Daniela Privitera

Italian School Faculty


Ph.D. in Italian Studies - Lexicography and Semantics of Italian Literature - and professor of Humanities and Latin. Adjunct Professor of Italian Linguistics and Italian Literature at the University of Enna "Kore." Adjunct Professor of Italian grammar, Sicilian dialectology and Italian literature at the University of Catania.



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ITAL 3407 - Adv Grammar Comp &Oral Express      

Advanced Grammar and Composition
Note: This level is obligatory for students who apply for the graduate program but do not have a major in Italian, have not completed course work equivalent to a major in Italian and are not able to demonstrate this level of linguistic proficiency. This level is also optional for students who apply for level III but score very high on the placement examination. All students in this level must take the courses listed below.

Advanced Grammar and Composition

This course is designed for students who have previously studied the fundamental structures of the Italian grammar and want to expand their oral and written language skills and to advance to a higher level of proficiency. Specifically, this course focuses on a deeper analysis of syntax, its structure, and functions. Students will read and work on original Italian texts of various styles, and progressively construct a repertoire of textual forms (narrative, descriptive, expressive, and argumentative) to communicate flexibly and fluently in writing and speaking.
Required Texts:
1. Marco Mezzadri, Grammatica essenziale della lingua italiana con esercizi, Guerra Edizioni, ISBN 88-7715-454-3
2. Roberta Tabanelli, Scrivi bene!, Edizioni Farinelli, New York,
ISBN 978-1-937923-17-4

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 7 Week Session

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ITAL 6643 - Communication: TV to Internet      

The Italian Language in Political Communication from Television to Internet
What language do Italian politicians use? Do they speak proper Italian or do they use unpolished populist speech? What is the relationship between the language of politics, television and social media? After a brief introduction of historical nature we will examine the fundamental aspects of the Italian language with particular focus on the vocabulary of political communication, analyzing the most significant changes that this discourse has undergone in the evolution of the mass media, from television to Internet. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2017 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2015 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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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

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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ITAL 6786 - Italian Novel:30's to Present      

Italian Novel from the Thirties to the Present
The course will focus on the evolution of the Italian novel from the thirties to the present. Through the texts by Moravia, Pasolini, Sciascia, Saviano and Maraini students will study the changing characteristics of the novel in a society transitioning from modern to post-modern. Students will be able to analyze narrative techniques and formulate personal opinion after having studied the different critical methodologies developed in the last century. Civ Cul & Soc Literature

Summer 2018 Language Schools, Mills 6 Week Session

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