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Italian

Spring 2012

102. Elementary Italian II
Anna Rein M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Continuation of Italian 101. Three class hours per week, plus weekly drill sessions and language laboratory assignments. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. More attention is paid to reading and writing.

102. Elementary Italian II
Arielle Saiber M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25
Continuation of Italian 101. Three class hours per week, plus weekly drill sessions and language laboratory assignments. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. More attention is paid to reading and writing.

103. Accelerated Elementary Italian
Anna Rein M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
Three class hours per week, plus two hours of weekly drill and conversation sessions. Covers in one semester what is covered in two-semesters in the 101-102 sequence. Study of the basic forms, structures, and vocabulary. Emphasis is on listening comprehension and spoken Italian. For students with an advanced knowledge of a Romance Language or by permission of instructor.

204. Intermediate Italian II
Davida Gavioli M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Three class hours per week and one weekly conversation session with assistant. Aims to increase fluency in both spoken and written Italian. Grammar fundamentals are reviewed. Class conversation and written assignments are based on contemporary texts of literary and social interest.

208. Introduction to Contemporary Italy: Dalla Marcia alla Vespa
Davida Gavioli M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
In the recent past, Italy has experienced violent political, economic, and cultural changes. In short succession, it experienced Fascist dictatorship, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and Civil War, a passage from Monarchy to Republic, a transformation from a peasant existence to an industrialized society, giving rise to a revolution in cinema, fashion, and transportation. How did all this happen? Who were the people behind these events? What effect did they have on everyday life? Answers these questions, exploring the history and the culture of Italy from Fascism to contemporary Italy, passing through the economic boom, the “Years of Lead,” and the Mafia. Students have the opportunity to “relive” the events of the twentieth century, assuming the identity of real-life men and women. Along with historical and cultural information, students read newspaper articles, letters, excerpts from novels and short stories from authors such as Calvino, Levi, Ginzburg, and others, and see films by directors like Scola, Taviani, De Sica, and Giordana.

320. Dante's Commedia
Arielle Saiber M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
One of the greatest works of literature of all times. Dante’s Divine Comedy leads us through the torture-pits of Hell, up the steep mountain of Purgatory, to the virtual, white-on-white zone of Paradise, and then back to where we began: our own earthly lives. Accompanies Dante on his allegorical journey, armed with knowledge of Italian culture, philosophy, politics, religion, and history. Pieces together a mosaic of medieval Italy, while developing and refining abilities to read, analyze, interpret, discuss, and write about both literary texts and critical essays.