92058

ITAL 201

 Intermediate Italian

Karen Raizen

M T W    9:30-10:30 am

OLINLC 206

FL

FLLC

This course intends to reinforce students’ skills in grammar, composition, and spoken proficiency, through intensive grammar review, conversation practice, reading/analysis of short texts, writing simple compositions, as well as the use of magazine articles, video and songs.  Students engage in discussion and must complete compositions and oral reports based on Italian literary texts and cultural material. Prerequisites: Two semesters of elementary Italian or Intensive Italian 106 (or the equivalent).  Class size: 22

 

92059

ITAL 227

 Sicily and Writing

Franco Baldasso

 T  Th    11:50-1:10 pm

HEG 201

FL

D+J

FLLC

DIFF

Sicily has been at the crossroads of cultures and peoples of the Mediterranean world since Homer. The majestic, skeptical, bitter narratives of Sicily's writers, from Luigi Pirandello to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, trace a philosophical counter-narrative to Italy's modernity. Filmmakers such as Luchino Visconti and Michelangelo Antonioni amplify the tensions of Sicilian historical landscape through visually striking cinematic interpretations. At stake in this course is not only the so-called "Southern Question" epitomizing the unsolved problems of the modern nation-state, but also issues of race and gender exclusion, migration, and cultural memory - not to speak of criminal organizations like the Sicilian mafia. Targeted to students interested in honing their skills in Italian, this course also provides a critical understanding of the diversity and richness of Italy's local cultures through novels, films, and original 19th-century photographic materials. Prerequisites: Italian 202, or permission of instructor. Conducted in Italian. Class size: 15

 

92060

ITAL 331

Democracy and Defeat:

 Italy after Fascism

Franco Baldasso

M           1:30-3:50 pm

OLINLC 206

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed: Human Rights  The seminar takes an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural and intellectual history of Italy from 1943 to 1950, addressing post-Fascist Italy as a case study in the broader question of establishing democracy after totalitarianism. The heterogeneous aspects of the Italian cultural field after WWII are considered in a wide-ranging framework, in which postwar histories are informed not simply by the external context of the Cold War but also by preceding wartime discourses. The course encompasses the ideological debate of the late 1940s, the role of aesthetics in reshaping the national self (Neorealism and its discontents), and the politics of memory enacted by literature and film (Italo Calvino, Curzio Malaparte, Carlo Levi). It also investigates the legacy of violence left by Fascism and the war, the trauma of national defeat, and Italian responsibility in WWII and the Holocaust (Primo Levi, Rosetta Loy). Finally, it surveys the persistence of gender and racial exclusions after the establishment of a new democracy. Prerequisites: Italian 202 or permission of instructor.  Conducted in Italian.  Class size: 15

 

91866

MUS 209

 Gender& Sexuality in Italian Opera

Karen Raizen

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

BLM N210

AA

D+J

AART

DIFF

Cross-listed: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Italian Studies