Italian

The Department of Italian offers courses in Italian language and literature, including courses in Italian women's writing, Dante's Divine Comedy, Italian Neorealism, the literature and culture of Naples, Calvino, Tasso, Italian cinema, and the literature and culture of Venice.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 502 Hamilton
212-854-2308
italian@columbia.edu

Web: www.columbia.edu/cu/italian

 

Language Course Enrollment

Students are advised to consult the Department of Italian Web site in advance of the registration period. Enrollment is limited and the attendance policy is strict. Note that the telephone/online registration period for Italian language courses ends after the first Monday of classes.

Placement Test

Students who have taken courses in Italian elsewhere (whether in high school, college, or both), but not at Columbia, must take the Italian Placement Test before registering for any Italian course. The placement examination is given in the department the week before classes begin. The dates are available in the departmental office, 502 Hamilton, and on the department's Web site. The results are made known to the student before the start of classes.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center, located in 353 IAB Extension, provides intensive practice in pronunciation, diction, and aural comprehension of some 25 modern languages. Exercises are closely coordinated with classroom work. Coordinated tape programs are available and mandatory for students registered in elementary Italian language courses; they are available and optional in intermediate Italian language courses. Taped exercises in pronunciation and intonation, as well as tapes of selected literary works, are also available to all students in Italian.


Directory of Classes

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ITAL G4000 Research In the Humanities: a Practicum On Resources and Methods. 1.5 point.

Introduction to bibliographic resources and their organization in both printed and electronic formats that are fundamental to advanced research.

ITAL G4005 Italian Lyric Poetry I. 3 points.

May be repeated for credit; content varies.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Developments and trends from the Duecento to our time; in-depth textual analysis of representative texts.

ITAL G4006 Italian Lyric Poetry II. 3 points.

May be repeated for credit; content varies.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Developments and trends from the Duecento to our time; in-depth textual analysis of representative texts.

ITAL G4009 Development of the Italian Language. 3 points.

The external history and internal development of the Italian language from its origins to the present.

ITAL G4010 Italian Travel Literature to Jerusalem, Egypt and Asia (13th-17th c.). 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Italian.

The seminar offers an interdisciplinary analysis of several travellogues to the Middle East and beyond, written in Italian between the 13th and the 17th century. Using this approach, perspective, and secondary readings from the field of literary criticism and textual bibliography - and with the addition of many interdisciplianry readings - we will discuss the role of Italy and the Italian language in the making of a transnational literary genre.

ITAL G4018 Renaissance Italy and the Ottoman Empire. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The main focus of this seminar is the analysis and the discussion of a specific Renaissance literary genre. The turcica were texts on the Turks and the Ottoman Empire written approximately between the Conquest of Constantinople (1453) and the battle of Vienna (1683). The genre includes military reports, histories, and genealogies of the Ottoman empire, ethnographic accounts and polemical pamphlets. Through an in-depth analysis of primary source, we will discuss the role of the Ottoman Empire in the self-definition of European identity, with a particular interest in the Italian historians and orientalists. PDFs or photocopies of the texts will be distributed one week before each class meeting so that students may prepare them for discussion.

ITAL G4019 Italian Histories, Italian Stories: Stendhal, Sciascia and microhistory. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Between 1960 and 1980 Leonardo Sciascia and Italian micro historians reflected extensively on the relation between history and fiction. How did they relate with 19th-century historical fiction? How did they use fiction and non-fiction as hermeneutical tools to understand Italian past, and especially Early Modern Italy? How did Carlo Ginzburg and Leonardo Sciascia read Stendhal? And what did Sciascia find in Natalie Zemon Davis' books? Why should we return to these texts while leading historians are going against micro history? Are micro history and global history compatible? We will probe these questions of large import for both literary historians and historians through an examination of historical non-fictions (many Sciascia's inchieste), and the masterpieces of Italian and American micro history. Topics include popular culture, the Inquisition, the role of justice in Italian culture, popular culture and philology, and the relation between 16th-century Italy and the global world.

ITAL G4030 Tasso. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: reading knowledge of Italian.

Tasso as a poet and literary theorist through an analysis of Rinaldo, Aminta and Gerusalemme Liberata and discussion of Dialoghi. Emphasis on epic and pastoral precedents, contemporary philosophical currents, the moral and political influence of the Counter Reformation.

ITAL G4042 Allegorical Fiction of the Italian Renaissance and Its Classical and Medieval Heritage. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The evolution of the allegorical literary tradition from the classical and medieval periods to its development in Italian Renaissance fiction. Allegorical commentaries of the Aenid, the Roman de la Rose, Petrarch’s Trionfi, Boccaccio's Amorosa visione, Poliziano’s Stanze, selections of Boiardo’s Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, and Machiavelli’s Asino d’oro.

ITAL G4050 The Medieval Lyric: From the Scuola Siciliana To Dante. 3 points.

This course maps the origins of the Italian lyric, starting in Sicily and following its development in Tuscany, in the poets of the dolce stil nuovo and ultimately, Dante. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4051 Ideology and Politics In Italian Renaissance Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Moves from political and historical to literary text;  examines each author’s perspective on the sociopolitical issues that dominated Italian Renaissance culture.  Major authors (e.g., L. B. Alberti, Guicciardini, Ariosto) and lesser-known ones.

ITAL G4053 Contemporary Italian Literature I (In Italian). 3 points.

May be repeated for credit; content varies.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

From D’Annunzio and Pirandello to the poets and novelists of our  day.

ITAL G4054 Contemporary Italian Literature II (In Italian). 3 points.

May be repeated for credit; content varies.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

From D’Annunzio and Pirandello to the poets and novelists of our  day.

ITAL G4058 Italian Romanticism In Its European Context. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The different aspects of Italian Romanticism, and its complex relations with the German and English movements.

ITAL G4059 19th-Century Italian Short Fiction: Verga and Pirandello. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A close reading of a selection of short stories (novelle) by two authors, with reference to the social and historical environment of southern Italy.

ITAL G4060 Italian Quattrocento Civic Humanism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Moral philosophy, art and literary theory, history, and educational methods in the writings of Coluccio Salutati, Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, Matteo Palmieri, L.B. Alberti, Guarino Veronese and his son Battista, and Lorenzo Valla.

ITAL G4062 Alfieri and Foscolo. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Focus on the two authors in the context of European Romanticism (German and English).  Attention to the legacy of classical antiquity in Foscolo’s formation, evidenced in his poetical, critical and philological works.

ITAL G4066 The World Beyond Europe in Italian Renaissance Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will explore encounters with the lands and peoples of Asia and Africa in a selection of Italian fictional works from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with attention to the historical and literary context. Classes will be in English, but many of the works are available in Italian only.

ITAL G4072 Manzoni. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

One of the most significant prose writers of the 19th century, Manzoni is an emblematic representative of the Catholic tradition.  His major works read in the context of European debates on Romanticism.  Manzoni’s European dimension is assessed at the levels of the genesis of individual works and their critical reception.

ITAL G4074 Montale [In Italian]. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Montale’s work, against the background of Italian and European  poetry.

ITAL G4079 Boccaccio's Decameron. 3 points.

ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001.

While focusing on the Decameron, this course follows the arc of Boccaccio's career from the Ninfale Fiesolano, through the Decameron, and concluding with the Corbaccio, using the treatment of women as the connective thread. The Decameron is read in the light of its cultural density and contextualized in terms of its antecedents, both classical and vernacular, and of its intertexts, especially Dante's Commedia, with particular attention to Boccaccio's masterful exploitation of narrative as a means for undercutting all absolute certainty. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4086 Castiglione and the Italian Renaissance Court. 3 points.

Focus on Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier as educational treatise, philosophical meditation, sociopolitical document, and book of courtly manners; other courtly writings of the period, from Della Casa’s Galateo to Ariosto’s Satires to Bembo’s Asolani. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL G4090 Giacomo Leopardi In His European Context: a Comparative Perspective. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Kindred spirit to Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, and Hölderlin, Leopardi’s 19th-century Romantic sensibility is deeply intertwined with classicism; the Hellenic ideal reworked into a personal philosophy on a par with Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.  His poetic achievement and clarity of vision a crucial term of comparison in the foundations of modernity.

ITAL G4091 Machiavelli. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Focus on the principal works of Machiavelli in an effort to understand the various facets of his complex and at times seemingly contradictory literary personality.  His role as political scientist, historian, comic playwright, and short story writer. In English.

ITAL G4093 Machiavelli and Castiglione. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Focus on Machiavelli’s Prince and Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier as philosphical, sociopolitical, historical, and literary documents: points of comparison between the two works.

ITAL G4097 The Italian Renaissance Romance Epic I. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An in-depth study of Italy's two major romance epics, Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, in their literary and historical contexts. Topics include creative imitation, genre, allegory, ideology, and politics. Attention will also be given to the place of these two texts in the global history of the epic.

ITAL G4098 The Italian Renaissance Romance Epic II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An in-depth study of Italy's two major romance epics, Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato and Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, in their literary and historical contexts. Topics include creative imitation, genre, allegory, ideology, and politics. Attention will also be given to the place of these two texts in the global history of the epic.

ITAL G4102 Renaissance Chivarlic Epic and Folk Performance Traditions. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will examine a selection of chivalric narratives, primarily episodes from Boiardo and Ariosto, as they pass from written word to theatrical performance in the form of Sicilian puppet theater and Tuscan-Emilian epic Maggi(folk opera). Classes will be in English, but the performances and some readings are in Italian without available translations.

ITAL G4103 Forgotten Best-Sellers of the Cinquecento. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines popular romances that were frequently printed during the 16th century but are not part of the current canon.  These lesser-known works not only provide an important context for the evolution of the romance-epic genre and the novel, they also help us understand the socio-historical and cultural climate of 16th-century Italy.  Class in English, but reading knowledge of Italian required since texts are not available in translation.

ITAL G4109 Writing the Self: the Tradition of Autobiography in Italy, 19th-20th Centuries. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Against the backdrop of the heated critical debate on the boundaries and limitations of the autobiographical genre, this course addresses the modern and contemporary tradition of autobiographical writings, focusing in particular (but not exclusively) on exploring and positing the potential difference between male and female autobiographers. More specifically, we will question the adequacy of the traditional model of autobiographical selfhood based on the assumption of unified, universal, exemplary and transcendent self to arrive at an understanding of women's autobiography. Topics to be addressed include: the crisis of the subject, "je est un autre", the "man" with a movie camera, strategies of concealment and disclosures. Authors to be studied include: D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Svevo, Fellini, Moretti, Ortese, Ginzburg, Manzini, Cialente, Ramondino. In Italian

ITAL G4110 Representations of the South in Modern Italian Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Open to qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor.

Literary representations of the Italian South from the late nineteenth century to the present. Special attention to the symbolic importance of the South in modern Italian culture. Short stories and novels by Verga, D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Alvaro, Levi, Lampedusa, and Sciascia.

ITAL G4125 Italian Tales. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course examines the important Italian contribution to modern and contemporary narrative, especially in the genre of short narrative (short story, novella), with attention also to novels, combining narrative theory with close reading. Authors include A. De Céspedes, E. Morante, as well as S. Vassalli, D. Del Giudice, P. V. Tondelli, etc. Lectures in English, texts in Italian.

ITAL G4215 Italy: Emigrants, Immigrants, and Tourists. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar intends to examine migration from Italy with a particular attention to the United States, and migration and tourism to Italy from a global prospective. The establishment of varied enclaves of Italian emigrants abroad (especially in the USA), as well as the development of immigrants' identities in Italy today, will be analyzed. Traditional and historical ‘ethnic migration' and contemporary migrant practices will be studied and compared, while taking into consideration the noticeable range of transnational mobilities. The course will also study tourism as a well rooted industry in Italy, that plays an important role in the international tourism industry, and that keeps evolving and adapting to the challenging changes at a global level. Specific forms of tourism, such as cultural, agro-rural, and religious tourism, will be analyzed. How culture is represented and perceived in touristic spaces, how cultural traditions are reinvented to satisfy tourist expectations, and how and why ‘ethnic' stereotypes are constructed and manipulated for tourism will also be a focus in the seminar. In English.

ITAL G4220 Introduction to the History and Theory of Literary Interpretation. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

What is Interpretation? How does it work? What are the major Theories of Criticism in Italy? What is the difference between aesthetics, poetics, critique and the work of art in itself? What is their relationship to other aspects of culture? These and other questions will be addressed in this course,We will begin with a sketch of the Italian tradition from Humanism to the late nineteenth century, then focus on Idealism and its pervasiveness in most realms of culture from the beginning of the twentieth century through the post-WWII period. Subsequently, discussions will be dedicated to a broad variety of critical methods and their relevance as and for interpretive strategies.

ITAL G4300 Verga and Verismo. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Verga's major works of fiction (I Malavoglia, Mastro-don Gesualdo, and two collections of rustic novelle) in relation to the key cultural trends and historical developments in postunification Italy (the emergence of verismo, the new dimensions of publishing and readership, the genesis of the Southern Question).  Also, selected novelle by Gabriele D’Annunzio and Luigi Pirandello to appreciate how the legacy of Verga and verismo was reelaborated in the new cultural climate of decadentismo.  Lectures in English; text in Italian, comparative literature students who use translation are welcome.

ITAL G4340 Italy's Southern Question: Geography, Culture, Power. 3 points.

Open to undergraduates with the instructor's permission.

This course examines Italy's Southern Question from the nineteenth century to the present, investigating the interrelations among cultural representation, geography, and power by focusing on three writers/artists who produced major representations and theorizations of the Southern Question in three different cultural forms: the fiction of Giovanni Verga, the theoretical writings of Antonio Gramsci; the films of Luchino Visconti. Readings and discussion in English. Optional additional readings in Italian.

ITAL G4391 Challenging Genres, Gendering Fiction: the Experience of Italian Women Writers, 1945-90. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Addresses women writers working in Italy from the postwar period to the 1990s. Analyzes the historical novel, fantastic fiction, and autobiography. Against the backdrop of the critical debate on the literary canon, explores the specificity of women's writing and the way these articulated their difference by subverting and altering dominant literary codes. In English.

ITAL G4401 WWII, the Resistance and the Holocaust In Italian Literature and Cinema. 3 points.

The political, social, and cultural issues affecting Italy in the crucial, dramatic years between 1943 and 1945. More specifically, the canonical literary and cinematic representations of the war, the "Resistenza" and the Holocaust and the aesthetic issues related to the encounter between history and fiction, reality and imagination. Further examination of how the war has affected women: such an inquiry will require the evaluation of lesser-known women's texts.Topics to be addressed include: war and gender, women as subjects of history, the intersection of the political and the private. Authors to be examined include: Calvino, Fenoglio,Pavese, Levi, Rossellini, Wertmuller, Rosi, Vigano', Milli, Zangrandi, D'Eramo.

ITAL G4420 The Window On the World: Reassessing Italian Neorealism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and other Italian filmmakers challenged modes of film production in vogue in the 1940s and 1950s, both in theoretical and practical terms. This course will analyze both the feature films and the theoretical writings of such directors as those mentioned and others, in order to investigate the modes of representation of reality in the immediate postwar years, their relation to the identity of the newborn Italian Republic, and their significance in post-WWII filmmaking. All readings and lectures in English; Films in Italian or French, with English subtitles.

ITAL G4495 Thirteen Ways: Rome as a Cinematic City. 3 points.

Advanced undergraduates may enroll with the instructor's permission. (Paper add/drop form)Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Close analysis of Italian city-films that represent and map out Rome as a real and imagined space. The course attempts to establish a canon of city-films through which to articulate a counter-history of Italian cinema as it passes from neorealism to the present -- from Roma città aperta (1945) to La grande bellezza (2013)  --  and to embed these films within a larger cultural and urban history in which cinematic  Rome plays a crucial role in the Italian construction of a national urban consciousness.

ITAL G4500 Topics in Italian Literature: Leopardi and Nature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course will be focused on Leopardi’s Canti, with special reference to the concept of nature. The theme will be explored in connection with the main philosophical sources of Leopardi’s thought, as located within Nineteenth century European philosophy. The course so intends to provide a deep knowledge of Leopardi’s poetry, in which the theme of nature plays a crucial role, as well as a clear vision of its philosophical and literary background. Not only that, the aim of the course is also to familiarize students with problems concerning the relations of nature and human beings, as Leopardi saw them, and as we still see them.  To attend the course, no special competence is required, but for a good knowledge of Italian language. In Italian.

ITAL G4725 Pirandello and Modern Drama. 3 points.

The course will examine the foundations of modern drama and stage representation by analysing Luigi Pirandello's plays and theoretical works in close comparison with the major authors and drama theorists of the XIX century, including Bertolt Brecht, August Strinberg, and Jean Genet.

ITAL G4771 The Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti: Its French and Italian Origins. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A study of Ungaretti's work; its relationship to Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Apollinaire, Valéry, and Italian lyricists from Petrarch to Leopardi, D'Annunzio, and  the Twilight poets. Texts read in the original.

ITAL GU4502 Italian Cultural Studies I: From Unification to World War I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between Unification in 1860 and the outbreak of World War I. Drawing on novels, historical analyses, and other sources including film and political cartoons, the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4502
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4502 001/09528 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Nelson Moe 3 2

ITAL GU4503 Italian Cultural Studies II: From World War I to the Present. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between World War I and the present. Drawing on historical analyses, literary texts, letters, film, cartoons, popular music, etc., the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

Spring 2017: ITAL GU4503
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4503 001/04473 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
325 Milbank Hall
Nelson Moe 3 6

ITAL UN1101 Elementary Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Same course as ITAL V1101-V1102.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/16657 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 12/16
ITAL 1101 002/71300 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Umberto Mazzei 4 8/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/26813 M W F 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Alex Cuadrado 4 1/16
ITAL 1101 002/73498 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
313 Hamilton Hall
Tylar Colleluori 4 8/16
ITAL 1101 003/10758 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 3/16
ITAL 1101 004/17673 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
Room TBA
Isabella Livorni 4 5/16
ITAL 1101 005/66836 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Catherine Bloomer 4 4/16
ITAL 1101 006/13089 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 8/16
ITAL 1101 007/22011 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Marco Sartore 4 7/16
ITAL 1101 008/63470 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 9/16

ITAL UN1101 Elementary Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Same course as ITAL V1101-V1102.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/16657 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 12/16
ITAL 1101 002/71300 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Umberto Mazzei 4 8/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/26813 M W F 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Alex Cuadrado 4 1/16
ITAL 1101 002/73498 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
313 Hamilton Hall
Tylar Colleluori 4 8/16
ITAL 1101 003/10758 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 3/16
ITAL 1101 004/17673 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
Room TBA
Isabella Livorni 4 5/16
ITAL 1101 005/66836 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Catherine Bloomer 4 4/16
ITAL 1101 006/13089 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 8/16
ITAL 1101 007/22011 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Marco Sartore 4 7/16
ITAL 1101 008/63470 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 9/16

ITAL UN1102 Elementary Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1101 or the equivalent.

Introduction to Italian grammar, with emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/62561 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
507 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 10/16
ITAL 1102 002/68396 M T W Th 9:00am - 9:50am
509 Hamilton Hall
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 13/16
ITAL 1102 003/17945 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
607 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 9/16
ITAL 1102 004/75611 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 9/16
ITAL 1102 005/25068 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 14/16
ITAL 1102 006/70616 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502b Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 2/16
ITAL 1102 007/28406 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Krieg 4 14/16
ITAL 1102 008/76474 M T W Th 12:00pm - 12:50pm
A36 Union Theological Seminary
Beatrice Mazzi 4 4/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/71728 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
Room TBA
Margaret Scarborough 4 1/16
ITAL 1102 002/12675 M T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 8/16

ITAL UN1102 Elementary Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1101 or the equivalent.

Introduction to Italian grammar, with emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/62561 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
507 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 10/16
ITAL 1102 002/68396 M T W Th 9:00am - 9:50am
509 Hamilton Hall
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 13/16
ITAL 1102 003/17945 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
607 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 9/16
ITAL 1102 004/75611 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 9/16
ITAL 1102 005/25068 M T W Th 1:00pm - 1:50pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 14/16
ITAL 1102 006/70616 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502b Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 2/16
ITAL 1102 007/28406 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Krieg 4 14/16
ITAL 1102 008/76474 M T W Th 12:00pm - 12:50pm
A36 Union Theological Seminary
Beatrice Mazzi 4 4/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/71728 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
Room TBA
Margaret Scarborough 4 1/16
ITAL 1102 002/12675 M T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 8/16

ITAL UN1121 Intensive Elementary Italian. 6 points.

Limited enrollment.

No previous knowledge of Italian required. An intensive course that covers two semesters of elementary Italian in one, and prepares students to move into Intermediate Italian. Grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. May be used to fulfill the language requirement only if followed by an additional two (2) semesters of Italian language. ITAL V1201x-V1202y, or ITALV1203y and ITAL V3333, V3334, V3335, or V3336, for a total of three(3) semesters of Italian Language.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1121 001/62442 T Th F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Spinelli 6 9/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1121 001/12635 T Th F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Spinelli 6 7/16

ITAL UN1203 Intensive Intermediate Italian. 6 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or the equivalent, with a grade of B+ or higher.

An intensive course that covers two semesters of intermediate Italian in one, and prepares students for advanced language and literature study. Grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural materials. This course may be used to fulfill the language requirement if preceded by both V1101 and V1102. Students who wish to use this course for the language requirement, and previously took Intensive Elementary, are also required to take at least one of the following: ITAL V3333, V3334, V3335, or V3336, for a total of three (3) semesters of Italian Language.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1203 001/24761 M T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Maria Luisa Gozzi 6 5/16

ITAL UN1221 Intermediate Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1112 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V1201-V/W1202 or ITAL W1201-W1202.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Intensive practice in the spoken language, assigned topics for class discussions, and oral reports.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1221 001/29114 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Spinelli 2 5/16

ITAL UN1311 Advanced Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1222 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V3335x-V3336y.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Practice in the spoken language through assigned topics on contemporary Italian culture.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1311
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1311 001/73692 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 2 5/16

ITAL UN2101 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/17439 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 6/16
ITAL 2101 002/77292 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
613 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 11/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/69513 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Hamilton Hall
Luca Naponiello 4 4/16
ITAL 2101 002/13056 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
507 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 003/61087 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 004/71804 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 10/16
ITAL 2101 005/61287 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Krieg 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 006/21458 M T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16

ITAL UN2101 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/17439 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 6/16
ITAL 2101 002/77292 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
613 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 11/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/69513 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Hamilton Hall
Luca Naponiello 4 4/16
ITAL 2101 002/13056 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
507 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 003/61087 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 004/71804 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 10/16
ITAL 2101 005/61287 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Krieg 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 006/21458 M T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16

ITAL UN2102 Intermediate Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1201 or W1201, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged. ITAL V1202 fulfils the basic foreign language requirement and prepares students for advanced study in Italian language and literature.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/16526 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
315 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16
ITAL 2102 002/68181 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 6/16
ITAL 2102 003/73027 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 8/16
ITAL 2102 004/20976 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 10/16
ITAL 2102 005/63433 F 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Hamilton Hall
Massimiliano Delfino 4 1/16
ITAL 2102 005/63433 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
323a Thompson Hall (Tc)
Massimiliano Delfino 4 1/16
ITAL 2102 006/26645 M T W Th 5:10pm - 6:00pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Carlo Arrigoni 4 16/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/73978 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
509 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 4/16
ITAL 2102 002/17047 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Beatrice Mazzi 4 10/16

ITAL UN2102 Intermediate Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1201 or W1201, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged. ITAL V1202 fulfils the basic foreign language requirement and prepares students for advanced study in Italian language and literature.

Spring 2017: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/16526 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
315 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16
ITAL 2102 002/68181 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 6/16
ITAL 2102 003/73027 T Th F 11:40am - 12:55pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 8/16
ITAL 2102 004/20976 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 10/16
ITAL 2102 005/63433 F 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Hamilton Hall
Massimiliano Delfino 4 1/16
ITAL 2102 005/63433 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
323a Thompson Hall (Tc)
Massimiliano Delfino 4 1/16
ITAL 2102 006/26645 M T W Th 5:10pm - 6:00pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Carlo Arrigoni 4 16/16
Fall 2017: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/73978 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
509 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 4/16
ITAL 2102 002/17047 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Beatrice Mazzi 4 10/16

ITAL UN3335 Advanced Italian. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1202 or W1202 or the equivalent. If you did not take Intermediate Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

Written and oral self-expression in compositions and oral reports on a variety of topics; grammar review.  Required for majors and concentrators.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3335
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3335 001/69255 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 3 8/16

ITAL UN3337 Advanced Italian Through Cinema. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: ITAL V3335.

Students will develop advanced language competence while analyzing and discussing Italian film comedies and their reflection of changing Italian culture and society. Films by Monicelli, Germi, Moretti, Wertmuller, Soldini and others.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3337
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3337 001/29569 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
522b Kent Hall
Federica Franze 3 4/16

ITAL V1201 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged.

ITAL V1202 Intermediate Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1201 or W1201, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged. ITAL V1202 fulfils the basic foreign language requirement and prepares students for advanced study in Italian language and literature.

ITAL V3101 Advanced Italian I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: V1201-V1202 or equivalent.

Written and oral self-expression in Italian; brief papers and oral reports on a variety of topics, including films and literature; grammar review.

ITAL V3102 Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL V3335.

Advanced reading, writing, speaking with emphasis on authentic cultural materials. Topic and semester theme varies.

ITAL V3103 Advanced Italian Through Cinema. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: ITAL V3335.

Students will develop advanced language competence while analyzing and discussing Italian film comedies and their reflection of changing Italian culture and society. Films by Monicelli, Germi, Moretti, Wertmuller, Soldini and others.

ITAL V3338 Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between. 3 points.

"Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between" aims at expanding the students' knowledge of Italian culture and improving and refining their language skills, through writing, reading, speaking, and listening. This is a content based course in which the students familiarize with the most crucial moments of Italian history and are exposed to the issues that are currently debated in Italy, such as national identity, immigration, emigration, homoparental family, and the truthfulness or deceptiveness of the brand Made in Italy. Naturally, considerable attention is given to the distinctive geographical, economical, and cultural traits of Italian regions and their cities. The students apply their communicative skills in Italian by conversing with the Italian students currently registered at Columbia University and by conducting interviews within New York's Italian communities on the subjects studied and discussed in class.

ITAL V4201 Once Upon a Time, In a Far Away Land: the Italian Fairy Tale. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A study of the Italian fairy tale from its oral folk origins to the first literary examples, viewed from a variety of critical approaches including the formalist, folkloric and psychoanalytic.

ITAL V4310 Sex, Marriage, and the Family In Early Modern Italy. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The institutions of marriage and the family, from the quattrocento through the seicento.  Economic and social factors, as well as intellectual and ideological perspectives.  The Italian peninsula, and emphasis on central and northern Italian states.

ITAL W1201 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

Same course as ITAL V1201-V1202.

ITAL W1202 Intermediate Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1201 or W1201, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

Same course as ITAL V1201-V1202.

ITAL W1204 Rapid Reading and Translation. 3 points.

Restricted to graduate students.

Primarily for graduate students and others who need to develop their reading knowledge of Italian. Grammar and vocabulary review; practice in reading and translating Italian from a variety of fields, including literature, art history, and political science, depending on the needs of the students. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Note: this course may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or to fulfill major or concentration requirements.

ITAL W4000 Stylistics. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL V3336 or the equivalent and the instructor's permission.

Students read short texts, analyze the anatomy of an Italian essay, observe and practice sophisticated sentence structures, solidify their knowledge and usage of Italian grammar, and expand their vocabulary. After discussing and analyzing examples of contemporary prose, students will integrate the structures and vocabulary they have acquired into their own writing.

ITAL W4005 Rapid Reading and Translation. 3 points.

Restricted to graduate students.

Primarily for graduate students and others who need to develop their reading knowledge of Italian. Grammar and vocabulary review; practice in reading and translating Italian from a variety of fields, including literature, art history, and political science, depending on the needs of the students. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Note: this course may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or to fulfill major or concentration requirements.

ITAL W4012 The Theory and Practice of Writing: Laboratorio di scrittura. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Development of advanced reading and conversational skills. Close reading and extensive practice writing in a variety of genres which will include: the letter, the diary, the essay, the critical review, and will focus especially on the composition of short stories and vignettes. In Italian.

ITAL W4018 The Theory and Practice of Writing II: Laboratorio di Traduzione. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Experiments and analyses of translations, especially from literary texts, from English into Italian and from Italian into English. Classroom discussion of aspects of the translation process, and of the general interpretation of the translated texts. Each student will keep a "Translation Notebook." In Italian

ITAL W4030 Tasso. 3 points.

A close reading of Tasso's Rinaldo, Aminta, Gerusalemme Liberata, and Discorsi. Emphasis on epic and romance antecedents, contemporary philosophical currents, ideological and political pressures.   In English, with texts in Italian, but non-Italianists may read the texts in translation

ITAL W4039 Imitation and Innovation In Italian Renaissance Theatre. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Italian.

A study of several 16th-century Italian plays, focussing on comedy, but also exploring tragedy, favola, pastoral, and tragicommedia. Plays by Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Bruno, Aretino, Trissino, Tasso, and Guarini.

ITAL W4048 Women In the Italian Renaissance. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: reading knowledge of Italian.

An examination of 15th- and 16th-century writings by women and about women. The education of women, women and the family, the notion of women and the woman writer, women at court, and querelle des femme, poet-courtesans, rape and pornography

ITAL W4050 Dazzling Italy: Braudel and His Critics. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course offers an overview of the historiography of the Mediterranean from Braudel to the contemporary debate about Mediterraneism in Italian literature and philosophy. We will use Italian literary sources, such as Matteo Bandello, Carlo Levi, and Vincenzo Consolo to discuss historiography of the Mediterranean. PDFs or photocopies of the texts will be distributed one week before each class meeting so that students may prepare them for class discussion. In English with selected readings in Italian.

ITAL W4059 The Culture of Italian Fashion. 3 points.

This seminar examines the many meanings of fashion, design, and style, especially in Italian culture and tradition; how values are preserved, reinvented and rethought through a lens that is internationally known as "Made in Italy"; how the symbolic meanings and ideological interpretations are connected to creation, production, and consumption of goods. Based on an anthropological perspective and framework, this interdisciplinary course will analyze ways in which we can understand the ‘Italian style' through the intersections of many different levels: political, economic, aesthetic, symbolic, religious, etc. The course will study how fashion can help us understand the ways in which tradition and innovation, creativity and technology, localism and globalization, identity and diversity, power and body, are elaborated and interpreted in contemporary Italian society, in relation to a globalized world. Short videos that can be watched on the computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. There are no pre‐requisites for this course. In English.

ITAL W4060 Italian Quattrocento Civic Humanism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Discussion of texts by the major 15th-century humanist writers including Coluccio Salutati, Leonardo Bruni, Poggio Bracciolini, Matteo Palmieri, L.B. Alberti, and Guarino da Verona. Students can read texts in Latin, Italian, and/or English.

ITAL W4091 Dante's Divina Commedia I. 4 points.

ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SECTION 001: reading knowledge of Italian. SECTION 002: none.

A year-long course in which the "Commedia" is read over two consecutive semesters; students can register for the first, the second, or both semesters. This course offers a thorough grounding in the entire text and an introduction to the complexities of its exegetical history. Attention not only to historical and theological issues, but also to Dante's mimesis, his construction of an authorial voice that generations of readers have perceived as "true," and the critical problems that emerge when the virtual reality created in language has religious and theological pretensions. SECTION 001: Lectures in English, text in Italian; examinations require the ability to translate Italian. SECTION 002: Lectures in English, examinations in English; students who can follow lectures with the help of translations but who cannot manage the Italian should register for this section.

ITAL W4092 Dante's Divina Commedia II. 4 points.

ITALIAN MAJORS AND ITALIAN DEPT GRADUATE STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR SECTION 001.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SECTION 001: reading knowledge of Italian. SECTION 002: none.

A year-long course in which the "Commedia" is read over two consecutive semesters; students can register for the first, the second, or both semesters. This course offers a thorough grounding in the entire text and an introduction to the complexities of its exegetical history. Attention not only to historical and theological issues, but also to Dante's mimesis, his construction of an authorial voice that generations of readers have perceived as "true," and the critical problems that emerge when the virtual reality created in language has religious and theological pretensions. SECTION 001: Lectures in English, text in Italian; examinations require the ability to translate Italian. SECTION 002: Lectures in English, examinations in English; students who can follow lectures with the help of translations but who cannot manage the Italian should register for this section.

ITAL W4140 Fictionalizing History: Fascism in Literature and Film. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course aims at providing students with a broad knowledge of the political and cultural issues affecting Italy in the crucial, dramatic years between 1922 and 1945. Against the backdrop of Mussolinï's politics, our investigation examines the complex, multifaceted ways the dictatorship has been portrayed in fiction and cinema. Our research will require the evaluation of written texts and films produced both during this period and after it. We will analyze some fundamentals of the fascist doctrine and the most prominent strategies through which Fascism succeeded in creating a popular consensus (i.e., social projects and sophisticated techniques of propaganda). Then we will proceed alternating the analysis of historical documents with literary and cinematic works authored by Moravia, Vittorini, and Fellini, among others.

ITAL W4150 Notturno Italiano: 19th- and 20th-Century Italian Mystery Tale. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: knowledge of Italian.

Focus on a little-known genre of modern Italian literature. The works of several writers, both major and minor. Comparisons with the tradition of the mystery tale in other European literatures.

ITAL W4190 Multicultural Italy": A European Country of Diversities. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar examines what can be considered a tremendous Italian diversity. Italy is a multicultural society, not only because of the flow of immigrants throughout the most recent decades, but also because of a too often neglected historical, cultural, linguistic and political ‘inner’ diversity. Linguistic minorities, religious groups, cultural enclaves, ‘nomadic’ cultures, immigrants & refugees, and border residents are the main focus of this course. The seminar will also analyze how these differences constructively cohabitate or how they can represent sources of conflict; it will provide examples of either peaceful pluralism or of conflictual social friction. Videos that can be watched on the computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

ITAL W4250 Creating Modernity: an Introduction To Early 19th-Century Italian Literature. 3 points.

Explores the emergence of, and quest for, new literary ideas and programs in early-Ottocento Italian poetry and prose.  Emphasis on such central notions as Classicism, Romanticism, and Tradition, and on the strong connection between literary issues (genres, forms, and language) and historical/cultural ones (nation, political struggle, and civil engagement) in the works of the major authors of this period, Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, and Allesandro Manzoni.

ITAL W4252 Antonio Gramsci: Literature, Culture, Power. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Open to undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

Examines the writings of Antonio Gramsci and their influence on literary criticism, cultural studies, and filmmaking. Includes works by Luigi Pirandello, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Pier Paolo Pasolini; criticism by Raymond Williams, Edward Said, Stuart Hall; films by Luchino Visconti, the Taviani Brothers, Pasolini.

ITAL W4395 Fifty Years of Impatience: The Italian Novel between 1950-2000. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course examines some of the most important novels that belong to Italy's period of major social and economic transformations. Only after WWII Italy finally becomes a modern nation, i.e. a republic based on truly universal suffrage, and an industrialized country. Such accelerated progress, though,causes deep social instability and mobility which obviously results in heavy psychological pressures on the people: adaptation becomes crucial and inevitable. Fiction therefore resumes the task to represent such awkwardness of integration into a modern bourgeois society that, contrarily to its European and American counterpart, is extremely tentative and insecure per se, since it's political identity has extremely precarious grounds. Among other authors, primary readings include Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard and Italo Calvinos's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. Primary Readings in Italian.

ITAL W4400 The Italian Mind: Patterns of Representation. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A critical assessment of some of the main features of the Italian character. Representations of Italianicity (dealing with such issues as Fascism, the Mafia, and Catholicism) analyzed on the basis of literary and cultural readings.

ITAL W4520 See Naples and Die: Portrait of a City. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Explores the cultural history of Naples and the Neapolitans over the past two centuries in diverse areas including literature, film, theatre, and music. Works will include texts by Serao, Croce, Benjamin, Gramsci, De Filippo, and Ortese; films by Rossellini, Rosi, and Pasolini.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.