Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
New Cabell Hall 459
1605 Jefferson Park AveCharlottesville, Virginia 22904
Topics include idiomatic Italian conversation and composition, anthological readings and discussions in Italian of literary texts from the past four centuries of Italian literature (from Tasso to the present), selective review of the fine points of grammar and syntax, the elements of essay writing to Italian. Prerequisite: ITAL 2020
Introduction to relevant Italian medieval and renaissance literary works. Prerequisites: ITAL 2020
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics with the subject of Italian in Translation.
Novella (Italian Short Narrative)
This course aims to examine the Anglo-American love affair with Tuscany/Florence, and deepen students' understanding of it by providing richer, more complex knowledge of the region and its culture. The class will simultaneously explore notions of utopia and dystopia, against the background and actual lived experience of this sought-after destination.
This course focuses on the potential narratives have to convey messages that are relevant to our ethical and environmental awareness, and to help us imagine alternatives to existing systems of knowledge and distributions of power. We shall learn about the origins and general objectives of ecocriticism, its relevant theories and methodologies, and various approaches to the notion of sustainability.
This course examines the cultural and socio-political transformations that took place in Italy during its recent history. By discussing different cultural artifacts (films, essays, literature), we shall ultimately try to answer the following questions : does Italy still have space for works that resist populist and consumer culture? What are the ethical and political consequences of Italy's present culutral condition? Is there an Italian identity?