ITAL 111   Accelerated Italian II

Anna Ferrari

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1:00 pm -2:00 pm



Part two of the year-long Accelerated Italian course, open only to those students who completed the first segment of the course in fall 2008 and the interterm in Florence. The course will continue to cover the major topics of grammar through intensive practice in the four skills (speaking, comprehension, reading and writing). In this semester, the textbook is supplemented by regular multimedia work in the Bard Foreign Language Resource Center and a required weekly tutorial with the foreign language tutor to practice oral skills. 



ITAL 202   Intermediate Italian II

Joseph Luzzi

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10:30  -11:50 am

10:30 – 11:30 am

RKC 200

RKC 200


A continuation of ITAL 201: Intermediate Italian I. Comprehensive review through practice in writing and conversation. Discussion, compositions and oral reports based on Italian literary texts and cultural material.



ITAL 275   To Remake Italy”: Italian Film from Rossellini and Fellini to the Present

Joseph Luzzi

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1:00 pm -2:20 pm

OLIN 205





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6:00 pm -8:00 pm

OLIN 102


The phrase rifare l’Italia (remake Italy) was a refrain for many of the Italian filmmakers of the 1940s and 1950s who created works that dealt in some way with their nation’s struggle to rebuild itself after two decades of Fascism and years of world (and civil) war. In particular, the famous postwar cinematic movement Neorealism revolutionized filmmaking by employing documentary-style techniques to address the pressing sociopolitical issues of the day. A focus of this course on the history of Italian film will be the works and legacies of the vaunted Neorealist movement, whose directors (Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti) trained or influenced a generation of the so-called auteur filmmakers (Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini). We will also study the richly interdisciplinary realm of the silent film era as well as the major recent Italian directors who continue to produce “art cinema” in the tradition of the Neorealist and auteur masters. All course work/readings in English; films with English subtitles. 


ITAL 317   The Fantastic Tale

Amelia Moser

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4:00 pm -6:20 pm

OLIN 309


Italo Calvino once stated that fantastic fiction “meditates on the nightmares and hidden places of contemporary man”.  This course aims to discuss this seminal idea through a reading of classic short stories by important modern Italian authors including, among others, Luigi Pirandello, Calvino, Umberto Eco, Anna Maria Ortese and Antonio Tabucchi.  Students will investigate the unique contribution of Italian writers to the fantastic tale, which was – and continues to be – intensely present in the literary production of the peninsula.  Special attention will be devoted to contextualizing Italian fantastic fiction within the international trend of this body of writings.  Topics include the inherently subversive nature of the fantastic, the link between fantastic texts and politics, the relation between Magical Realism in Italy and in South America, and the theoretical debate about the fantastic in critics such as Freud and Todorov.  A final project could include the writing of an original fantastic tale.  Film screenings will also be included.  All course work/readings in English; qualified students will have the option of doing the course work in Italian.