Italian Courses - Fall 2021

Italian Fall 2021 Course Descriptions


ROIT 10101 / 10102 / 10110: First-Level Italian             

ROIT 10101 and 10102, Beginning Italian I and II, are the standard first-year language sequence, 4 credits per semester, meeting three hours per week plus one day online.   ROIT 10110, Intensive Beginning Italian, is a computer enhanced six-credit course, combining traditional classroom time and online instruction, to attain the result of ROIT 10101 and 10102 in one semester. It involves independent work by students, a portion of which will be performed online on the textbook Sentieri Vista Higher Learning Supersite. Part of the work will be done in class with your instructor (MWF) and part will be done online on Tuesdays and Thursdays by reading, listening, completing exercises, posting writing assignments and recording your speech on the Supersite. There are two instructors assigned to this course. One will be present in class on MWF, and the other will be following your progress online during the T-Th sessions.  By taking ROIT 10110, you can reach upper-level culture and literature courses after three semesters.

ROIT 20111-01/02 - (ROIT 10102/20201 combined): Beginning/Intermediate Intensive Italian
MWF 9:25 - 10:15
K. Boyle

ROIT 20111 is a six-credit hybrid intensive course that combines second and third semesters of Italian Language study, offering both traditional classroom instruction (MWF for 50 minutes each) and on-line work on the textbook Supersite on T-Th.  If you started in ROIT 10101 and would like to shift to the intensive track of language courses, this course is ideal. ROIT20111 focuses on refining skills in all communicative aspects of Italian: reading, writing, listening and speaking.  By the end of this intensive course, students will be able to better express themselves in Italian, and be culturally aware and engaged users of the language. In lieu of a final exam, at the end of the semester students will create an ePortfolio illustrating their coursework and reflecting on their experience in the course. ROIT 20111 is followed by ROIT 20202.

ROIT 20201 / 20202: Second-Level Italian    

ROIT 20201 and 20202, Intermediate Italian I and II, are the standard second-year language sequence, 3 credits per semester, meeting three hours per week, and incorporating more advanced language skills with cultural topics.  

ROIT 20202 is a fourth-semester Italian course that is designed to develop written and oral communication skills and to prepare students for upper-level courses in the Italian department. Throughout the semester, students will work towards obtaining linguistic fluency while exploring Italian culture through the films of five contemporary well-known directors, including Roberto Benigni, Marco Tullio Giordana, Lina Wertmüller, Marco Bellocchio and Andrea Segre. Each film will be presented in its historical and cultural context, which will provide us with the starting point of our class discussions. Cultural readings and literary excerpts drawing upon the themes of each unit and the themes presented in the films will be provided to supplement our discussion of the film. In lieu of a final exam, at the end of the semester students will add to the ePortfolio created in previous levels (ROIT 20111 or ROIT 20201) to illustrate their coursework in 20202 and reflect on their experience in the course.

ROIT 20300-01 - Let's Talk Italian I     (1.0)    
W 5:30-6:30             
This is a one-credit conversation course meant to accompany your regular classroom study of Italian language, literature, and culture.  It will not review grammar, but allow you the opportunity to practice your Italian with other language students while considering specific aspects of Italian culture.  There will be no written work.  The instructor may send articles or assign brief research assignment or vocabulary preparation prior to class to facilitate discussion.

ROIT 20690-01 -The World in Rome: Pathways of Migration and Citizenship
MW 12:30-1:45    
M. Albahari
How and why do some of the roads taken by migrants (including refugees) lead to Rome and Italy? What are the challenges faced by migrants upon their arrival, and on their path to citizenship? How does civil society intervene to mitigate those challenges, and to facilitate mutual integration and engagement? What are the distinctive features of Roman lay and Catholic approaches to migration? The course addresses such questions, building on contemporary Rome both as a compelling case study and as a gateway to the causes, lived experiences, and consequences of global migrations. Migrants' reception and integration happens at the local level, and in interaction with residents and existing communities. Attention to the realities of the host civil society in therefore fundamental: migration is not an issue that can simply be delegated to experts, bureaucrats, and politicians. Students investigate how the experience of the city is at the same time the experience of globalization, embodied in older and new residents' everyday life in the built environment; and they appreciate situated social engagement and its potentialities.

Taught in English; cross-listed with ANTH 20323, ASIA 20323, IIPS 20504, KSGA 20800.

ROIT 30310-01 - Passage to Italy           
TR 11:00 - 12:15                     
S. Ferri
In this fifth-semester course you will survey the rich panorama of Italian culture from the origins to the present, and learn to analyze and understand works drawn from the major literary and artistic genres (lyric poetry, prose, theatre, epic, novel, film, opera, contemporary song, as well as art and architecture). At the same time, you will review and consolidate your grasp of the Italian language at an advanced level.

Taught in Italian; counts as a Lit-Culture course for the major.  Pre-requisite: ROIT 20202 or 20215 or equivalent. Strongly recommended for majors and supplementary majors. LANG - College Language Req, LIT - Univ.Req. Literature, MESE - European Studies Course. Ways of Knowing Core designations: Advanced Language and Culture; Fine Arts and Literature.

LLRO 30520 / ROIT 30520-01 - Voices from Italy
MW 2:00 - 3:15    
V. Geri
Italian literature and cinema have sought throughout the modern era to give testimony and bear witness to the crises of Italian history and society. This course aims to explore the role of the witness and the function of testimony in the representation of the crises of modern Italian society, including Fascism, the Mafia, and Terrorism. Analyzing literature and cinema that bear witness to the anti-Fascist Resistance, the Holocaust, the victims of Mafia violence, and Terrorist attacks, in this course, you will consider questions such as: Who is the witness of the event? Can a fictional character bear witness? What kind of testimony can the witness provide? Can testimony objectively define the event even as it reflects the subjective position of the witness? What are the meanings and the implications of the witness's narration? What role do we, as readers and viewers, have in the testimonial narrative? Together we will reflect on the political, social, and ethical implications of testimony in the modern age. Among the texts and films we will consider in this course are works by Marco Bellocchio, Italy Calvino, Giacomo Debenedetti, Marco Tullio Giordana, Ada Gobetti, Liana Millu, Carlo Levi, Primo Levi, Leonardo Sciascia, and Michele Soavi. Taught in English.

Ways of Knowing Core designations: Fine Arts and Literature.

ROIT 30711-01 - Medieval / Renaissance Literature and Culture
MW 11:00-12:15          
D. Lummus
This course helps you to understand and interpret some of the most important works of medieval and Renaissance Italian literature, in their historical, social, and cultural context. The main aim is to learn to analyze major texts by writers such as Cavalcanti, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Saint Catherine of Siena, Poliziano, Machiavelli, Stampa, Colonna, Ariosto, and Tasso. Time will also be dedicated to appreciating key works of art and architecture by artists such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Gentileschi, and Bernini, and to understanding the principal elements of cultural, political, and social transformation in Italy during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Taught in Italian, the linguistic aims of the course include increasing proficiency in speaking, reading and listening comprehension, and writing in Italian.

Counts as a Lit-Culture course; required for majors and supplementary majors in the Lit Culture concentration; this course or ROIT 30721 required for majors in the Italian Studies concentration. Cross-listed with MI 30577, MI 60577 and ROIT63711. LANG - College Language Req, LIT - Univ.Req. Literature, MESE - European Studies Course. Ways of Knowing Core designations: Advanced Language and Culture; Fine Arts and Literature.

ROIT 40115-01 - Dante I - Dante's Hell: Instructions for Use
TR 2:00 - 3:15      
T. Cachey
Dante's Comedy is one of the supreme poetic achievements in Western literature. It is a probing synthesis of the entire Western cultural and philosophical tradition that produced it, a radical experiment in poetics and poetic technique, and a profound exploration of Christian spirituality.  Dante I and Dante II are an in-depth study, over two semesters, of the entire Comedy, in its historical, philosophical and literary context. Dante I focuses on the Inferno and the works that precede the Comedy (Vita Nova, Convivio, De vulgari eloquentia); Dante II focuses on the Purgatorio and Paradiso, along with the Monarchia.  Students may take just one of Dante I and II or both, in either order. Lectures and discussion in English; the text will be read in a facing-page translation, so we can refer to the Italian (but knowledge of Italian is not necessary).

Counts as an Italian Studies course for the Italian major, secondary major, and minor. Students with Italian have the option of also enrolling in a one-credit pass/fail Languages Across the Curriculum section, which will meet one hour per week to read and discuss selected passages or cantos in Italian. LIT - Univ. Req. Literature. Cross-listed with LLRO 40145, MI 40552, PRL 40115. Ways of Knowing Core designations: Catholicism and the Disciplines; Fine Arts and Literature.

ROIT 53000-01 - This is Italy: Four Masterpieces in Context (Italian Seminar)
MW 12:30-1:45
C. Leavitt
Four masterpieces in four genres (short story, play, opera, film) from four centuries (medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, modern), in their historical / cultural context.  While exploring these works, you develop your own research project / paper on anything Italian, from any era.  The course will guide you in the entire process of doing research and preparing a scholarly paper or thesis.

Required for anyone writing an ROIT Senior or Honors Thesis, but open to anyone who meets the prerequisite.  Taught in Italian, but Italian Studies majors or Minors have the option of writing in English.  Pre-requisite:  two 30000 or 40000 level courses taught in Italian. Counts as a Lit-Culture course; required for the Lit-Culture Major or Supplementary Major. Ways of Knowing Core designations: Advanced Language and Culture.



ROIT 63010-01 - Introduction to Advanced Studies in Italian         
Italian Studies faculty  
A two-semester course, meeting one hour a week, co-taught by all the Italian T&R faculty. The course will ensure a solid foundation in the precise analysis of literary texts and other cultural artifacts in the context of Italian Studies, including a survey of metrics, rhetorical figures, narrative techniques, and film analysis. It will also provide an introduction to key terms and forms of critical and literary theory, and develop the skills necessary to pursue advanced independent research projects, including familiarity with bibliographic resources and research methods. During the course of the year students will also review a university-level manual/anthology of Italian literature. Required in their first year of all Master's and Doctoral candidates specializing in Italian. Passing the final exam of this course is a prerequisite for continuing studies in Italian.

ROIT 63118-01 - Boccaccio
W 3:30-6:15          
D. Lummus

A textual analysis of the Decameron, with emphasis on structure, poetics, and social, ehtical, and political questions. Different critical approaches will be used in the analysis of individual tales, their relationships to the frame and their engagement with Boccaccio's society. Alongside the Decameron, the course will address other works by Boccaccio, such as The Corbaccio and The Genealogy of the Pagan Gods. The course will be conducted in English. Reading knowledge of Italian is recommended. Cross-listed with MI 63563-01.

ROIT 63780-01 - After the Flood: Postwar Italy
M 3:30-6:15      
C. Leavitt
This class explores the discourses of recovery, reconstruction, and redemption in postwar Italian culture. Through the analysis of Italian literature, cinema, theatre, and art, we will consider issues including the Allied occupation, the return of prisoners of war and survivors of the Holocaust, the Resistance and its mythology, and the continuity of conflict after the war. The questions we will investigate include: How do you rebuild a country? How do you remake a culture, an identity, a society? What is the role of art in a moment of public reckoning and national reconstruction?