|Course no.||ITAL 106|
|Schedule||M T W Th 10:30 am-12:30 pm Olin 101|
Eight credits. A single-semester equivalent to Italian 101-102. This rapidly paced course is designed primarily for students who have successfully studied other languages. It is open to other with the instructor's permission. Four 120-minute classes with two hours of language laboratory with the Italian Tutor. Skill in speaking, reading and writing will be developed through a variety of activities.
|Course no.||ITAL 302|
|Title||Culture and Society 1940-1990|
|Schedule||Mon Th 2:50 pm-4:10 pm Lang Ctr 120|
An introduction to the major issues in Italian society and culture from Fascism to the present: the Resistance, Neo-Realism, the Economic Boom in the Fifties, the Historic Compromise, Terrorism, il problema del Mezzogiorno, government and Mafia, migration, the national language and the dialects, the role of women. In addition to fiction and essays by Carlo Levi, Vittorini, Pavese, Primo Levi, Sciascia, and Calvino, and poetry by Montale and Pasolini, we will view films of Visconti, Bertolucci, De Sica, the Taviani brothers and others.
|Course no.||ITAL 315|
|Title||Pirandello and the Italian Avant-garde|
|Schedule||to be announced|
The Italian Novecento was heralded by the arrival of a new generation of artists determined to drag Italy, kicking and screaming, into the new century. Ardegno Soffici and the writers of La Voce rallied their forces to organize the first exhibition of the French Impressionists in Italy, and champion the work of artists shunned by the Italian Academy, such as the sculptor Medardo Rosso and the painter Giovanni Segantini. The Futurists waged an all-out cultural war, issuing a manifesto that called on the people to burn the museums. It was in this context that Luigi Pirandello defined the principles that would guide his work for the next four decades. While he embraced key concepts of the new, particularly Bergson's theories of consciousness, he also drew inspiration from the folklore of his native Sicily, incorporating elements of dialect and puppetry into his plays. The purpose of this course is to explore Pirandello's work in the interdisciplinary context of artistic and poetic experimentation in the early twentieth century. Our main texts, in Italian, will be his short stories, novels and plays, including Novelle per un anno, Il fu Mattia Pascal, Sei personaggi, Enrico IV, Come tu mi vuoi, and I Giganti della montagna. We will also survey contemporary stagings of his plays and film adaptations of his short stories.