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

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  • CAS LI 111: First-Semester Italian
    For students who have never studied Italian, or by placement test results. Introduction to grammatical structures used in written exercises. Emphasis on aural comprehension, speaking, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required. (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 study of basic grammatical structures used in written assignments. Emphasis on speaking, aural comprehension, and pronunciation. Readings on contemporary Italian culture. Meets four days a week. Lab required.
  • 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 wish to continue study of grammatical structures. Emphasis on speaking, pronunciation, and aural comprehension. Reading about Italian culture and contemporary short stories. Compositions and oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. Meets three days a week.
  • 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. Intensive practice of spoken and written language. More advanced readings from Italian culture. Writing involving more complex grammatical and syntactical patterns. Oral assessments including interviews and/or presentations. Meets three days a week. 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. Also offered as CAS CI 266.
  • 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 311: Politics and Culture in 20th Century Italy
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; or placement exam results, or consent of instructor.
    This language-focus course discusses and analyzes seminal developments in twentieth-century Italy: Mussolini and the Second World War, the rise of the Mafia, the unholy alliance of Catholics and Communists, the economic miracle against the backdrop of political corruption, and conservation efforts to save Italy's artistic legacy and natural beauty. Through discussions, readings, and presentation, students develop proficiency in spoken and written Italian, with emphasis on building of vocabulary and particular attention to idiomatic forms. Review of specific grammar points when they arise.
  • CAS LI 312: Italy on the Cutting Edge
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; or placement exam results, or consent of instructor.
    A focus on Italy's influence on the fields of design, technology, science, fashion, and the culinary arts. Designed to deepen proficiency through analysis of videos, reading a variety of articles, biographical sketches, interviews, and writing assignments.
  • CAS LI 313: Italian Media and Popular Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LI 212; or placement exam results, or consent of instructor.
    Students analyze how print, audiovisual, and digital media impact Italian culture and society. Through viewing, discussing and writing, students examine how television, advertising, and folklore represent current social phenomena,and make comparisons between Italian and US culture.
  • CAS LI 350: Italian Literature I: Medieval
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 300-level language course or consent of instructor.
    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 352: Italian Literature III: Modern Period
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any 300-level language course or consent of instructor.
    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, Svevo, Calvino, Morante, Pavese. The development of the novel in Italy is discussed along with related questions of narrative perspective, cultural ideologies, and historical context.
  • 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, Muller-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 311 or CAS LI 312 or CAS LI 313.
    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. Also offered as CAS CI 460.
  • CAS LI 491: Directed Study: Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.
  • CAS LI 492: Directed Study: Italian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Academic Advising, 100 Bay State Rd., Room 401.
    Application form available in CAS Academic Advising.