Bulletin--Italian Discipline

ITALIAN


College of Humanities
(See Foreign Languages—Italian in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)

All upper division courses are conducted in Italian.

Undergraduate Courses

101 First Semester Italian (5) [GE]

Introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian and to Italian culture; emphasis on language as a communicative medium and carrier of culture.

102 Second Semester Italian (5) [GE]

Prerequisite: ITAL 101 or equivalent. Continuation of instruction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Italian and to Italian culture; emphasis on language as a communicative medium and carrier of culture.

103 Third Semester Italian (3) [GE]

Prerequisite: ITAL 102 or equivalent. Reinforcement of language structure and an introduction to literary styles and techniques in Italian; emphasis on language as a communicative medium and carrier of culture.

104 Fourth Semester Italian (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 103 or equivalent. Continuation of Third Semester Italian. Selected reading material as preparation for upper division courses in Italian literature.

305 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 104 or equivalent. Analysis of grammatical constructions. Study and exercises in style. Practical exercises in composition.

325 Practical Linguistics of Italian (3)

Application of linguistics to the study of Italian sound patterns and structures.

350 Advanced Oral and Reading Practice (3)

Expansion of ability to read and interpret selected plays, poems, and prose writings. Class discussions, written assignments, and the recitation of dramatic selections. May be repeated once for credit when material changes.

401 Italian Culture and Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 104 or equivalent. Background for Italian literature.

510 Italian Literature: Early Period (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 104 or equivalent. Italian literature from its origins to the middle of the sixteenth century. Discussion of representative works and movements.

511 Italian Literature: Late Period (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 104 or equivalent. Italian literature from the middle of the sixteenth century to the present. Discussion of representative works and movements.

525 Literature of the Risorgimento (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent. Analysis of texts from representative figures such as Parini, Alfieri, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni, etc.

530 Italian Renaissance Literature (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Analysis of texts from representative prose writers such as Boccaccio, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Bandello, etc. or analysis of texts from representative poets such as Petrarch, Boiardo, Poliziano, Ariosto, Tasso, etc. May be repeated when topic varies.

550 The Italian Theater (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent. Plays selected from works of playwrights from Renaissance to today, studied and interpreted as salient points of history of Italian theatre. Paired with ITAL 850. Students who have completed ITAL 550 may not take ITAL 850 later for credit.

560 The Italian Novel (3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent. Trends as seen through the works of Manzoni, Nievo, Verga, D'Annunzio, Svevo, and writers of the present period.

580 Great Figures in Italian Literature (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. The life, times, and works of outstanding figures in Italian letters. Course may be repeated for credit when different writers are treated in succeeding semesters.

581 Divina Commedia (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalents. 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.

699 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisite: ITAL 104 or equivalent. 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 for credit.

Graduate Courses

Prerequisite for each graduate course in Italian: admission to Italian program or consent of instructor.

830 Seminar: Italian Literature of the Nineteenth Century (3)

Romanticism, Risorgimento and Verismo, particularly as they affect literary problems of the twentieth century and the search for a national language.

850 The Italian Theater (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511. Plays selected from works of playwrights from Renaissance to today, studied and interpreted as salient points of history of Italian theater. Paired with ITAL 550. Students who have completed ITAL 550 may not take ITAL 850 for credit. ITAL 850 requires written assignments and oral presentations covering analysis of more advanced material.

880 Seminar: Individual Authors (3)

Author or authors to be specified in Class Schedule. Works of one or more writers. May be repeated for credit when different authors are studied.

881 Divina Commedia (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 510 and 511 or equivalents. For course description, see ITAL 581. Covers more advanced material, written assignments, and oral presentations. Paired with ITAL 581. Students who have completed ITAL 581 may not take ITAL 881 for credit.

899 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member. 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.


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