Italian: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LI 111: First-Semester Italian
    For beginners only, or placement examination results. Grammar, conversation practice, written exercises, and compositions. Conducted in Italian. Lab required. Four hours weekly. (If CAS LI 131 or a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course cannot be taken for credit.)
  • CAS LI 112: Second-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 111; or placement test results.
    Continues the CAS LI 111 basic text: grammar, conversation, compositions. Conducted in Italian. Lab required. Four hours weekly.
  • CAS LI 131: Beginning Italian I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CFA students only.
    Specially designed for College of Fine Arts students. Grammar; special attention to phonetics; reading and writing.
  • CAS LI 132: Beginning Italian II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 131.
    Specially designed for students in the College of Fine Arts. Continuation of CAS LI 131. Grammar; special attention to phonetics; reading and writing.
  • CAS LI 211: Third-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 112; or placement test results.
    Intended for students with a satisfactory background in elementary Italian, who require some review of basic structures, verbs, and related essentials. Review, emphasis on composition skills, and conversation. Reading and discussion of short stories, poetry, and plays. Conducted in Italian.
  • CAS LI 212: Fourth-Semester Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 211; or placement test results.
    For students who wish to build active use of Italian in speaking, writing, and reading. Continuation of CAS LI 211: review, development of reading skills through analysis of contemporary texts, compositions, conversation. Lab required. Satisfactory completion of CAS LI 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LI 283: Twentieth-Century Culture and the Italian Film (in English translation)
    A portrait of modern Italian life as seen through cinema and screenplays. Films by Fellini, Bertolucci, Bellocchio (based on works by Pirandello, Calvino, Moravia, Pasolini) illustrate aspects of Italian cultural development in the twentieth century.
  • CAS LI 303: Self-Expression in Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; or placement test results.
    Building and expansion of vocabulary through development of fluent discussion in Italian on topics of current interest. Emphasis on idiomatic expressions. Individual oral reports related to Italian culture, history, cinema, and literature. Reading of a novel. Not open to native speakers of Italian.
  • CAS LI 304: Advanced Self-Expression
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 303.
    Conversational skills developed through class discussions. Reading of contemporary Italian novels and articles from Italian magazines and newspapers. Review of fundamental grammatical topics and idiomatic patterns. Weekly compositions. Not open to native speakers of Italian.
  • CAS LI 305: Topics in Composition and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 303.
    The course is intended to improve the writing and speaking skills of third year Italian students. The cultural topic examines Italian literature, art, and culture at the time between Italy's unification and World War I.
  • CAS LI 349: Italian Seminar: Social, Political, and Cultural Life of Today's Italy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 303.
    Special topics in Italian area studies, stressing access, via the press and other written and visual means, to contemporary Italian society.
  • CAS LI 350: Italian Literature I: Medieval
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting Italian literary texts. Historical and critical study of the first two centuries of Italian literature, 1200-1400: the early poets, Guido Cavalcanti, and Dante. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LI 351: Italian Literature II: Renaissance and Baroque
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212.
    Techniques for analysis of Italian texts from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, a play of Nicolò Machiavelli's, Ludovico Ariosto, female love-poets of the sixteenth century, the Baroque poetry of Giambattista Marino. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LI 352: Italian Literature III: Modern Period
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212.
    Development of techniques for reading and interpreting Italian literary texts. Historical and critical study of Italian literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth century: Alfieri, Romanticism and Leopardi, Verga, Capuana and verismo, theatre of Pirandello. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LI 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LI 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LI 450: The Novel in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 350 or CAS LI 351 or CAS LI 352.
    An examination of the modern novel in Italy: Foscolo, Capuana, D'Annunzio, Bassani, and Calvino. The development of the novel in Italy is discussed along with related questions of narrative perspective, cultural ideologies, and historical context.
  • CAS LI 453: Autobiography and the Confessional Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 350 or CAS LI 351 or CAS LI 352.
    Discussion of Italian autobiographical and confessional novels, concentrating on theoretical questions of self-representation and the differences between confession and autobiography. Authors read: Capuana, D'Annunzio, Svevo, and Aleramo.
  • CAS LI 459: Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LL 281 or CAS RN 384; or junior standing or consent of instructor.
    A study of Primo Levi's writings and scientific, theological, and philosophical approaches to the Holocaust. Other theorists (Arendt, Wiesel, Müller-Hill) and other survivors' testimonies (Delbo, Borowski, Fink) are read in conjunction with Levi's works. Also offered as CAS RN 459 and CAS XL 459.
  • CAS LI 473: The Masters of Italian Cinema
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 303.
    The creative work of Fellini, Visconti, Antonioni, Bertolucci, and De Sica as expressions of a specific cultural perspective on Italian life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Additional focus on several novels and screen plays that have influenced the work of the directors.