ITAL 206 Italian Immersion

Professor: Maria Nicoletti

CRN: 12124

Italian Immersion - Schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 - 10:00 Olin 101 Olin 101 Olin 101
11:00 - 12:00 Olin 101 Olin 101 Olin 101 Olin 101 Olin 101
1:30 - 2:30 Olin 101 Olin 101 Olin 107 Olin 101 Olin 101
4:20 - 5:20 Olin 101 Olin 101

12 credits Italian Immersion presents two years of Italian in one semester followed by a month of study in Italy, for a total of 16 credits. During the spring semester at Bard, students attend 15 hours of class a week, plus another two hours devoted to audio lab 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 20th-century literary texts (e.g. theater, fiction and essays by Pirandello, Calvino, Maraini) 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 in the heart of the city in the University section. Monday through Friday in small groups they will study Italian with creative, experienced teachers specialized in teaching Italian to foreign students. Only Italian is spoken at the Center. Bologna is a lively, medium-sized city. The University of Bologna, the oldest in Europe, celebrated its 900th anniversary in 1988. Many international students are enrolled 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 part of the Erasmus Project.

Outside of class students will experience Italian culture directly in daily living and excursions to theaters, villas, museums, Etruscan sites. We will also visit Florence which is an hour away by train. This course is offered in alternate years.

Tentative dates: May 30, departure for Bologna. June 1, classes begin. Classes end June 26. For the rest of the summer students are, of course, free to travel in Italy and in Europe. For a longer stay in Bologna it is often possible to make special arrangements with host families. For further information see Maria Nicoletti in Hopson 104. Open to all.


ITAL 212 Adavanced Language Study: Styles of Italian Language and Thought

Professor: Stephen Sartarelli

CRN: 12482

Time: Tu Th TBA

Through the close reading of a wide variety of texts, students will be taught to develop a sensitivity to levels of language (from everyday usage to literary language), questions of style and lexical choice, as well as to the forms of thought and cultural experience implicit in different kinds of language. Texts to include fiction, poetry, journalism, historiography, song lyrics (popular and classical), etc. Authors will include Leopardi, Croce, Ungaretti, Palazzeschi and various contemporaries, including Pasolini, Ceronetti, Ginsburg. Frequent writing assignments and exercises. Prerequisite: 3 semesters of Italian or the equivalent. Taught in Italian.


ITAL 307 The Italian Lyric

Professor: Stephen Sartarelli

CRN: 12364

Time: Th 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm OLIN 203

A broad historical survey of lyric poetry in the Italian vernacular from its medieval beginnings to the modern age. The class will cover small but essential samplings of work from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, and the 19th and 20th centuries. We will begin with the poets of the Sicilian court of Frederick II Hohenstaufen (Jacopo da Lentino, Pier della Vigna, et al) and the contemporary central Italian spiritual poets (Francis of Assisi, Jacopone da Todi), continue through the great flowering of medieval lyric in the Tuscan dolce stil nuovo (Guido Guinizelli, Guido Cavalcanti, Cino da Pistoia) and the Dante of La vita nuova, culminating in the great refinement of Francesco Petrarca, who in his Humanism and Classicism is a beacon of the nascent Renaissance. We will look at the poetry of the brilliant court of Lorenzo de'Medici in Florence (Poliziano, Lorenzo himself), the phenomenon of petrarchismo, the lyrics of Este court poets Boiardo, Ariosto and Tasso, Michelangelo's lyrics, the baroque extravagance of Giambattista Marino and marinismo, and the baroque religiosity of Tommaso Campanella, the "neoclassicism" of the new academic poetry (Metastasio), Guiseppe Parini's "civic" poetry, Vittorio Alfieri's individualism. We will cover the transition from neoclassicism to Romanticism in Ugo Foscolo, then will pause a moment over the works of the great Romantic poet Giacomo Leopardi, before reading early moderns Pascoli and D'Annunzio. We shall end with Ungaretti and Montale, and perhaps a contemporary poet or two. Students are expected to read the poetry in the original, with the help of the instructor, who will attempt, especially with the ancient work, to render the meanings in contemporary Italian. We shall also use translation as a tool of reading and comprehension. Classes will be conducted in Italian. Permission of instructor.