Students are expected to acquire the basic knowledge of the written and spoken structures.Students are expected to read and comprehend short passages in Italian and to draft simple compositions / dialogues.Some of Italy's major film directors will be considered, such as Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Antonioni, the Taviani brothers, Scola.
The course provides a review and expansion of command of Italian grammar, vocabulary, and culture.
By the end of the course students will achieve proficiency at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Whenever possible, the written assignments will be designed to foster practical communication skills and encourage efforts towards increased student integration in the local Italian-speaking community.
This course is designed for students who have completed one semester of Italian language study.
The course introduces the student to the development of Italian cinema through close study of the relationship between Italian literature and film adaptation.
The selected books and films will offer a unique opportunity to analyze and discuss crucial issues related to the historical, political, and cultural evolution of Italy from its Unification to the present.The land and the people of Italy and the Italian-speaking world: historical, social and cultural evolution; major developments in the arts (literature, music, opera, figurative arts, theater, cinema,; television, digital cultures, and new technologies) as these relate to enduring questions related to linguistic and political unity, immigration and emigration, race, class, gender and sexuality.Aspects of contemporary Italy are also covered Aspects of political, social and cultural history of twentieth century Italy are studied through documentaries and some of the major accomplishments of Italian cinema. Most of the films are in Italian (some with English subtitles).While analyzing the transformation of the short story throughout the centuries, students will use their creative writing as a means to travel, figuratively, into foreign landscapes; to experiment, literally, with foreign concepts and forms.Student travelers will discover key questions in Italian cultural history such as the Italian search for a common linguistic identity or the struggle for political unification.By the end of the course students will achieve proficiency at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.Students will be expected to be proficient in the written and spoken usage of basic linguistic structures.They will be able to: a) understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization; b) produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.For students who have completed at least two years of college-level language studies or the equivalent.Among the adaptations we will be looking at will be: Antonio Fogazzaro's Malombra as interpreted by Carmine Gallone (1917) and Mario Soldati (1942), Luchino Visconti's 1963 rendering of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Vittorio De Sica's 1970 adaptation of Giorgio Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi-Contini, Alberto Moravia's The Conformist, as adapted by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970), Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron, adapted by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1971).A module dedicated to Italian-American cinema (Capra, Scorsese, Coppola, Tarantino) offers a means for comparative study of two related but contrasting traditions in filmmaking.