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies
Required Texts: V. Consolo Di qua dal faro, Mondadori ,1999
L. Sciascia Il giorno della Civetta Einaiudi, 1961 (1° ed)
L. Sciascia Il Contesto, Einaudi, 19711
Camilleri. Voi non sapete, Mondadori, 2007
Camilleri. L’odore della notte, Sellerio, 2010 e Selllerio,2001
Artticoli: L.Sciascia “I professionisti dell’antimafia” , “Corriere della sera” , gennaio 1987
Francesco Zucconi, "Tra inchiesta e diagnosi del discorso politico. L'Affaire Moro di Leonardo Sciascia", in E/C, 29 marzo 2010.
Gli altri articoli su Consolo e Camilleri saranno forniti da me agli studenti.
ITAL 6742 - Written Spoken Broadcast Ital
Written, Spoken, Broadcasted Contemporary Italian
This course will study written, spoken and broadcasted contemporary Italian. Lessons will focus on various linguistic registers: youth jargon, email, chat, literary language and language used in films. The goal of this course is also to investigate whether the changes brought by the high-speed world of electronic communication and television have caused a linguistic degradation or have expanded the use and created more speakers of the contemporary Italian language.
G. Antonelli, L’italiano nella società della comunicazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007
ITAL 6775 - Italian Renaissance Epic ▲
This course will focus on Ariosto’s Furioso (1532), Tasso’s Liberata (1581-1584) and Tassoni’s Secchia rapita (1630), which we will read in light of the most up-to-date criticism and in the context of the main Renaissance theories on epic. Throughout the course, we will address the question of what constitutes the ‘heroic’ and ‘mock-heroic’ on the stylistic and anthropological level. The seminar style of the course will require the constant and informed participation of all. Students will give one or more presentations, write two short papers, and write a final exam.
Required texts: L. Ariosto, Orlando furioso; ed. Einaudi: 8806131621 9788806131623
or ed. UTET: ISBN: 8802074720 9788802074726
T. Tasso, Gerusalemme liberata. ed. Einaudi: ISBN: 8806175696 9788806175696
The Secchia rapita and all secondary readings will be available in a reader.Literature
Summer 2010, Summer 2013
ITAL 6782 - Italian Singer-Songwriters ▲
Singer-Songwriter: History, Politics, and Society of the 60s to the Present
*THIS IS A 3-WEEK COURSE DURING SESSION II*
In this course, we will analyze the evolution of the Italian song from the 60s to the present, focusing on both the music and the lyrics. We will study, in particular, the rapport and the connections between the evolution of the historical and political moments of singer/songwriters, concentrating on historical, social, and political components that have inspired their music in diverse dimensions.
Required Text: The instructor will supply all course materials.Civ Cul & Soc
ITAL 6800 - Independent Study ▲
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013
ITAL 6902 - Research Paper ▲
Summer 2010, Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013