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 2020

Additional Course Offerings: See Core Curriculum

THURSDAYS; 4:30 - 7:10 pm
CAC; AB-5050
Paola Gambarota
Our seminar will examine the functions of modern poetry in light of theory. The main goal of this seminar is to refine the skills of textual analysis by reflecting on different interpretive approaches as well as on how T value judgments are formed. We will devote particular attention to ways in which the functions of poetry have been defined within the European historical context and discuss its status within society and academia in more recent times. Poems by D’Annunzio, Marinetti, Ungaretti, Saba, Montale, and Pasolini. Theoretical readings include essays by Simmel, Gramsci, Mallarmé, Heidegger, Adorno, Eagleton. Most texts are available also in English. Knowledge of Italian is preferable but not indispensable. Taught in English.

TUESDAYS; 4:30 - 7:10 pm
CAC; AB-5050
Laura S. White
The course deals with the Italian Literary Baroque within the frame of the Reformation and the Counter Reformation. It will focus mainly on theater, poetry, and the new scientific prose: different "genres" that are closely related by the use of the "metaphor" (as expressed in Emanuele Tesauro's Cannocchiale Aristotelico, the treatise parallel to Boileau's and Gratian's). The political tragedies of Federico Della Valle and Carlo de' Dottori will be examined in the light of the political doctrines and the Aristotelian literary canon of the times. The metaphysical poems of Tommaso Campanella and the lyrics of Giambattista Marino will be discussed with references to similar counterparts in Europe (i.e. John Donne, Gongora), and Galileo's scientific language will be analyzed. The course will stress the intercommunication and the crossing of boundaries among the various art forms in this period in search of the musical, pictorial, and evocative values of the poetic "word". Taught in Italian.

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