Current Graduate Courses

2021-22 Course Offerings

ITA1000H (Fall/Winter) - 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.

ITA1610HF (Fall) - 17th and 18th-century Theatre / S. Bancheri

The course will study the most representative trends, authors and plays of Italian theatre of 17th and 18th century. Commedia dell’arte scripts as well as works by Guarini, Della Valle, De’ Dottori, Gravina, Martello, Maffei, Marcello, Metastasio, Gozzi, Goldoni, Galiani, Bettinelli, and Alfieri will be studied.

ITA1755HF/ITA425HF (Fall) - Italian Modernism / L. Somigli

The course will cover the culture of the period between Italian unification and the 1930s. It will consider the various responses to the process of modernization and the ensuing transformations in the traditional modes of production, circulation and reception of literature and art. Topics to be discussed include the debate on the function of art and the artist; the formation of new literary genres and forms; the rise of mass culture; the historiographic accounts of the period. Readings will include works by Pascoli, D’Annunzio, Aleramo, Marinetti, Svevo, Bontempelli, as well as historical and theoretical studies of modernism. Students will conduct seminars on specific case studies of the theoretical issues raised in the course.

ITA1535HF (Fall) - Topics in Italian Literature: Dante’s Divine Comedy – A Pilgrim’s Guide to Medieval Italy / Goggio Visiting Professor, M. Watt

The course will consider the Divine Comedy in the context of the late medieval growth in guidebooks for travellers.  To that end, the course will explore how the Divine Comedy reflects the intersection of sacred and secular travel in the very early stages of the Age of Exploration. Supplementary readings will include the Mirabilia Urbis Romae ("Marvels of the City of Rome,") Itinerarium Egeriae ("Travels of Egeria,") as well as excerpts from Marco Polo’s Il Milione (also known as the “Book of the Marvels of the World,”) and the so-called letter of Prester John. 

ITA1735HS (Winter) - Multilingualism in the Global World: Educational Issues on Creativity/ S. Casini

The course aims to provide a framework for the semiotic interpretation of languages to be applied to the teaching process. Important references to linguistic and semiotic theory and international language policy are provided for the teaching and learning of foreign languages. Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on semiotic creativity as it pertains to education and as processes of the creation of the meaning of verbal codes and languages in contact.

ITA1031H (Winter) - History of Italian North America / F. Pierno

This course proposes a historical vision of the Italian linguistic presence in North America throughout a period that extends from the first big wave of immigration in the mid eighteenth century to around the 1970s, which marks the end of the out-and-out flow of immigrants. Finally, a more pragmatic and not immediate objective of the course will be the realization of a web site designed to gather texts and critical-bibliographical information about the presence of the Italian language in North America.

ITA1535HS/ITA455H1S (Winter) -  Topics in Italian Literature: Women Writers in Italy / E. Morra  

The course analyzes the relationship between female identity and autobiographical component in some key texts of modern and contemporary Italian literature. We will reflect on the genesis and structure of the selection of texts, as well as on the relationship between documentable facts and autobiographical construction. The analysis of the cultural context will give us the opportunity to address the issues of genre (novel, autobiography, autofiction, diary, memoir), structural units (short story, dialogues, fragments), registers (irony and the comic, the epic and anti-epic) and to reflect on the models that shaped the textual corpus. Among the authors analyzed: Sibilla Aleramo, Grazia Deledda, Anna Banti, Natalia Ginzburg, Anna Maria Ortese, Elsa Morante, Jhumpa Lahiri. Students will conduct seminars on specific case studies of the theoretical issues raised in the course.

ITA737HS (Winter) - Topics in Italian Studies – Urban Space in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature: Place, Environment and the Body / Goggio Visiting Professor, S. Ross 

In this course, we will examine twentieth- and twenty-first-century texts set in Italian urban spaces such as Florence, Venice, and Rome. Bearing in mind the interplay between place, the environment and the Body, our analysis will draw on spatial, ecocritical and ecofeminist theory when examining the short stories, novels and prose passages of modern and contemporary writers. Authors considered may include Federigo Tozzi, Aldo Palazzeschi, Natalia Ginzburg, Vasco Pratolini, Italo Calvino, Antonio Tabucchi, Silvia Avallone, Igiaba Scego, among others.

2021-22 Timetable

Fall Term (September 2021 - December 2021)

~ All times stated in Eastern Time. ~

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10 am-12 pm

ITA1535

Topics in Italian Literature: Dante’s Divine Comedy – A Pilgrim’s Guide to Medieval Italy (Goggio Visiting Professor, M. Watt)

Online-synchronous

(This six-week condensed course begins October 18 and ends November 25, 2021)

   

ITA1535

Topics in Italian Literature: Dante’s Divine Comedy – A Pilgrim’s Guide to Medieval Italy (Goggio Visiting Professor, M. Watt)

Online-synchronous

(This six-week condensed course begins October 18 and ends November 25, 2021)

 
11 am-1 pm

 

 

ITA 1610

17th and 18th-century Theatre (S. Bancheri)

Online-synchronous

   
3 pm-5 pm

ITA1000

Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Staff)

Online-synchronous

   

ITA1001 (Goggio Lectures)

COLLOQUIA

Online

 

4 pm-6 pm

 

ITA 1755

Italian Modernism (L. Somigli)

Online-synchronous

 

 

 

 

Winter Term (January 2022 - April 2022) (ITA Grad Winter courses are not yet open for registration)

~ All times stated in Eastern Time. ~

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

ITA1735

Multilingualism in the Global World: Educational Issues on Creativity (S. Casini)

Delivery Mode: In-Person

   
1 pm-3 pm

ITA1031

History of Italian North America (F. Pierno)

Delivery Mode: Online-synchronous

     

 

2pm-4pm    

ITA1737

Topics in Italian Studies: Urban Space in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature: Place, Environment and the Body (Goggio Visiting Professor, S. Ross)

Delivery Mode: In-Person

(This six-week condensed course begins March 2, 2022, and ends April 8, 2022)

 

ITA1737

Topics in Italian Studies: Urban Space in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature: Place, Environment and the Body (Goggio Visiting Professor, S. Ross)

Delivery Mode: In-Person

(This six-week condensed course begins March 2, 2022, and ends April 8, 2022)

3 pm-5 pm

ITA1000

Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Staff) 

Delivery Mode: Online-synchronous

 

ITA1535

Topics in Literature: Women Writers in Italy (E. Morra)

Delivery Mode: Online-synchronous

 

ITA1001 (Goggio Lectures)

COLLOQUIA

 

 
4 pm - 6 pm