History of the Italian Language (3,3)
Development of the Italian language from its origins to the present, with emphasis on the phonological, morphological, syntactical, and lexical development of the literary tongue.
Advanced Grammar and Composition (3,3)
Advanced grammar, with special attention to problems of idiomatic expression and literary style; essays, oral presentations, and translations.
(F) Applied Linguistics in Italian (3)
Contrastive analysis of the phonology, morphology, and syntax of English and Italian, oriented toward actual teaching issues in the classroom.
Introduction to Romance Philology (3,3)
Introduction to the typology of the Romance languages. First semester: history and structure of the Romance languages. Second semester: readings of parallel texts with analysis of special problems.
Italian Civilization (3,3)
Survey of Italian civilization, with emphasis on its expression through the arts from the 13th century to the present.
Approaches to Literature (3,3)
Poetry and prose from various periods of Italian literature, with examples of interpretive and textual scholarship and criticism, and various methods of literary study.
Stylistics and Literary Criticism (3,3)
Elements of style and theory of grammar; rhetoric and structure of literary texts; stylistic analysis and practice in literary criticism.
Prerequisite: 16:560:504 or permission of instructor.
Italian Literature from the 13th to the 16th Centuries (3,3)
Survey of the first four centuries of Italian literature. First semester: late medieval literary movements. Second semester: the age of Humanism and the Renaissance.
Italian Literature from the 17th to the 20th Centuries (3,3)
Survey of the main literary movements and major writers of modern and contemporary Italy. First semester: from the baroque to romanticism. Second semester: from Verismo to the present.
(F) Problems of Teaching Italian (N1.5)
Objectives, teaching techniques, testing, and student evaluation in elementary and intermediate language and literature courses. Introduction to bibliographical and professional resources. Class observation.
(S) Teaching Apprenticeship in Italian (N1.5)
Observation of elementary and intermediate language classes; supervised practice teaching.
Studies in Early Italian Literature (3,3)
The beginnings of Italian literature in the 13th century; poetry and prose before Dante, the Sicilian School, and the dolce stil nuovo.
Dante Seminar (3,3)
Medieval thought as represented in Dante's works.
The Classical Tradition in Italian Literature (3,3)
Survey of Greek and Roman literary genres (epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, epyllion, satire, dialogue, and novel) and their influence on Italian literature from the late Middle Ages to the present.
Italian Literature of the 14th Century (3,3)
First semester: Petrarch. Second semester: Boccaccio.
Italian Literature of the 15th Century (3,3)
First semester: the development of Humanism (Bruni, Valla, Alberti, Pico della Mirandola, Ficino, and others). Second semester: the poets (Lorenzo, Poliziano, Pulci, Boiardo, and others).
Italian Literature of the 16th Century (3,3)
Issues of Renaissance literature and culture, seen from a critical perspective. First semester: Machiavelli, Guicciardini, and others. Second semester: Castiglione, Della Casa, Speroni, Aretino, Tasso, Fonte, and others.
Italian Epic and Chivalric Poetry (3,3)
Medieval origins of the genre and its evolution during the Renaissance through Pulci's Morgante, Boiardo's Orlando Innamorato, Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, and Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata.
Italian Literature of the 17th Century (3)
Works of Campanella, Marino, Galileo, and baroque theater.
Italian Literature of the 18th Century (3,3)
Works of Vico, Goldoni, Gozzi, Parini, Alfieri, and others.
Vico and His Modern Readers (3)
Vico's major works and his impact on modern readers such as Gramsci, Croce, Cassirer, Berlin, Habermas, and Said.
Language and Nation in Italian Thought (3)
Notions and strategies adopted by Italian intellectuals to link language and national identity. Dante, Bembo, Vico, Manzoni, Leopardi, Gramsci, and Pasolini viewed in the light of current theories.
The Romantic Age (3,3)
First half of the 19th century. Neoclassic school and European romantic poetics: Foscolo, Leopardi, and Manzoni. Major dialect poets: Porta and Belli. Poets, critics, and ideologues of the Risorgimento.
Italian Literature of the Late 19th Century (3,3)
The Scapigliatura. The major poets: Carducci, Pascoli, D'Annunzio, and their relationship to European decadentism and symbolism. Poetics of naturalism and Verismo: Verga, D'Annunzio, Fogazzaro, and Capuana.
Studies in Italian Literature of the 19th Century (3,3)
In-depth analysis of major authors or movements of 19th-century Italian literature.
Italian Women Writers in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3)
Analysis of works by Neera, Marchesa Colombi, Serao, Aleramo, Deledda, Banti, Morante, Ginzburg, Maraini, Ortese, and others. Emphasis on historical and theoretical issues of women's writing (essays by Freud, Riviere, Benjamin, Cixous, Kristeva, and Butler).
Autobiography: The Art of Self-Fashion (3)
A survey of Italian autobiographic texts through the lens of the most recent theories on the genre (De Man, Dérrida, Lejeune, Gusdorf, Gasché, Spengeman, Eakin).
Italian Poetry of the 20th Century (3,3)
D'Annunzio and Pascoli as poetic models, and the Crepuscolari's reaction. Futurism, La Voce, and La Ronda. Ungaretti and Montale. The hermetic movement and Quasimodo. Antihermetic and posthermetic developments. The Novissimi and later trends.
Italian Novel of the 20th Century (3,3)
The D'Annunzian model and the anti-D'Annunzian novels of Borgese, Svevo, Pirandello, and Tozzi. Regional trends and the traditional novel in the 20th century. The Novecento movement; Manzini's and Buzzati's novels. Neorealists, the postwar generation, and contemporary trends.
Modern Italian Theater (3,3)
Italian naturalistic and bourgeois theater from its late 19th-century origins to the major works of Verga, D'Annunzio, Giacosa, and Bracco. The "grotesque" theater, Pirandello, and the contemporary theater from Betti, Fabbri, and De Filippo to Zardi, Squarzina, and Testori.
Italian Literature of the 20th Century (3,3)
Reaction to the 19th-century models in poetry, fiction, and theater; establishment of new models of writing in the cultural climate that followed futurism and World War I; the hermeticism of the 1930s and the neorealism of the 1940s; major authors and trends of recent decades.
The Italian Short Story (3,3)
The origins, development, and influence of the Italian short story from the Novellino to today.
History of Italian Criticism (3,3)
Survey of modern Italian critical thought, starting with the preromantic aesthetics of Vico in the early 18th century and concluding with 20th-century theories.
Problems in Literary Relationships (3,3)
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member of the relationship between Italian literature and other national literatures.
Topics in Italian Literature and Culture (3)
Study of a special topic in Italian literature and culture.
Research in Italian (BA,BA)