Welcome to Italian Studies


ITAL1020 – Boccaccio’s Decameron – CRN#24246


Close study and discussion of Boccaccio's collection of 100 tales told by ten young Florentines over a period of two weeks, while in flight from the devastating plague of 1348. The Decameron defined the standard of Italian prose narrative for four centuries and deeply influenced Renaissance drama. We will also pay particular attention to visualizations and adaptations of the Decameron into a variety of media, from manuscript illumination to painting, theatre and film. Students will contribute to the Decameron Web, the award-winning Boccaccio web site administered by the department of Italian Studies. Sections in English and Italian. Enrollment limited to 40. WRIT 
Instructor: Massimo Riva -ITAL1020 S01 – Tu+Th 10:30-11:50AM 

ITAL1390 – Modern Italy – CRN#25120

Mussolini and Hitler 1938Mussolini and Hitler 1938Examination of Italian society, culture, and politics over the past two centuries. Topics include: the struggle to unify Italy in the 19th Century; the creation of a national identity; the political role of the Catholic Church; changing family life and gender relations; conflict between North and South; Mussolini and the fascist ventennio; and the struggle for political stability over the past 50 years. 
Instructor: David Kertzer, Paul Dupee University Professor of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies
Tu+th 2:30-3:50PM

ITAL1400P – The Southern Question and the Colonial Mediterranean- CRN#25884
ITAL1400PITAL1400PThis course examines Antonio Gramsci's interpretation of the Southern Question (quistione) in an attempt to better understand the politics and culture informing the colonial Middle East. Through an analysis of Gramsci’s critique of Southernism –the representation of Southern Italy as a semi-barbarous territory inhabited by “biologically inferior beings”– and his sociological description of pre World War II Italy, we will acquaint ourselves with some of the key-concepts characterizing his political thought. Next, we will examine how critics of European colonialism in the Mediterranean have adopted this rich epistemological and analytical vocabulary. DPLL LILE WRIT 

Instructor: Professor Nicola Perugini – Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Italian and Middle-East Studies, Cogut Center for the Humanities . TU 4-6:30PM

ITAL1400Q – From Neoralism to Reality TV – CRN#26307

From Neorealism to Reality TVFrom Neorealism to Reality TVThis course explores the development of the aesthetic of reality in audiovisual media from film to television and portable screens in the context of modern Italian history while tackling notions of the pervasive infiltration of mass mediatic imagination into reality.
The appeal and power of the medium to capture, show, and imbricate reality is intricately related with modes of production and distribution, social/ethical discourse, and any current political order. We will analyze the deployment of 'reality' on screen from the post WWII neorealist redemptive project after Fascism, through the contaminated explorations of art cinema, to television's twisted tales of reality. 
Instructor: - Antonella SIsto, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Italian Studies
Tu-Th 6:30-7:50PM, and Screenings M 7PM (Register for both CRN26307 and 26319)

HIST1430 (ITAL1431) – Truth on Trial, Negotiating Justice in Italy – 1400-1800-CRN#24186
Truth on TrialTruth on Trial
Why do we think that one human being can judge another? How did this activity, enshrined in legal and political systems, profoundly shape society? Using Italy as a focus, the course explores how law courts defined social, political, scientific, and religious truth. Students may pursue a project on another geographical area for their final project. Instructor: Caroline Castiglione
HIST1430 – Tu-Th 1-2:20PM  


ITAL2050 - Microhistory – CRN#24178

Microhistory emerged in the 1970s in Italy, but was quickly embraced by scholars across the globe. Microhistory questioned totalizing explanations of historical change; rejected anachronism in all forms; and recovered the voices of individuals left out of traditional historical narratives. This course explores and critiques the method. Participants write an article in their area of interest, informed by microhistory.
Prof. Caroline CASTIGLIONE - W 3-5:30PM

Italian Studies Colloquium - 25226 - ITAL 2820 - S01

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: Massimo Riva  - W. 5:30-7:00PM

Language Courses

ITALIAN0200 - 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. Sufficient for enrollment in the Bologna Program. Four meetings per week, audio and video work, two Italian films. Note: This is a year course.

ITAL0200 - S01 – 23830
M.,W. 11:00-11:50AM and T.,Th. 10:30-11:50AM

ITAL0200 S02 – 23831
M.,W. 10:00-10:50 AM and T.,Th. 9:00-10:20AM

ITAL0200 S03 – 23832
M.,W. 1:00-1:50 PM and T.,Th. 1:00-2:20PM

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: ITAL 0100-0200, or ITAL 0110, or placement by examination. Requirement for enrollment in the Bologna Program.

ITAL0300 - S01 – 24715
M.,T.,W.,Th. 12-12:50PM
Instructor: Antonella Sisto

ITAL0400 Intermediate Italian II
Review of specific grammar problems. Reading of one novel and newspaper articles. Compositions and oral presentations. Three Italian films. Prereq: IT 300, or placement by examination.
ITAL0400 S01 – 23834

M.,W.  1:00- :50 PM  and T.,Th. 12:00-12:50PM 

ITAL0400 S02 – 23835
M.,W.  2:00- 2:50 PM  and T.,Th. 12:00-12:50PM 

ITAL0600 Advanced Italian II - 23837
Continuation of 500. Emphasis on formal and informal styles of writing and speaking, using literary and nonliterary texts. Compositions, oral presentations, and film screenings. Prerequisite: IT 500, placement by examination, or written permission.
IT0600 S01 - T.,Th. 2:30-3:50PM
Instructor: Cristina Abbona Sneider