Italian Courses - Fall


The Italian Language Program offers the possibility of completing all MAT course requirements in Italian in three consecutive summers, or of earning credit for professional development or continuing education. The Program is designed for individuals already teaching Italian, but also is open to prospective teachers at the K-12 school level. Credits acquired through the Italian Language Program may be accepted for state certification. While not mandatory, teachers are invited to apply for the MAT after the successful completion of two Italian courses in the World Languages Institute. Details of the MAT program are available at the Department of Italian or its web site at

FALL 2017

Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum

MONDAYS; 4:30 - 7:10 PM
CAC; AB-5050
Alessandro Vettori
The purpose of this course is the investigation of Dante’s opus in relation to other poets, philosophers, and theologians that had deep influences on his writing. Although only two of his major works will be read in their entirety, the Divine Comedy and the Vita nova, constant references will be made to other writings. Besides a stylistic and formal analysis, numerous thematic strains will be researched and followed throughout Dante’s production. Particular attention will be paid to such concepts as allegory, poetic auto-interpretation, autobiography, and the ever-changing concept of love.
THURSDAYS; 4:30 - 7:10 PM
CAC; AB-5050
Andrea Baldi
The course aims at providing graduate students in Italian with a broad knowledge of some of the foremost issues concerning women’s writing in relation to the Italian context. For a long time such questions have been conveniently forgotten or evaded (i.e. repressed and erased) in literary and critical debates, and most of these women writers are still excluded from the canon. Only in recent years the relevance and specificity of this production have come to the fore, in both the American and the Italian intellectual arenas, thus provoking an insightful and thorough critical inquiry. The result of this body of research has been the reappraisal and an enriched understanding of pivotal works, whose novelty and peculiarity had been ignored because of the imposition of inadequate criteria of evaluation, in an attempt at realigning or silencing these autonomous and disturbing voices. The course will address questions about the specificity of women’s writing, about women’s writing and difference, and about women’s writing as difference. As writing by women is often marked by the writers’ specific experiences as women -- with a penchant toward autobiographical models --, we will also tackle the cultural and social conflicts these works denounce and discuss. Our primary concern will be to explore a historically specific sense of difference by examining the ways in which these forms of nineteenth and twentieth century women’s writing thematize, analyze, and articulate difference. The progression of these issues along chronological lines will allow a look at different forms of écriture féminine and reveal an increasing awareness of the status of women as writers.

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