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Italian Discipline Courses Details

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ITAL 101 : First Semester Italian

Prerequisites: None
Description: Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian and Italian culture; language as a communicative medium and carrier of culture.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 102 : Second Semester Italian

Prerequisites: ITAL 101 or equivalent.
Description: Continuation of ITAL 101.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 5
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 103 : Third Semester Italian

Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or equivalent.
Description: Reinforcement of language structure; literary styles and techniques in Italian.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 104 : Fourth Semester Italian

Prerequisites: ITAL 103 or equivalent.
Description: Selected reading material in Italian literature.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ITAL 206 : Italian Conversation

Prerequisites: ITAL 102 or equivalent.
Description: Development of listening and speaking skills through vocabulary exercises, conversation, and oral reports based on aspects of contemporary Italian culture. May be taken concurrently with ITAL 103 or 104.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ITAL 305 : Advanced Grammar and Composition

Prerequisites: ITAL 104 or equivalent.
Description: Analysis of grammatical constructions. Exercises in style.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 350 : Advanced Oral and Reading Practice

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Expansion of ability to read and interpret selected plays, poems, and prose writings. May be repeated once when material changes.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ITAL 401 : Italian Culture and Civilization

Prerequisites: ITAL 104 or equivalent.
Description: Background for literature.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ITAL 510 : Italian Literature: Early Period

Prerequisites: ITAL 104 or equivalent.
Description: Literature from its origins to the middle of the 16th century. Representative works and movements.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ITAL 511 : Italian Literature: Late Period

Prerequisites: ITAL 104 or equivalent.
Description: Literature from the middle of the 16th century to the present. Representative works and movements.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ITAL 525 : Literature of the Risorgimento

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent.
Description: Analysis of texts from representative figures such as Parini, Alfieri, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni, etc.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ITAL 550 : The Italian Theater

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent.
Description: Plays selected from playwrights from Renaissance to today, studied and interpreted as salient points of history of theatre. Paired with ITAL 850. Students who have completed ITAL 550 may not take ITAL 850 later for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 560 : The Italian Novel

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent.
Description: Trends as seen through the works of Manzoni, Nievo, Verga, D'Annunzio, Svevo, and writers of the present period.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ITAL 570 : Italian Women Writers--13th to 20th Centuries

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Selections of prose and poetry by Italian women writers from the 13th to the 20th century: from Compiuta Donzella to the 1926 Nobel prize winner, Grazia Deledda, and the major novelists of the modern period. Paired with ITAL 870. Students who have completed ITAL 570 may not take ITAL 870 later for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 580 : Great Figures in Italian Literature

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different authors are studied.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 580 : Moravia, Buzzati, Pavese, Morante

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and ITAL 511 or equivalent.
Description: Trends in Italian literature from 1930 to 1957 through 4 major novelists: Alberto Moravia, Dino Buzzati, Cesare Pavese, and Elsa Morante and their contribution during major historical, political, and social change.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 580 : Sciascia/Ginzburg/Calvino/Morazzoni

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and ITAL 511 or equivalent.
Description: Narrative trends in Italian literature and events of cultural importance from 1945-1988: detective fiction in Sicily, emerging narrative of women writers, Calvino's fantastical realism, and the new historical novel.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 581 : Divina Commedia

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalents.
Description: Analysis of selected cantos integrated with relevant information on medieval literature, poetics, scholasticism, classical tradition, and socio-political structure of Dante's world. Paired with ITAL 881. Students completing ITAL 581 may not take ITAL 881 later for credit.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3

ITAL 600 GW : Italian Literature on Film in English - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; Italian major.
Description: Comparative analyses of cinematic and literary narrative texts, both of which focus on seminal moments in Italian historical and cultural development from peasant society in the 19th century to urban criminal organization in the early 21st century. [Taught in English.] Paired with ITAL 800. Students who have completed ITAL 800 may not take ITAL 600GW for credit. (ABC/NC grading only)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: ITAL 104 or equivalent.
Description: Intensive concentration upon special topics in Italian. Written projects requiring critical analysis, and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3

ITAL 800 : Italian Literature on Film in English

Prerequisites: ENG 416 and graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Paried with ITAL 600. For course description, see ITAL 600. Students who have completed ITAL 800 may not take ITAL 600 for credit. (ABC/NC grading only)
Units: 3

ITAL 830 : Seminar: Italian Literature of the 19th Century

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: Romanticism, Risorgimento, and Verismo, particularly as they affect literary problems of the 20th century and the search for a national language.
Units: 3

ITAL 850 : The Italian Theater

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511; admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see ITAL 550. Paired with ITAL 550. Students who have completed ITAL 850 may not take ITAL 550 for credit.
Units: 3

ITAL 870 : Italian Women Writers--13th to 20th Centuries

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: For course description, see ITAL 570. Paired with ITAL 570. Students who have completed ITAL 870 may not take ITAL 570 for credit.
Units: 3

ITAL 880 : Seminar: Individual Authors

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian program or consent of instructor. Author or authors to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when different authors are studied.
Units: 3

ITAL 880 : BOCCACCIO

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: Close reading of Decameron aided by history, biography, philology, rhetoric, and aesthetics. Application of various interpretive approaches.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ITAL 880 : Giovanni Verga (Verismo)

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: An analysis of the development of Verga's art. Verga's particular brand of 'verismo;' his poetic notation of the background of Sicily; his unique style; the epic quality of his elemental world; and the elements of fate, compassion, and passion in his works.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

ITAL 880 : Italo Calvino

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian M.A. program or consent of instructor.
Description: Italo Calvino: one of the most renowned authors of contemporary Italian literature. His investigation of various Italian literary trends.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ITAL 880 : Petrarch and Trecento

Prerequisites: Admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: Reading and critical analysis of works by Petrarch, Caterine da Siena, Villani, Campagni, Sacchetti. Particularly stressed is Petrarch's Canzoniere.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ITAL 881 : Divina Commedia

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalents; admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: Paried with ITAL 581. For course description, see ITAL 581. Students completing ITAL 881 may not take ITAL 581 for credit.
Units: 3

ITAL 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member; admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.
Units: 1-3
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