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Take ITAL0110 and learn Italian in ONE semester and go to BOLOGNA in TWO!

ITAL0110 – 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.
Note: Double Credit Course
ITAL0110 - S01 – CRN25775 - M,T,W,Th.,F – 12:00-1:50PM
Instructor: Stephen Marth

ITAL0200 - 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. Five meetings per week, audio and video work, two Italian films. Note: This is a year course.

ITAL0200 - S01 – CRN24024 M.,W.,F. 10:00-10:50AM and T.,Th. 10:30-11:50AM ITAL0200 - S02 – CRN24025 M.,W.,F. 10:00-10:50AM and T.,Th. 9:00-10:20AM 
ITAL0200 S03 – CRN24026 M.,W.,F. 1:00-1:50 PM and T.,Th. 1:00-2:20PM ITAL0200 S04 – CRN24027 M.,W.,F. 12:00-12:50 PM and T.,Th. 10:30-11:50AM

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 – CRN24028 M,T,W, Th. 12:00- 12:50PM
ITAL0400 S02 – CRN24029 M.,W. 2:00- 2:50 PM and T.,Th. 12:00-12:50PM

ITAL0600 Advanced Italian II - CRN24030

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. 1:00-2:20PM
Instructor: Cristina Abbona Sneider 

HIAA0560 - The Visual Culture of Early Modern Rome - CRN26627

Examines Renaissance Roman painting, sculpture, and architecture in the context of the unique urban character of the city: site of antique myth, religious pilgrimage, and a cosmopolitan court. Beginning with Filarete and Fra Angelico, we move through the Renaissance (Michelangelo and Raphael), looking at the formation of artists' workshops and academies, ending with the urbanization programs of Sixtus V. A
T,Th: 2:30-3:50pM
Instructor: Evelyn Lincoln

ITAL 0981 - When Leaders Lie: Machiavelli in International Context –CRN25219
This course examines the writing of Niccolò Machiavelli, a Renaissance author praised and condemned for his insistence on analyzing the realities of politics, rather than the ideals of political behavior. Machiavelli's view of the tenuous relationship of ethics to politics has cast him as the founder of political science and the proponent of "consequential morality" or the notion that the ends justify the means. We will also examine precedents for his ideas in the Greek and Islamic world and conclude by examining the relevance of Machiavelli's insights for understanding political practices and ethics in the twenty-first century.LILE WRIT
T, TH 2:30-3:50PM 

ITAL1020 – Boccaccio’s “Decameron” - CRN24031

Close study and discussion of Boccaccio's collection of 100 tales told by ten narrators 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 almost four centuries, and furnished a great number of the plots of Italian (and French and English) Renaissance drama. Students will be invited to contribute to the Decameron Web, the Boccaccio award-winning web site administered by the department of Italian Studies. Other, shorter, works of Boccaccio will be read to prepare for tackling the Decameron. Sections in both English and Italian.
Prof.  Massimo Riva ITAL1020 S01  
M,W,F 1:00-1:50PM (Digital Scholarly Lab, Rockefeller Library)

ITAL1435 - Theater, Spectacle and the City in Italy, 1400-1600 - CRN24730

Renaissance Italian playwrights adapted dramatic models from the ancient world for their comedies and tragedies. At the same time, designers and architects created spaces for drama that imitated ancient models but also adopted innovative concepts of pictorial space pioneered by 15th century painters. All the participants were in turn conditioned by the various social and political contexts in which the plays were conceived and produced. How the mutually conditioning factors of the play-text, the stage space, and the larger civic or court context work together will be the focus of the course. Prof. Ronald Martinez ITAL1435 S01
M, 3-5:20PM

ITAL1560 A Italy and the Mediterranean (HIAA 1560A) - CRN25120

Sicily, Venice, and Rome were Medieval and Renaissance international centers whose populations of pilgrims, traders, soldiers, and diplomats occasioned opportunities for cultural cooperation and violence between East and West. We will study mosaics and architecture of the multi-ethnic Norman rule following the Islamic conquest of Sicily; Venetian relations with the Ottoman Empire and its Greek colonies in goods, painting styles, architecture and atlases; and in Rome obsessions with Egyptian engineering, the vitality of Arabic studies, and reports of travelers resulting from papal efforts to incorporate Eastern Christians under the umbrella of the Roman church. Enrollment limited to 20 juniors and seniors. WRIT
Prof. Evelyn Lincoln
W 3-5:20PM

ITAL1590 Word, Image, Power in Modern Italy - CRN25408

The role of media (print, news, art, music, photography, cinema, radio, television) in shaping national identity, nationalistic agendas, imperial aspirations, democratic revivals and populist consensus in Italy, from the post-Risorgimento age to the Fascist regime, and from the post-WW2 renaissance to the "decadent" Berlusconi era. The most influential genres and trends in Italian culture, from opera to futurism, from neo-realist cinema and literature to post-modern fashion and industrial design, will be analyzed against the backdrop of the most important social and political turning points of Italian and European history. Taught in English. 
Profs. S. Stewart-Steinberg and M. Riva
M,W,F 11-11:50AM (Digital Scholarly Lab, Rockefeller Library)

ITAL1620 - The Divina Commedia: Dante's Paradiso: Justifying a Cosmos - CRN24106

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 lilfe 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: IT 0500 or 0600.
Prof. Ronald Martinez 
T 1-3:20PM - Room 204 190 Hope Street

ITAL2550 - Gender Matters – CRN24639

This course examines the impact of gender as a category of historical analysis. Beginning with Joan Scott's seminal work on the topic (1986), students assess its subsequent global impact. Two Italian issues are considered in this comparative context: Is gender analysis still gender analysis if the word gender is not employed? How has the study of masculinity, sexuality, and queer studies opened new lines of inquiry? The recasting of women as moral beings and the experiences of Benvenuto Cellini will be used as case studies to examine these questions. Students work in their own geographical area for their final project. Open to seniors and graduate students.
Prof. Caroline Castiglione
Th 4-6:20PM

ITAL 2820 Italian Studies Colloquium - CRN24032 

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.
Prof. Ronald Martinez
W. 5:30-7:00PM 

ITAL 2900 Theory and Methods of Foreign Language Teaching- CRN24257

Theory and practice of foreign language learning and teaching (theory of language, language learning and acquisition, approaches, methods and techniques, curriculum design, materials development, testing and evaluation). In English.
Prof. Elsa Amanatidou
T. 1-3:20PM