Italian Courses, Fall 2013
Italian 103: First Semester Italian, 4cr (U)
Class Number: 37236, Lec001, MTWF, 9-9:50am (Ferrentino)
Class Number: 37470, Lec002, MWF, 11am-12:15pm (Ferrentino)
Class Number: 37237,Lec003, MWT, 12-1:15pm (Soldati)
Class Number: 39108, Lec004, MW, 12-1:50pm (Iaquinta)
Class Number: 39748, Lec005, MWR, 2-3:15pm (Soldati)
Class Number: 37238, Lec105, MW, 6:30-8:45pm (Soldati) *Held at Italian Community Center Off-Campus
Enjoy learning through a variety of activities that develop your ability to carry on a conversation, write, and read in Italian. While working with Italian films, music, and sites on the Internet you will also explore the life and culture of Italy today. For students who have not studied Italian. Prereq: none
Italian 145: Views of Italy, 3cr (U)
Topic: Italians and the Mafia
Class Number: 36248, Lec001, MW, 2-3:15pm (Iaquinta)
Class Number: 36249, Lec002, MW, 11:00am-12:15pm (Celi)
Class Number: 37787, Lec003, MW, 12:30-1:45pm (Celi)
Class Number: 37788, Lec004, MW, 2-3:15pm (Celi)
In this course, we will examine the origins and development of the mafia in Italian society and politics as portrayed in film, fiction, and journalism. We will also analyze key elements of portraits of the mafia created in popular culture in the United States. Prereq: none; satisfies humanities GER and L&S International req.
Italian 203: Third Semester Italian, 3cr (U)
Class Number: 36250, Lec001, MWF, 10-10:50am (Ferrentino)
Class Number: 39461, Lec002, MWF, 11-11:50am (Iaquinta)
Build upon your Italian language skills with creative activities such as skits, short presentations, and collaborative writing that are designed to expand your vocabulary and strengthen self-expression in speaking and writing. In order to sharpen reading and oral comprehension skills, we will work with a range of video materials, films, and writings. Prereq: Italian 104 or placement.
Italian 245: Italian Fictions 3cr (U)
Topic: Pinocchio: From Wood to Flesh
Class Number: 42902, Lec001, MW, 12:30-1:45pm (Milli-Konewko)
From a wooden puppet to a “real” flesh and blood boy. Taught in English, this course explores different aspects of Pinocchio’s adventures through his ambitions, temptations, lies, pleasure, metamorphosis, and understanding. We will look at the images of Pinocchio in a variety of works, including the original tale by Collodi, contemporary stories and films. Satisfies Humanities GER and L&S International req.
Italian 256: Introduction to Italian Food Studies: A Cultural History 3cr (U)
Class Number: 40045, Lec001, MW, 2-3:15pm (Milli-Konewko)
This course investigates the history of Italian eating traditions that unite the practices of the Italian regions as well as those customs that have distinguished regional differences from the Etruscan and Roman times to the present. Key concepts such as the production and consumption of food, its significance as survival and cultural element, will be discussed in order to understand notions of national, regional, class, and individual identities. We will look at the images of food in a variety of works, including material from Ancient Rome, contemporary stories, and films. All readings, discussions and written work are in English; films are in Italian with English subtitles.
Italian 321: Introduction to Italian Literature 3cr (U)
Class Number: 42903, Lec001, MW, 11am-12:15pm (Pickering-Iazzi)
While expanding your vocabulary and abilities to use a rich variety of forms of self-expression, class discussions, presentations, and creative writing activities will provide the opportunity to explore topical issues in contemporary Italian life, culture and society. We will work with short stories, articles, films, and sites on the World Wide Web to learn about such topics as Italian foreign affairs and business, major newsmakers, authors, fashion, and design. Prereq: Italian 204 or consent of Department Chair
Italian 333: Dante’s Divine Comedy in Translation 3cr (U/G)
Class Number: 42904, Lec001, TR, 2:00-3:15pm (Bolduc)
This course will provide a close examination of the three canticles of Dante’s Divine Comedy, tracing the voyage of the pilgrim from Hell, Purgatory, and finally to Heaven. It will be complemented by an exploration of visual resonances of the Divine Comedy in manuscript painting, frescoes, and film. Cross listed with Comparative Literature.
Italian 357: Topics in Italian Culture in Translation: Mafia Movies 3cr (U)
Class Number: 42905, Lec001, MW, 12:30-2:30PM (Pickering-Iazzi)
Since the year 2000, Italian directors have produced some one hundred Mafia movies, taking spectators into the underworld of Cosa Nostra, the camorra, ‘ndrangheta, and the sacra corona unita. In this course we will examine the various ways in which films of the new millennium portray Italy’s diverse mafias and the issues that they raise about Italian life, society, and global relations. Among the award-winning films we will discuss are Gomorra (2008), Galantuomini (Brave Men 2008), The Sicilian Girl (2009), and Una vita tranquilla (A Quiet Life 2010). All readings, discussions, and written work are in English; films are in Italian with English subtitles.