Elisabetta Sanino D'Amanda

Italian School Faculty

 

Elisabetta Sanino D’Amanda has received a doctorate in Italian and Spanish from the Middlebury College in 2010 with a dissertation on the Director Mimmo Calopresti, titled La prospettiva meridiana di Mimmo Calopresti nel Nuovo cinema italiano.  She is Senior Lecturer of Italian and Italian program coordinator in the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 2004, she has also directed a Study and Work Abroad program based in Genova, Italy. From 2011 she has taught Italian and Italian Cinema at the Italian School of Middlebury College in the summer Language Schools.


In Italy, she has worked in film and television as an actor in lead roles with directors such as Dino Risi, Pupi Avati, Mimmo Calopresti, Felice Farina, and Guido Chiesa. She is writing a book on teaching Italian through the use of film, and her interviews with director Mimmo Calopresti and Guido Chiesa will be included in a forthcoming book published in Italy. She holds an MFA candidate in Film Production at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed two short documentary films, As Good As Bread (2008) and Silent Flame (2009), focusing respectively on the Italian American community of Rochester, NY and the cochlear implant discussion. In 2014 she completed her MFA thesis Torino Is My Town and in 2015 she completed the film Astrodance: Dance About the Wonders of the Universe for the NSF grant Astrodance.

Elisabetta is currently doing pre-production in Italy for a documentary focusing on Italian and American deaf youth and working on a project about the enclave of Italian Anarchist in Barre, Vermont.

 

Courses

Course List: 

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ITAL3251 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required Texts
:
Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor. LNG SOC

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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ITAL3252 - Intro to Contemporary Italy      

This course is intended for students at the intermediate level as it will afford the opportunity to expand conversation, writing, and reading skills while consolidating knowledge of the more difficult points of grammar. The contextual focus of the course is modern Italian culture including history, current events, and literature among other things. Two Italian films, short stories and essays, will enhance and complete the learning experience. Since the Italian School will propose the viewing of the operatic work La Ciociara at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, some fragments from the book La Ciociara (by Alberto Moravia) will be read and discussed during the course. Experts from the faculty and guest artists, such as the journalist and writer Giuseppe Catozzella, will be invited in class to discuss some of the special topics that we will study. Students are also required to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation course and to enroll in the afternoon conversation course.

*Required Texts
:
Nuovo Progetto italiano 1 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-24-2
N/uovo Progetto italiano 2 Corso multimediale di lingua e civiltà italiana/. Edilingua. Roma. ISBN 978-960-6632-76-1

Two Required Films:
La meglio gioventù/(2003). Director: Marco Tullio Giordana.
/Tutta la vita davanti
(2008). Director: Paolo Virzì.

Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor. LIT LNG

Summer 2012, Summer 2013

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ITAL3301 - Composition and Grammar      

This course aims at strengthening and developing the intricate linguistic competence that students must possess in order to decipher and produce various verbal codes. Special emphasis will be given to oral and written expression through a systematic review of complex linguistic structures. The mastery of grammar will be acquired through an intensive practice of a variety of exercises. Readings and discussions of special topics will culminate in the writing of short pieces of descriptive narrative and argumentative prose.

Required Texts: Una grammatica italiana per tutti. 2. Livello Intermedio. Roma: Edilingua (ISBN 9788877157850) - Additional material for the course will be provided by the Instructor

Students are also required to participate in all the workshops offered in the evening and to participate in the Diction & Pronunciation and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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ITAL3306 - Int Conversation & Expression      

Intermediate Conversation & Metaphorical Expression

The objective of this course is to help students practice their conversational skills as well as their listening comprehension, oral expression and to begin to acquire a metaphorical understanding in Italian, while reinforcing the intricate linguistic competence, vocabulary, and grammatical structures they must possess in order to decipher and produce various verbal codes and interact in the Italian socio-cultural context. Group discussions, role-play, visual, and written text analysis from a variety of sources, in-class oral presentation of specific topics will allow students to engage with language in meaningful contexts.

Required Texts: A course pack will be prepared by the instructor.

* Students are also required to participate in Attualita’ e dintorni and in the workshops offered in the evening for this level.

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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ITAL3419 - Modern Italian Filmmakers      

Italian History, Societal Changes, and Culture through Film Lens

This course provides an introduction to Italian history, societal changes, and culture through the Italian film lens. The objective of this course is to gain a better understanding of the often complex mechanism of Italian politics, the intriguing regional differences, and the cultural development that have shaped the Italian Republic. In this course the screening of 12 films will compare thematic and stylistic approaches of the masters with those of today’s directors and analyze how the changes have impacted the nation from the After war to present. A study on the representation of women in cinema will also be part of this study and the opportunity to visit the topic with our artist in residence Giovanna Taviani. It will be included also the study of the role of film in Italian society as well as the artistic and technical achievements for Italian filmmaking. With guidance from the instructor, students in groups will also conduct interviews with filmmakers and producers via skype or email.

Topics covered include:
1. Basics of Film Language:
2. Elements of Italian History with specific attention from the 60 to the present and including: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, Industrialization, Internal Migration, Northern/Southern Italy divide in a Global Context.

3. Social Context of the Italian Film Industry;
Students will write short essays, and will lead in class presentations and discussions. There will be one final paper and exams

Required Texts: A course pack will be prepared by the instructor

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools

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The Italian School

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Middlebury College
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Mailing address
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