Italian (ITAL)

ITAL 080 Introduction to Italian Cinema

Italian national cinema from the Golden Age of silent film and classics of Neorealism to present, covering work of a dozen major directors. Films discussed in context of history from the Unification, national vs. regional identity, gender roles, contemporary politics. Readings in Italian history, Italian film history, and theory of cinema. Taught in English.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 100 Topics: Freshman Seminar

Topics vary. See the Department's website at https://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses for a description of current offerings.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: CIMS 014, COML 107

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 101 Italian Survival Kit: The Language and Culture of getting around in Italy

The following course is delivered in a fully online format in order to allow more flexibility for LPS students. Class sessions are offered through a course website and include live lectures and interactive discussions through both direct messaging and voice-over internet. Between classes, the learning experience is extended through assignments, threaded discussions and office hours. For additional information, please visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/onlinelearning This online course provides the flexibility of distance-learning and content that is taught efficiently in order to be used practically. If you are going to Italy and questioning how you will survive your total immersion experience, this course will provide you with the linguistic and cultural survival skills you will need to effectively function in Italy and fully enjoy its wonders. In this course, you will learn and practice the language you need to talk about: yourself; others; travel; public transportation; housing; food; shopping; technology; health; money, etc. Class meetings combine original as well as online, authentic content. Adobe Connect allows students to engage in collaborative interaction under the instructor's supervision. Students participate in conversations that replicate day-to-day life in Italy, thereby developing the skills needed for face-to-face and online situations.

Taught by: Veneziano Broccia

Activity: Lecture

0.5 Course Units

ITAL 105 Sicilian Language & Cltr

Occupied over the centuries by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, and Spaniards, Sicily is a region of many histories and many traditions. Birthplace and crossroad of cultures and artistic movements, the Sicilian land has shaped the imagination of its inhabitants and has never ceased to fascinate its visitors. Its language and culture have also been exported abroad, through the many Sicilians who left the island and settled all over the world. This course is an introduction to Sicilian Language and Culture. We will study spoken Sicilian and cultural artifacts ranging from film to literature, to music and food, in order to learn to recognize and understand the unique sounds and features of "siciliano" and to converse in Sicilian with native speakers and with one another. This course is delivered in an online format, with occasional face-to-face meetings. Class sessions are offered through a course website and include live lectures and interactive discussions. Between classes, the learning experience is extended through assignments, lectures and discussions.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for ITAL 105: Sicilian Language and Culture.

Activity: Seminar

0.5 Course Units

ITAL 110 Elementary Italian I

A first-semester elementary language course for students who have never studied Italian or who have had very little exposure to the language. Students who have previously studied Italian are required to take the placement test. Class work emphasizes the development of spontaneous discourse skills and interactional competence. Readings on topics in Italian culture as well as frequent writing practice are also included. Out-of-class homework requires work with Canvas, the Internet, as well as audio and video materials.

For BA Students: Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 112 Accelerated Elementary Italian

An intensive two-credit course covering the first and second semester of the elementary year for students who have never studied Italian before but have already fulfilled the language requirement in another modern language, preferably a romance language. Students who have fulfilled the language requirement in a language other than a romance language will be considered on an individual basis. All students must have departmental permission to register. Class work emphasizes the development of spontaneous discourse skills and interactional competence. Readings on topics in Italian culture as well as frequent writing practice are also included. Out-of-class homework requires work with Canvas, the Internet, as well as audio and video materials.

For BA Students: Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Proficiency in another foreign language.

Activity: Seminar

2 Course Units

ITAL 120 Elementary Italian II

This course is the continuation of the elementary-level sequence designed to develop functional competence in the four skills. Class work emphasizes the further development of spontaneous discourse skills and interactional competence. Readings on topics in Italian culture as well as frequent writing practice are also included. Out-of-class homework requires work with Canvas, the Internet, as well as audio and video materials.

For BA Students: Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 110 or placement into second-semester Italian.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 130 Intermediate Italian I

Italian 130 is the first half of a two-semester intermediate sequence designed to help you attain a level of proficiency that will allow you to function comfortably in an Italian-speaking environment. The course will build on your existing skills in Italian, increase your confidence and your ability to read, write, speak and understand the language, and introduce you to more refined lexical items, more complex grammatical structures, and more challenging cultural material. You are expected to have already learned the most basic grammatical structures in elementary Italian and to review these. The course textbook, together with all supplementary materials, will allow you to explore culturally relevant topics and to develop cross-cultural skills through the exploration of similarities and differences between your native culture and the Italian world.

For BA Students: Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 120 at Penn or a placement score between 450 and 540 on the Achievement Exam (SAT II).

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 134 Accelerated Intermediate Italian

Italian 134 is the intensive and accelerated course that combines in one semester the intermediate sequence (130 and 140). It will build on your existing skills in Italian, increase your confidence and your ability to read, write, speak and understand the language, and introduce you to more refined lexical items, more complex grammatical structures, and more challenging cultural material. You are expected to have already learned the most basic grammatical structures in elementary Italian and to review these on your own. The course will allow you to explore culturally relevant topics and to develop cross-cultural skills through the exploration of similarities and differences between your native culture and the Italian world.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Italian 112 or departmental permit; proficiency in another foreign language.

Activity: Seminar

2 Course Units

ITAL 140 Intermediate Italian II

Italian 140 is the second half of a two-semester intermediate sequence designed to help you attain a level of proficiency that will allow you to function comfortably in an Italian-speaking environment. The course will build on your existing skills in Italian, increase your confidence and your ability to read, write, speak and understand the language, and introduce you to more refined lexical items, more complex grammatical structures, and more challenging cultural material. You are expected to have already learned the most basic grammatical structures in elementary Italian and to review these on your own. The course will allow you to explore culturally relevant topics and to develop cross-cultural skills through the exploration of analogies and differences between your native culture and the Italian world. The course will move beyond stereotypical presentations of Italy and its people to concentrate on specific social issues together with cultural topics.

For BA Students: Last Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Completion of Italian 130 at Penn or placement into Italian 140.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 180 Italian Conversation in Residence

Two terms. student must enter first term.

Activity: Seminar

0.5 Course Units

Notes: Must be resident of the Modern Language House

ITAL 200 Medieval Culture

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: HIST 230

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 201 Advanced Italian I

Italian 201 will focus on a recent movie by Italian director Tullio Giordana, "La meglio gioventu" (2002), which will be used as a point of departure to explore contemporary Italian culture following its development since the 1960s. Another recent movie, "Mio fratello e figlio unico" (2007), will be viewed and analyzed at the conclusion of the course as compared to "La meglio gioventu." Pertinent literary texts, newspaper articles, as well as material in other media will complement the analysis of the film and allow an in-depth discussion of the most important topics. The cultural material explored in the course will be also used as a basis for a review of the most difficult grammar structures, with an emphasis on those necessary to express opinion and formulate hypothesis. Audiovisual materials and readings have been carefully chosen to develop student's comprehension and production in Italian, and to enable them to function in an academic setting in which competence at the advanced level is required. Class work will center primarily on conversation to improve students' fluency, vocabulary, and accuracy in speaking in the formal register. Homework will consist primarily, but not exclusively, of paragraph-length blog entries and 1.5-2 page compositions to improve students' ability to express themselves correctly and elegantly in written Italian. Additionally, students will be required to prepare two five-minute in-class or video presentations on one or parts of an assigned sequence, and on a social or cultural issue. In place of a final exam, students will write a final essay of 5-6 pages comparing "La meglio gioventu" to another recent Italian movie, "Mio fratello e figlio unico," that will be introduced in class during the last week of the semester.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Open to students who have satisfied the language requirement in Italian. ITAL 201 or equivalent is a prerequisite for all other courses taught in Italian at the 200/300 level.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 202 Advanced Italian II

In Italian 202 (formerly 205), students will perfect their communication skills to function in the formal register appropriate for an academic setting, while continuing to explore significant aspects of contemporary Italian culture and history. Students will take futher steps towards being able to understand in depth and to contextualize authentic Italian documents. Texts like films, songs, and a variety of readings, will be used as windows on particular historical periods, cultural movements, political issues, and social customs. They will serve as a tool to investigate the many facets of Italian identity and, at the same time, as a way to prepare those students who will continue their study of Italian literature and culture in higher-level courses. Students are expected to participate willingly in conversations and all other class activities in order to perfect their oral and written ability to narrate, express opinion, hypothesize, and discuss a variety of topics quite accurately, using rich, appropriate vocabulary and grammar, and organizing paragraphs into well structured discourses, be they oral presentations, weekly compositions (2-2.5 pages) or the final essay (6-7 pages). To reach these goals, speaking, listening, reading and writing activities -- role plays, discussions, oral presentations, journals, grammar reviews -- will be based on audio-visual material and written texts provided by the instructor, and purchased and/or proposed by the students themselves, based on their independent explorations and research.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed ITAL 201. Please see the Undergraduate Chair if you have any questions.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 203 Masterpieces-Italian Literature

This course surveys the history of Italian literature through its major masterpieces. Beginning with Dante's Divine Comedy, Petrarca's love poems, and Boccaccio's Decameron, we will follow the development of Italian literary tradition through the Renaissance (Machiavelli's political theory and Ariosto's epic poem), and then through Romanticism (Leopardi's lyric poetry and Manzoni's historical novel), up to the 20th century (from D'annunzio's sensual poetry to Calvino's post-modern short stories). The course will provide students with the tools needed for analyzing the texts in terms of both form and content, and for framing them in their historical, cultural, and socio-political context. Classes and readings will be in Italian. ITAL 203 is mandatory for Minors in Italian Literature and Majors in Italian Literature. If necessary, ITAL 201 can be taken at the same time as ITAL 203.

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: COLL 228, COML 203

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed ITAL 201 or equivalent.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 204 Italian History on Screen: How Movies Tell the Story of Italy

How has our image of Italy arrived to us? Where does the story begin and who has recounted, rewritten, and rearranged it over the centuries? In this course, we will study Italy's rich and complex past and present. We will carefully read literary and historical texts and thoughtfully watch films in order to attain an understanding of Italy that is as varied and multifacted as the country itself. Group work, discussions and readings will allow us to examine the problems and trends in the political, cultural and social history from ancient Rome to today. We will focus on: the Roman Empire, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Unification, Turn of the Century, Fascist era, World War II, post-war and contemporary Italy.

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: CIMS 206, COML 206

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 208 Business Italian I

The course is conducted entirely in Italian and should be taken after completion of Italian 201 or equivalent. It is designed to enable students to acquire language proficiency in the current Italian business and labor world. Business terminology will be used in specific business situations such as banking, trade, communications, etc. The course will examine Italian business practices, cultural differences such as the attitude towards money, work, leisure and consumerism through websites, newspaper and magazine articles and video clips. Students will learn to read business publications, write and compose business texts, and participate in business-related conversations. Additionally, guest lecturers from the local business world with ties to Italy will provide students with information about internship and job opportunities and the knowledge necessary to navigate international and Italian commercial routes.

For BA Students: Advanced Language Course

Course not offered every year

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed ITAL 201 or equivalent.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 213 Contemporary Italy Through Film

Topics vary. See the Department's website for a description of the current offering at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 213

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 215 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature and Cinema

Topics vary. See the Department's website at for a description of current offerings at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

One-term course offered either term

Prerequisites: Open to students who have completed ITAL 201 or equivalent.

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 216 Introduction to Literature II.

Focusing on the moon and its nocturnal effects as represented in film, opera, literature and art, this course offers a survey of the last four centuries of Italian literature and culture. Man stepped on the Moon on July 20, 1969 and since then Armstrong's footprint has remained in the lunar dust. We know now that the Moon is a vast and deserted landscape where no life is possible. Now that we have succeeded in contaminating the Moon with our presence, is Science Fiction the only possible discourse on the Moon other than the one carried on by astronomers? What is left of the romantic lunar dream? Can those human footprints destroy the image of the kissing faces that romantic painters saw on the lunar disk? Can we still fly on the Moon looking for Orlando's common sense? or imagine our satellite populated by lurid, gesticulating goblins who cause the monstrous metamorphosis of werewolves? Have we finally succeeded in realizing the futuristic scream by Marinetti "Let's kill the moonlight?" These are some of the questions this course will address and discuss by reading or viewing works (in their entirety or in excerpts) by the following authors: Luciano, Ariosto, Tasso, Galileo, Goldoni, Pindemonte, Parini, Leopardi, Bellini, Donizzetti, Salgari, Capuana, D'Annunzio Pirandello, Fellini, Calvino.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 218 Film Sound & Film Music

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: MUSC 081

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 220 Cultura E Letteratura

Taught in Venice.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 222 Topics in Italian Cinema

Topics vary. See the department's website at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses for the current description.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 226 SA: Culture and Literature

Topics vary.

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 230 Topics in European History

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

One-term course offered either term

Also Offered As: HIST 230

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 232 The World of Dante

Dante's masterpiece in context of 14th-century culture. Selected cantos will connect with such topics as books and readers in the manuscript era, life in society dominated by the Catholic church (sinners vs. saints, Christian pilgrimage routes, the great Franciscan and Dominican orders), Dante's politics as a Florentine exile (power struggles between Pope and Emperor), his classical and Biblical literary models, his genius as a poet in the medieval structures of allegory, symbolism, and numerology. Field trip to University of Pennsylvania Rare Book Collection. Text in Italian with facing English translation.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 234

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 250 Female Bodies, Different Bodies

This course examines how women and gays have been depicted and interpreted in the most recent Italian novels and films. Moreover, this class analyzes the most important aspects of Italian Feminist thought. A selection from Rosi Braidotti's "Patterns of Dissonance" will be read in class. We shall read novels by Natalia Ginzburg ("Family Sayings"), Aldo Busi ("Seminar on Youth"), Pier Vittorio Tondelli ("Separate Rooms"), Alberto Moravia ("Two Women"). We shall discuss the following films: "Ernesto", "Mary Forever", "Portrait of a Woman", "The City of Women", "Forgetting Venice". Course conducted in English.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: FREN 250

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 257 Fascist Cinemas

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

For BA Students: Arts and Letters Sector

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 257, COML 269, GRMN 257

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

ITAL 260 Worldviews in Collision

This course explores the radical conflicts that developed in the 16th- and 17th century Europe when Protestant reformers, scientific discoveries, and geographical explorations challenged a long-held Medieval worldview and the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. These historical developments will be studied in comparison with parallel modern issues, such as Darwinism, separation of church and state, multicultural religious conflicts. Historical readings: Machiavelli's comic play Mandragola, the vitriolic polemic involving Martin Luther, Thomas More, and King Henry VII; Thomas Campanella's Utopian dialogue The City of the Sun, selections from the scientists Copernicus and Galileo, and from The History of the Council of Trent by the Venetian Paolo Sarpi. Modern texts: Osborne's Luther, Brecht's Galileo, and a classic Hollywood film Utopia, Frank Capra's Lost Horizon. In introductory and final units, we shall consider how 16th- and 17th-century poetry and visual arts mirrored their turbulent times, with an attention to the Petrarchan tradition (Vittoria Colonna, Marino) and stylistic changes in Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance to Mannerist to Baroque.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 280 Films From Literature

Topics vary.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 288 Modern Italian Culture

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 240

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 300 Topics in Italian History, Literature, and Culture

Topics vary. Please check the department's website for course description: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 301, CIMS 300, COML 300, ENGL 231

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 310 The Medieval Reader

Through a range of authors including Augustine, Dante, Petrarch, Galileo, and Umberto Eco, this course will explore the world of the book in the manuscript era. We will consider 1) readers in fiction-male and female, good and bad; 2) books as material objects produced in monasteries and their subsequent role in the rise of the universities; 3) medieval women readers and writers; 4) medieval ideas of the book as a symbol (e.g., the notion of the world as God's book); 5) changes in book culture brought about by printing and electronic media. Lectures with discussion in English, to be supplemented by visual presentations and a visit to the Rare Book Room in Van Pelt Library. No prerequisites.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 310, GSWS 310

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 318 Ital Hist 1789-Present

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: HIST 318

Activity: Lecture

1 Course Unit

ITAL 322 Italian Cinema

The course will consist of a broad and varied sampling of classic Italian films from WWII to the present. The curriculum will be divided into four units: (1) The Neorealist Revolution, (2) Metacinema, (3) Fascism and War Revisited, and (4) Postmodernism or the Death of the Cinema. One of the aims of the course will be to develop a sense of "cinematic literacy"--to develop critical techniques that will make us active interpreters of the cinematic image by challenging the expectations that Hollywood has implanted in us: that films be action-packed wish-fulfillment fantasies. Italian cinema will invite us to re-examine and revise the very narrow conception that we Americans have of the medium. We will also use the films as a means to explore the postwar Italian culture so powerfully reflected, and in turn, shaped, by its national cinema. Classes will include close visual analysis of films using video clips and slides. The films will be in Italian with English subtitles and will include works of Fellini, Antonioni, De Sica, Visconti, Pasolini, Wertuller, Rossellini, Rossellini, Bertolucci and Moretti. Students will be asked actively to participate in class discussion, and to write a series of critical papers keyed to the units around which the course will be organized. Substantial Writing Component.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 340, COML 280

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 333 Dante's Divine Comedy

In this course we will read the Inferno, the Purgatorio and the Paradiso, focusing on a series of interrelated problems raised by the poem: authority, fiction, history, politics and language. Particular attention will be given to how the Commedia presents itself as Dante's autobiography, and to how the autobiographical narrative serves as a unifying thread for this supremely rich literary text. Supplementary readings will include Virgil's Aeneid and selections from Ovid's Metamorphoses. All readings and written work will be in English. Italian or Italian Studies credit will require reading Italian texts in their original language and writing about their themes in Italian. This course may be taken for graduate credit, but additional work and meetings with the instructor will be required.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 333, ENGL 323

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: When crosslisted with ENGL 323, this is a Benjamin Franklin Seminar

ITAL 340 Topics in the Renaissance

Content Varies. Possible contents may be: Renaissance Women Writers, Love and Sexuality in the Renaissance.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 341 Topics: Italian Art

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 301

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 351 Mad Love

The history of an emotion and how it emerges in Italian literature, music and film.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 360 Semiotics and Rhetoric

A survey of major currents in the modern theory of signs and languages, ranging from linguistics through the perspectives of semiotics, rhetoric and hermeneutics. Readings from modern works on semiotical and rhetorical theory as well as analysis of primary texts in Italian literature from Dante to Svevo, as well as other forms of communication including advertising, journalism, film and television. All readings in English.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 380 Italian Literature of the 20th Century

Topics vary, covering a range of genres and authors. The reading material and the bibliographical references will be provided in a course reader. Further material will be presented in class. Requirements include class attendance, preparation, and participation, a series of oral responses, and a final oral presentation.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 379, COML 382

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 383 20th-Century Italian Novel

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 384 Holocst Ital Lit & Film

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 387, COML 384

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 385 Modern Theater

A study of theater in Italian, beginning with Pirandello.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 388 Italian-American Writers

This course will explore the emerging field of Italian American literature, a vast and varied collection of English language writers and poets who have one element in common: l'Italianita. We shall become acquainted not with the Italian Renaissance, but with a humbler Italy, the Italy that has determined the lives of millions of Italians so poor that they had to leave their country to try their fortunes in the United States and only now are making their voices heard. Readings will be a journey through first-, second-, and third-generation immigrants. Authors tell their stories and those of their illiterate parents or grandparents in memoires, autobiographies, and novels that witness their struggle, humiliation, and success from alienation to assimilation. The course will relate more broadly to issues of self and other, to the American immigrant experience of other ethnic groups in their process of Americanization. Authors include Tamburri, Barolini, Di Donato, Fante, Puzo, Mangione, Gambino, Prose, DeRosa, and Parini. Course offered in English, but if some students wish to practice the Italian language and use it in their written work, they are welcome and encouraged to do so.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 382

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: No prerequisites

ITAL 398 Honors Thesis

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit

ITAL 399 Independent Study

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit

ITAL 499 Independent Study

Course usually offered in fall term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit

ITAL 501 Italian Literary Theory

Basic issues in literary theory.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 503

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: Taught occasionally. This requirement is normally satisfied by taking the Comparative Literature course in literary theory.

ITAL 512 A Black Seed (He) Sowed: An Introduction to Paleography & History of Books

Writing and reading are common actions we do every day. Nonetheless they have changed over the centuries, and a fourteenth century manuscript appears to us very different from a Penguin book. The impact of cultural movements such as Humanism, and of historical events, such as the Reformation, reshaped the making of books, and therefore the way of reading them. The course will provide students with an introduction to the history of the book, including elements of paleography, and through direct contact with the subjects of the class: manuscripts and books. Furthermore, a section of the course will focus on digital resources, in order to make students familiar with ongoing projects related to the history of book collections (including the "Philosophical Libraries" and the "Provenance" projects, based at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and at Penn). The course will be conducted in English; a basic knowledge of Latin is desirable but not required. The class will meet in Van Pelt.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 520 Medieval "Autobiography": Augustine to Petrarch

The development of a new authorial subject in Medieval and Early Modern first-person narrative.

Taught by: Brownlee

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 530 Medieval Italian Literature

Medieval Italian society, art, intellectual and political history. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 601, ENGL 524, RELS 537

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 531 Dante's Commedia I

"Divine Comedy" in the context of Dante's medieval worldview and culture. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses Dante Visualizing: Dante Visualizing and Dante Visualized. Dante's Commedia has inspired art, but at the same time art is present within the Comedy itself, through images, metaphors, descriptions and even more concrete examples. This course aims at discussing these aspects, taking into consideration also the philosophical, political and religious background of these motifs. While analyzing images in and from the Commedia, we will look at illustrations and artistic interpretations, spanning from medieval illuminations and Renaissance printed boooks (mainly from Van Pelt Library) to contemporary examples, and focusing on artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Blake, Dore, and Dali. The course will be taught in English.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 533

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

Notes: This course may sometimes be taught as the first part of a two-semester sequence.

ITAL 532 Divina Commedia II

"Divine Comedy" in the context of Dante's medieval worldview and culture.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 532

Prerequisite: Italian 531

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 534 Women in Poetry

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: GSWS 534

Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of Italian

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 535 Petrarch

Petrarch's life and work in the context of Italian and European culture and society.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 524

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 537 Boccaccio

Boccaccio's life and work in the context of Italian and European culture and society.

Taught by: Brownlee

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 521, ENGL 525

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 539 Cracking the Code: Numerology and Literature

In English. This course reconstructs traditions of Western number symbolism from antiquity (Plato, the Pythagoreans) to the early modern period with readings both in encyclopedic treatises on Arithmetic (Macrobius, Martianus Capella, Rhabanus Maurus) and in literary texts that are numerical compositions (Augustine's Confessions, Petrarch's epistle on the ascent of Mt. Ventoux, Dante's Vita Nuova and Commedia, Boccaccio's Diana's Hunt, the Old French Vie de St. Alexis, and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose). Discussion will focus on numerology as it relates to the medieval esthetic of order, the literary text as microcosmic counterpart to God's macrocosm, veiled meaning, and "difficult" poetics. We shall also consider the end of the tradition and what changes in science and culture brought about the disappearance of number symbolism in literature, except for a few moderns (e. g., Thomas Mann). Cross-listed with COML 548.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 540 Topics: Renaissance Culture

Please see department website for a current course description: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 540, ENGL 540, MUSC 730

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 562 World Views in Collision

The impact of paradigm shifts on Italian and European culture.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 508

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 583 Post-Human Landscapes

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 584 20th-Century Italian Novel and Film

The course will involve an exploration of a number of works of prose fiction and, when possible, the screening of their filmic adaptations. We will consider such genres as the historical novel (Tomasi di Lampedusa's Il gattopardo), biography (Dacia Mariani's La lunga vita di Marianna Ucria), autobiography (Gavino Ledda's Padre padrone), the mystery novel (Leonardo Sciascia's A ciascuno il suo), the epistolary novel (Oriana Fallaci's Lettera ad un bambino mai nato), the political thriller (Antonio Tabucchi's Sostiene Pereira), "anthropological" memoir (Carlo Levi's Christ Stopped at Eboli), the psycho-political case study (Alberto Moravia's II conformista) and the regional short story (selections from Luigi Pirandello's Novelle per un anno). The class will be conducted as a seminar requiring a great deal of student participation.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 576

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 586 Italian Women Directors

In Peter Bondanella' s book, "Italian Cinema, from Neorealism to the Present," only two Italian women directors are mentioned: Lina Wertmuller and Liliana Cavani. However, in recent years, the Italian cinema has generated a new wave of Italian women directors who have significantly made their mark on the national cinematic imagination. Francesca Archibugi, Roberta Torre, Cristina e Francesca Comencini, Antonietta De Lillo, Fiorella Infascelli, Anna Negri, and Laura Muscardin, among others, established themselves as important voices of the last generation of Italian filmmakers in feature films, Angela Ricci Lucchi in the realm of non-fiction films and Alina Marazzi in the realm of documentary. In this course, we are going to explore their films, in connection to feminist and post-feminist culture in Italy, examining the originality of their approach and their relationships to the challenges offered by the advent of new technologies. The course will be taught in Italian.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 548

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 588 Cinema and the Sister Arts

Cinema as a pan-generic system constructed of other art forms, including fiction, theater, painting, photography, music and dance.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 548

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 601 Time and Literature

The perceptions of Time differ according to various societies, conceptions of history, religious and literary traditions. Literature not only inhabits Time, but forges it. The course will focus on representations and elaborations of time throughout the Italian culture from Dante to the XX Century. We will deal also with the theoretical issues connected with the relation between time and history. The course will be taught in Italian. Undergraduates need permission.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 609

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 602 Tools of the Trade

Theoretical and practical aspects of academic research. Please check the department's website for the course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/graduate/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 602

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 603 Sociolinguistic Varieties

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 630 Medieval Italian Lierature

Medieval Italian society, art, intellectual and political history. Advanced- level course.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 630, ENGL 795, FREN 630

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 631 Dante's Commedia

"Divine Comedy" in the context of Dante's medieval worldview and culture. Advanced-level course.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 632

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 634 Woman's Place

Poetry by women and about women. Advanced-level course.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 640 Studies in the Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Italian society, art, intellectual and political history. Advanced-level course.

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: COML 641

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 660 18th Century Italian Culture

18th-century Italian society, art, intellectual and political history.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 672 Narrativa '800-'900

Modern and contemporary Italian fiction.

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 681 Represen Women Ital Cine

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 684

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 682 Topics: Literature and Film

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 682, COML 680, GSWS 682

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 684 20th-Century Novel

Contemporary Italian fiction

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: CIMS 684

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 685 20th Century Italian Culture

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Also Offered As: ARTH 786, CIMS 685, COML 786

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 687 Pasolini & Calvino

Please check the website for a current course description. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses

Course not offered every year

Activity: Seminar

1 Course Unit

ITAL 990 Masters Thesis

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Masters Thesis

1 Course Unit

ITAL 995 Dissertation

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Dissertation

1 Course Unit

ITAL 998 Tutorial

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit

ITAL 999 Independent Study

One-term course offered either term

Activity: Independent Study

1 Course Unit