Gaia Capecchi

Italian School Faculty

 Sunderland Language Center

Laureata con lode in Lettere moderne presso la facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Firenze. Since 2000, she has taught Italian, History and Geography.



Course List: 

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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

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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
Additional reading materials will be provided by the instructor Language & Stylistics

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL 6667 - American Dream:Lit&ITAL Music      

The American Dream: in Literature and Italian Music

The course aims to analyze the history of a dream: America seen through the eyes of Italian writers and songwriters of the twentieth century. The lessons will address the different faces of this multifaceted myth: from its exquisitely literary root (Pavese and Vittorini), to the concreteness of an America as a place of work and travel (Cecchi, Soldati, Arbasino). In studying the fascination for "beyond the ocean", particular reference will be made to music, focusing on those singer-songwriters who from the seventies sang the autogrill America, the escape, the redemption, the thousand lights (Guccini, De Gregori , Dalla, Conte). In a continuous confrontation between hope and disenchantment, illusion and disillusionment, America functions as a mirror, a screen on which to project aspirations and desires. Through the reading and analysis of essays, diaries, letters, stories and texts of songs, the course aims to discover how the Italian identity has also been built through the American myth. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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The Italian School

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5874
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Italian School
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

Joe Tamagni, Coordinator