Courses Taught

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LANGUAGE TEACHING

ITAL-UA 1: Elementary Italian I
This elementary language course, taught in Italian, focuses on introducing students to the fundamentals of the Italian language. It typically enrolls 20 students. This course can be used to fulfill the language Core requirement.

ITAL-UA 2: Elementary Italian II
This elementary language course, taught in Italian, focuses on introducing students to the fundamentals of the Italian language. It typically enrolls 20 students. This course can be used to fulfill the language Core requirement.

ITAL-UA 10: Intensive Elementary Italian
This intensive elementary language course focuses on developing more complex communication skills in Italian. It typically enrolls up to 10 students. This course can be used to fulfill the language Core requirement.

ITAL-UA 20: Intensive Intermediate Italian
This intensive intermediate language course focuses on developing more complex communication skills in Italian. It typically enrolls up to 10 students. This course can be used to fulfill the language Core requirement.

ADVANCED CULTURE AND LANGUAGE COURSES

This course offers a comprehensive review of Italian language through an engaging examination of a wide variety of contemporary issues and current events in Italian culture, including immigration, Slow Food, ecotourism, fake news, Italian television, and Italy’s role in the EU. Students will expand vocabulary and improve conversational skills through in-class discussion and small-group speaking exercises. Students will also craft short weekly response papers in order to polish and perfect their written Italian. This course is a prerequisite for other advanced courses in language, literature, and culture and society. 

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Ti piace il cinema italiano? In this course we will build fluency in Italian while enjoying award-winning classic and contemporary Italian films. Students will get to know the genres and directors that have made Italian cinema famous across the world, from auteurs like Fellini and De Sica to more popular genres like the peplum and the spaghetti western. This seminar-style course also offers advanced students a fun and unique opportunity to develop their conversational Italian. Class discussions will explore a range of topics related to Italian current events, culture, and history, including the mafia, sexual politics, and the European migrant crisis.

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This course explores the spooky world of the gothic imagination and the queer, perverse, monstrous, hybrid, unhuman, and posthuman creatures that inhabit it. We will interrogate the timeless appeal of scary stories, from gothic romance novels to modern horror films: why do we derive such pleasure from being scared? We will also devote particular attention to how gothic fiction responds to contemporary anxieties about animal cruelty, flesh consumption, queer sexualities, and the destruction of the natural world. 

Course readings will include works by Tarchetti, Capuana, Landolfi, Ortese, and Capriolo. We will also watch a variety of films from the Italian gothic tradition.