Current Graduate Courses

2020-21 Course Offerings

ITA1000H (Fall) - Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian / Staff

Students are introduced to basic reference materials necessary for research and will familiarize themselves with the Reference, Periodical Rooms, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library. They will also study philological, computer-assisted and critical methods for the study of Italian literature and linguistics.

ITA1735HF (Fall) - Educational Linguistics: Teaching, Learning and Using Foreign Languages / S. Casini

The general aim of the course is to provide a framework for semiotic interpretation of the language to be applied to teaching processes. Important references of linguistic and semiotic theory and international language policy are provided for the teaching and learning processes of foreign languages.

ITA1177H (Fall) - The Italian Questione della Lingua / F. Pierno

The aim of this course is to retrace “la questione della lingua” in Italy in order to suggest a different approach to, as well as another perspective on, this crucial period of the history of Italian literature and language.Particular attention is given to those factors, which are usually considered marginal (book market, economic situation, religious influence, popular texts / works, and so on) in order to show how they interacted with the question of language. The main idea is that these very factors had a profound impact on Italian society and determined the socio-linguistic situation that ensued in the Italian peninsula.

ITA1597H (Fall) - The Actress and the Golden Age of the Commedia dell’Arte / R. Kerr (Goggio Visiting Professor)

This graduate course looks at the foundations of this subversive theatrical form as it found success in the marketplace competing in a new mass market.  It will investigate what gave this new art form its enduring appeal by examining the iconic masks that made up its troupes and the improvisational style their ensembles developed.  Central to their success, the phenomenal arrival of talented female performers will be studied to assess their role in shaping early modern celebrity culture.  Using Flaminio Scala's collection of Theatre of Tales for Performance, (Il teatro delle favole rappresentative,) various scenarios will feature the prominent females roles, including transvestite impersonations.  Special attention will be given to evaluating Isabella Andreini's and Virginia Ramponi's contributions through written and iconographic records.  The course will conclude with a reading of Falminio Scala's The Fake Husband (il finto marito) which showcases the brilliance of the commedia dell'arte's artistic achievements as text and performance.

ITA1810HF/ITA425H1 (Fall) - 100 Years of Fellini / A. Zambenedetti

In the centenary of Federico Fellini’s birth, this graduate seminar will examine the Italian filmmaker’s oeuvre in relation to questions of authorship, autobiography, and autofiction, evaluating his legacy through historical, cultural, political, social, and aesthetic lens. The goal is not to unproblematically celebrate his achievements, but rather to think “through” Fellini about synchronous and asynchronous theoretical debates, and to examine the viability of monographic courses as a pedagogical model in 21st century film studies. The assigned readings will bring complexity, relevance, and nuance to this attempt to interrogate, rather than just demolish, the "old master" paradigm.

This course is part of a year-long research project on Federico Fellini that includes a fall retrospective at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and an international conference in Toronto (October 16 and 17, 2020). Visit the conference website to learn more.

ITA1705HS/ITA426HS (Winter) - Pirandello / L. Somigli

This course is pending a description.

ITA1200HS (Winter) - Dante / E. Brilli

This course is pending a description.

ITA1535HS (Winter) - Topics in Italian Literature: Medieval Italian Religious Culture / Goggio Visitor, G. Ferzoco

In the 700th anniversary of the death of poeta theologus Dante Alighieri, we will look at selected texts from Dante and Petrarch, along with hagiographical literature and an unusual painted work, regarding various ways in which an understanding of the religious bedrock of medieval culture can increase our appreciation of the written and visual creations of the period.

2020-21 Timetable

Fall Term (September 2020 - December 2020)

~ All times stated in Eastern Time. ~

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10 am-12 pm      

ITA1597

Commedia dell’Arte (Goggio Visting Professor R. Kerr)

Online-synchronous

 
12 pm-2 pm

ITA1735

Educational Linguistics: Teaching, Learning and Using Foreign Languages (S. Casini)

Online-synchronous

       
2 pm-4 pm        

ITA1810HF/ITA425H1

100 Years of Fellini (A. Zambenedetti)

Online-synchronous

3 pm-5 pm

ITA1000

Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Chair)

Online-synchronous

ITA1177

The Italian Questione della Lingua (F. Pierno)

Online-synchronous

 

ITA1001 (Goggio Lectures)

COLLOQUIA

Location forthcoming

 

 

Winter Term (January 2021 - April 2021)

~ All times stated in Eastern Time. ~

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10 am-12 pm          
12 pm-2 pm          
2 pm-4 pm        

ITA1200

Dante (E. Brilli)

Online-synchronous

3 pm-5 pm

ITA1000

Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Chair)

Online-synchronous

ITA1705H/ITA426H

Pirandello (L. Somigli)

Online-synchronous

 

ITA1001

COLLOQUIA

Location forthcoming

 
4 pm - 6 pm

ITA1535

Topics in Italian Literature: Medieval Italian Religious Culture  (Goggio Visitor, G. Ferzoco)

Online-synchronous

(This six-week condensed course begins March 1st and ends April 7, 2021)

 

ITA1535

Topics in Italian Literature: Medieval Italian Religious Culture  (Goggio Visitor, G. Ferzoco)

Online-synchronous

(This six-week condensed course begins March 1st and ends April 7, 2021)