19154

ITAL 106

 Intensive Italian

Karen Raizen

M T W Th  9:30-11:30 am

OLIN 309

FL

FLLC

8 credits This course enables students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian to complete three semesters of college Italian in five months: 8 credits at Bard and 4 credits in Italy in June, where the students will continue daily intensive study of the Italian language and culture while living with Italian families. At Bard, students attend eight hours of class per week, plus two hours with the Italian tutor. The course methodology is based on a communicative approach, which includes grammar drills, guided compositions, oral practice, role-plays, readings and analysis of authentic material.

Class size: 20

 

19155

ITAL 236

 Advanced Review: Italy & Exile

Karen Raizen

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm

OLINLC 115

FL

FLLC

The course aims to enhance students' oral and written production in Italian through the lens of exile. Exile has always been a crucial aspect of the Italian consciousness, from the medieval period to today. This course explores the idea of exile broadly, as both exile from a place and exile to another place. What does it mean to be exiled within Italy? How does this differ from exile from Italy? Rather than focusing on a specific time period, this course offers a thematic survey from Dante to the twenty-first century. Readings will include excerpts from Dante’s Comedy, Machiavelli’s The Prince, Antonio Gramsci’s political writings, the prison letters of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and Igiaba Scego’s novel La mia casa è dove sono. This course constitutes a first introduction to Italian civilization and culture for students who have completed Intermediate Italian. Through in-class discussions, grammar drills, written work, presentations, and performances, it offers an opportunity for students to hone their linguistic skills and actively engage with the complexities of Italian identity, past and present.  Class size: 22

 

19173

LIT 241

 Sex, Lies and the Renaissance

Joseph Luzzi

M  W      11:50-1:10 pm

OLIN 201

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed:  Italian Studies

 

19199

LIT 3205

 LOVE AND DEATH IN Dante

Joseph Luzzi

M           1:30-3:50 pm

OLIN 310

FL

FLLC

Cross-listed:  Italian Studies What makes Dante’s Divine Comedy so essential to our lives today, even though it was written seven centuries ago? This course will explore the fascinating world of Dante’s epic poem in all its cultural and historical richness, as we consider Dante’s relation to his beloved hometown of Florence, his lacerating experience of exile, and his lifelong devotion to his muse Beatrice, among many other issues. We will pay special attention to the originality and brilliance of Dante’s poetic vision, as we see how he transformed his great poem into one of the most influential works in literary history, both in Italy and throughout the world. Course/reading in English.  This course counts as pre-1800 offering.  This course is a literature junior seminar.  Class size: 15