ITALIAN STUDIES COURSES FALL 2011
IITALIAN STUDIES COURSE OFFERINGS
ITAL0100 - Elementary Italian
Elective for students without previous training in Italian. No credit for first semester alone. Fundamentals of Italian grammar and development of skills in speaking, comprehension, and writing. Overview of contemporary Italian society. Five meetings per week, audio and video work, two Italian films. Note: This is a year course.
ITAL0100 - S01 – 10659
M.,W.,F. 1:00-1:50 PM and T.,Th. 1:00-2:20 PM
ITAL0100 S02 – 10660
M.,W.,F. 10:00-10:50 AM and T.,Th. 9:00-10:20 AM
ITAL0100 S03 – 10661
M.,W.,F. 10:00-10:50 AM and T.,Th. 10:30-11:50AM
ITAL0100 S04 – 10662
M.,W.,F. 11:00-11:50 AM and T.,Th. 10:30-11:50AM
ITAL0100 S05 – 10663
M.,W.,F. 11:00- 11:50 AM and T.,Th. 1:00-2:20 PM
ITAL0300 - Intermediate Italian I
Review of the fundamentals of grammar, with emphasis on speaking and writing. Reading of representative short stories. Weekly compositions, presentations, and a paper. Three Italian films. Prerequisite: IT 100-200, or placement by examination. Requirement for enrollment in the Bologna Program.
ITAL0300 S01 – 10664
M.,W. 12:00- 12:50 AM and T.,Th. 12:00-12:50 PM
ITAL0300 S02 – 10665
M.,W. 2:00- 2:50 PM and T.,Th. 1:00-1:50 PM
ITAL0300 S03 - 10666
M.,W. 2:00- 2:50 PM and T.,Th. 12:00-12:50 PM
ITAL0500 - 10667 - Writing and Speaking Italian I
The purpose of this advanced course is to improve speaking and writing skills by offering extensive practice in a variety of styles and forms. Students will discuss various aspects of contemporary Italian culture. Reading, analysis and class discussion of texts (articles, songs, pictures, short stories, movies and television), oral presentations based on research, and a writing portfolio (compositions, essays, blog and a journal). . Three meetings per week plus film screenings. Prerequisites: IT 40o, or placement by examination.
T.,Th. 1-2:20PM and W. 12:00-12:50 PM
HIAA 0550 CRN 16866 - Florence and Tuscany in the Fifteenth Century
An examination of the paintings, sculpture, graphic art, and architecture of Tuscany in the 15th century, primarily in Florence but also venturing into Siena, Arezzo, Borgo San Sepolcro. Using Renaissance critical terms and analytical tools, takes into account the technical and commercial habits of craftspeople, the economy of the cities and towns, and the forms and functions of art in domestic, civic, and religious spheres. Weekly one-hour conference required.
HIAA 0550 S01 – Evelyn LINCOLN
ITAL1000B - CRN16979 - Reading Recent Italian Fiction *CANCELLED*
Readings of contemporary Italian fiction. The course aims to develop students written and oral expression in Italian. A broad range of themes will be discussed. Prerequisite: ITAL 0600, Bologna Program or placement by examination. *CANCELLED*
ITAL 1010 – 10668 - Dante in English Translation: Dante’s World and the Invention of Modernity
Primarily for students with no knowledge of Italian. Given in English. Concentrators in Italian should enroll in ITAL 1610; they are expected to read the material in the original. Close study and discussion of Dante's deployment of systems of retribution in the Inferno and rehabilitation in the Purgatorio with a view to imagining a society based on love and resistant to the effects of nascent capitalism and the money economy. Dante's work summarizes and transforms the entire ancient and medieval tradition of literature, philosophy, and science.
ITAL1010 – Ronald Martinez
ITAL1030A – 16787 - Modernity, Italian Style
Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, from Neo-realism to the Neo-avant-garde and from Comedy to Political film. We will review the cinematic construction of the Modern, focusing in particular on issues of Space/Representation, Time/Narrative and Gender/Genre in major works by Fellini, Antonioni, Visconti, Pasolini, Bertolucci, Rosi, Pontecorvo, Bellocchio, Germi, Leone, Argento, Petri and Cavani. Lectures in English; discussion group in Italian. Film screenings Tuesday 7-9PM.
ITAL1030A– Prof. Giacomo MANZOLI
HIST1430 S01 - 16933– Truth on Trial: Justice in Italy, 1400-1800
Law courts had a profound impact on Italian society and culture between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. Law courts helped define what constituted deviance, legitimate knowledge, and individual rights. They did so in a long ago world in which it was possible to imagine that some gifted individuals could fly, that certain people were created superior to others, and that the sun revolved around the earth. From the persecution of heretics and witches, to the trial of Galileo and the increasing use of courts by women and other marginalized groups, the Italian legal arena mediated what was political, social, scientific, and religious truth. By the eighteenth century many judicial practices came under criticism, including the use of torture and the death penalty. How did reformers attempt to remake the legal regime and the society in which it was by then so intricately entangled? LILE PHIST1430 s.01 – Caroline Castiglione
Tu + Th. 10:30 - 11:50AM
ITAL1610 - The Divina Commedia: Inferno and Purgatorio
A close reading of the first two canticles of Dante's poem in the light of contemporary European and American critical interpretations. In Italian.
IT0161 S01 - R. L. MARTINEZ
T.,Th. 1:00- 2:20 PM (J Hour)
HIAA2540D – CRN 17032 The Theater that was Rome
"The Theater that was Rome" is a digital research site uniting text and images to portray the development of Rome (1500-1800) in the flood of printed information that proceeded from interest in the physical and mythological city. Our goal is to provide historical and critical interpretation of these illustrated books and prints that created Rome as a theater for the most advanced technological and decorative feats of an international group of artists, architects, engineers, authors, and publishers, looking at their productive collaborations, and using original materials, often in languages other than English, at the Hay Library and on the website. For graduate students; qualified upper-level undergraduates should contact the instructor. Enrollment limited to 15.
Prof. Evelyn LINCOLN
ITAL 2820A – CRN 14729 - Italian Studies Colloquium
The Italian Studies Colloquium is a forum for an exchange of ideas and work of the community of Italian scholars at Brown and invited outside scholars. Students are expected to come prepared with informed questions on the topic presented. Presentations in both Italian and English. Written permission required.
Instructor: Ronald Martinez