Italian 101 Beginning Italian will not be taught in the fall of 1997. Instead Italian Immersion will be offered in the Spring of 1998.

Italian Immersion, Spring 1998

Italian Immersion presents two years of Italian in one semester followed by a month of study in Italy, for a total of sixteen credits. During the spring semester at Bard, students attend fifteen hours of class per week, plus another two hours of audio and video lab and other out-of-class work. Participants may enroll in one other course at Bard during this semester.

Emphasis is evenly divided between speaking, writing, reading, and aural comprehension. Students participate actively in a variety of classroom activities: dialogues, drills, prepared and impromptu skits, and games. Ever-increasing emphasis is placed on reading twentieth-century literary texts (e.g. theater, fiction, and essays by Pirandello, Calvino, Pasolini, and Chiara) as well as articles from the press.

The last month will take place in Italy, in Bologna. Students will study the language at the Centro di Cultura Italiana which is located in the heart of the University Quarter. Monday through Friday for a total of twenty hours in small groups they will study Italian with creative, experienced teachers specialized in teaching Italian to foreign University students. The Centro itself organizes a variety of excursions and cultural activities.

Bologna is a medium-sized city. The University of Bologna, the oldest in Europe, celebrated its nine hundredth anniversary in 1988. Many international students study at the University in a variety of programs and fields. Brown University and the University of California have programs there. Exchange students from other European universities come to Bologna as a part of the Erasmus Project. This is an ideal city in which to experience urban living in a stimulating intellectual environment. Outside of class students will experience Italian culture directly in daily living and weekend excursions to nearby cities, such as Florence, Venice and Ravenna. This course is given in alternate years.

For the rest of the summer students are free to travel elsewhere in Italy and Europe. Financial aid is available. For further information see Maria Nicoletti (ext. 7241) at registration or in Hopson 104.


ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian I

Professor: M. Nicoletti

CRN: 92457

Distribution: D

Time: M W 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm LC 206

For students who have completed Italian 101-102 or Intensive Italian 106. Formal language study at the second-year level. Strong emphasis on oral practice and writing skills. Discussion of contemporary works by Sciascia, Calvino, Maraini, Tabucchi and others, as well as a murder mystery, I Gioved¨ della Signora Giulia by Pietro Chiara. Federico Fellini's Lo Sceicco Bianco will be viewed and studied. An additional hour of conversation is required every week. Prerequisite: Italian 101-102 or the equivalent. Conducted in Italian.


ITAL 202 20th Century Italian Theatre

Professor: M. Nicoletti

CRN: 92458

Distribution: B/D

Time: Tu Th 2:50 pm - 4:10 pm LC 210

Reading and in-class performance of plays by Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, Gianni Rodari, and Dario Fo. We emphasize the performance aspects of this genre. Conducted in Italian. Students should come prepared to perform and work in groups. Outside written work will consist of writing (and re-writing) monologues, dialogues and brief one-act plays. We will then perform these texts. The final segment of the course will be devoted to the writing and production of a play by the whole group. We will all take part in the writing and production of this play. Plays studied range from classics such as Pensaci, Giacomino by Pirandello to the children's theater of Gianni Rodari, which makes use of the conventions of Commedia dell'Arte, to the middle-class social comedies of Natalia Ginzburg, to the subversive farces of Dario Fo. We will also view filmed versions of two plays: Pensaci, Giacomino and Tullio Kezich's masterly stage-adaptation of Italo Svevo's La Coscienza di Zeno. N.B. This is also a language course and the continuation of Italian 201. There will be regular grammatical exercises. Prerequisite: Italian 201 or the equivalent.


ITAL 310 The Novella

Professor: M. Nicoletti

CRN: 92459

Distribution: B/D

Time: Tu Th 9:00 am - 10:20 am OLIN 304

Close reading of selected short fiction from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Works and authors studies include Il Novellino, Boccaccio's Decameron, I Fioretti de San Francesco, Sacchetti, Bandello, Tarchetti, Verga, Pirandello, Moravia, Pavese, Buzzati, Ortese, Silone, Sciascia, Ginzburg, Calvino. Consolo, Ballestra. Conducted in Italian.


ITAL 312 Orlando Furioso

Professor: S. Sartarelli

CRN: 92460

Distribution: B/D

Time: Th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm OLIN 310

The great epic romance of the Italian Renaissance, Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso is at once a culmination of the medieval chivalric tradition and a fanciful reformulation of the Classical epic. A popular favorite among the European courts of its time, it influenced such important later works as Edmund Spencer's Faerie Queen and Cervantes's Don Quixote. While we shall certainly examine the Orlando Furioso as a repository of Carolingian, Arthurian, and derived conventions, as a playful attempt as "modern" epic, and as the single literary work that perhaps best captures the spirit and verve of the Italian Renaissance, we shall read it above all for the pleasures afforded by its magical, intricately woven plots. The course is open to all students interested in Renaissance literature and will be taught in English. Italian studies students will be expected to read substantial portions of the work in the Italian; the instructor will also regularly give textual analyses of passages in the original, to highlight Ariosto's unparalleled mastery of the ottava rima stanza, long the standard of Italian narrative verse, and to illuminate his use and subversion of medieval and Classical subject matter. For the English version of the Orlando, the class will use Barbara Reynold's splendid verse translation, a classic in its own right. Permission of the instructor required.