Courses for Spring 2018

  • Intensive Elementary Italian

    Covers the same material presented in Italian 100-200. One semester equivalent to the standard two-semester sequence. Daily meetings plus audio and video assignments.
    ITAL 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fantarella
  • Elementary Italian

    See Elementary Italian (ITAL 0100) for course description.
    ITAL 0200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
    ITAL 0200 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
    ITAL 0200 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
  • Intermediate Italian II

    Review of specific grammar problems. Reading of one novel and newspaper articles. Compositions and oral presentations. Three Italian films. Prerequisite: ITAL 0300, or placement by examination.
    ITAL 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
  • Advanced Italian II

    A sixth semester course with intensive practice in speaking and writing. Short stories, poems, music, and movies will be used to discuss Italian Society from the Second World War through the present. We will explore some important themes--family, religion, gender, and politics. Class discussion, compositions, oral presentations, and a final paper. Prerequisite: ITAL 0500, placement by examination.
    ITAL 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
  • Performing Italy - Body, Voice and Politics: a Journey within Italian Theatre

    How does performance comment on, interact with, and influence society? And to what extent is this question culturally specific? Performing Italy focuses on Nobel-prize-winner Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Commedia dell’Arte, and Teatro di Narrazione. Engaging with theatrical materials, we will conduct comparative work driven by the students’ own experiences and explore how Italian theater intervened in historical and political discourses within Italian society between the 1960s and the 2000s. Topics will include: the years of lead (1970s terrorism); the influence of the Catholic church on Italian society; the Italian State and organized crime; gender and sexuality in modern Italian society.
    ITAL 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Santucci
  • Boccaccio's Decameron

    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
    ITAL 1020 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Riva
  • The Panorama and 19th-Century Visual Culture

    Throughout the 19th-century, the Panorama was a wildly popular ‘vision machine,' the model for many later attractions from theme park rides to immersive educational spectacles like IMAX movies. In this course, we will use 21st-century vision technology to study the role of these cultural artifacts, optical media and storytelling devices in the shaping of 19th-century "virtual reality." We will focus on three case studies: the Garibaldi panorama at the Brown library ; the panorama of the Pilgrim's Progress at the Saco, Maine museum; and the Whaling Voyage 'round the world, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Taught in English.
    ITAL 1340 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Riva
  • Modern Italy

    A look at the dramatic events that transformed Italy over the past two centuries and the ways that this history has been represented in film. For the nineteenth century, the focus is on the violent birth of the modern Italian nation-state. For the twentieth century, the course focuses on the drama of Benito Mussolini and the birth, life, and death of Italian Fascism. In addition to examining the transformation of Italian history, the course investigates the many issues involved in turning a book of history into a commercial film.
    ITAL 1390 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Kertzer
  • The Divina Commedia: Dante's Paradiso: Justifying a Cosmos

    Close study of the third and final part of Divine Comedy, in which Dante unfolds how, in his view, the planetary and stellar spheres condition human life and fashion the Providential plan of history. There will be ancillary readings from Dante's other works: Convivio, the Monarchia, and the Epistles. In Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 0500 or 0600, or instructor permission. Enrollment limited to 40.
    ITAL 1620 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez
  • Independent Study Project (Undergraduate)

    Undergraduate Independent Study supervised by a member of the Italian Studies Faculty. Students may pursue independent research in order to prepare for their honors thesis or honors multimedia project, or they may enroll in the course in order to work individually with a faculty member on a specific area of Italian Studies not covered in the current course offerings. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ITAL 1920 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Castiglione
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1920 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1920 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Stewart-Steinberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1920 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Riva
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1920 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Fantarella
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Senior Conference

    Special work or preparation of an honors thesis under the direction of a member of the staff. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ITAL 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Castiglione
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1990 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1990 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Stewart-Steinberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1990 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Riva
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Abbona-Sneider
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Microhistory

    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.
    ITAL 2050 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Castiglione
  • 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. Graduate students present their work in progress, and engage the work of faculty and visitors. They are expected to come prepared with informed questions on the topic presented. Presentations in both Italian and English. Instructor permission required.
    ITAL 2820 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    ITAL 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Reading and Research

    Courses on special subjects individually planned and supervised. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    ITAL 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Castiglione
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Martinez
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Stewart-Steinberg
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Riva
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    ITAL 2980 S05
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing a thesis.
    ITAL 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep