|Course No.||ITAL 201|
|Title||Intermediate Italian I|
|Schedule||Tu Th 11:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 201|
Prerequisite: Italian 106 or the equivalent
|Course No.||ITAL 202|
|Title||Intermediate Italian II: Italian for Conversation|
|Schedule||Tu Th 10:00 am - 11:20 pm LC 115|
foreign language can be a major hurdle for learners. Studying grammar and reading books in the foreign language is one challenge. Engaging in conversation, arguing and winning an argument is another. The purpose of this course is to create an environment in which students will have greater opportunity, cause and incentive to speak than they would in the standard foreign language classroom. The primary text is the students
themselves: their interests will dictate the subject matter at the focus of class discussions. The parallel text will be famous Italian speeches and the Italian media--print and broadcast--to expose students to rhetorical models and an Italian perspective on current affairs.
Prerequisite: Italian 201 or the equivalent.
|Course No.||ITAL 208|
|Title||Il Giallo: Italian Detective Novels in Translation|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 11:30 am - 12:50 pm OLIN 203|
Since Edgar Allan Poe invented it, the detective story never went out of fashion. Alive and well both on page and on the screen, it has evolved into a surprisingly wide variety of sub-genres and styles. It probably sells more than any other kind of fiction. For a long time, the very existence of an Italian detective story was considered an "absurd hypothesis", as Alberto Savinio once said. In fact, to most writers, sunny Italy was an unlikely scene for the intrigues and machinations of diabolical criminal minds. Italian detective storywriters have to deal with this preconception, and do so re-interpreting the genre, shifting their interest from the "solution to a mystery" to the "mystery to a solution". The solution to a mystery often turns into a much more complex quest, where the crime committed, which primed the plot of the novel, is only one of the issues that the detective/reader has to face in order to establish his own identity, and justify his own investigation. During the semester we will read five novels and view movies that re-interpret the genre of the detective story. We will conduct our own investigation of works by, among others, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Antonio Tabucchi, Gesualdo Bufalino and Leonardo Sciascia.
|Course No.||ITAL 304|
|Title||Contemporary Italian Cinema|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm Olin 107|