ITAL 201

 Intermediate Italian

Karen Raizen

M T W     9:30 am-10:30 am




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: 20



ITAL 222

 Italian Crimes / Italian Fictions

Franco Baldasso

 T  Th     11:50 am-1:10 pm




Crime fiction in Italy has a specific name, “il giallo”, from the color of the covers of the popular books that invaded the Italian market in the 1930s. “I gialli” are not only a literary genre, many groundbreaking movies share the name. The genre has become a major player in Italian self-representation even beyond Hollywood clichés. The course will approach modern Italian novels, from Sciascia’s A ciascuno il suo to Moravia’s Il conformista, and their filmic adaptations (Bertolucci, Petri, Bellocchio, Garrone among others) tackling issues such as the fascist mentality, the evolution of mafia as a modern global enterprise, political terrorism, social and gender exclusion––and looking at what is behind enduring stereotypes about Italians and the dynamics of cultural (mis)appropriations. Taught in Italian. Class size: 20



ITAL 331


 Italy after Fascism

Franco Baldasso

M            1:30 pm-3:50 pm

OLIN 309



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



ARTH 345


Diana DePardo-Minsky

    F        1:30 pm-3:50 pm




Cross-listed: Italian Studies Class size: 15