Italian Studies

Course Offerings

CINE 262 383 History of European Cinema

This course presents an overview of European cinema in its relationship with visual arts. We will explore different genres, auteurs and periods in European cinema, from the French avant-gardes to Federico Fellini, from documentaries on art to Derek Jarman, from Jean-Luc Godard to Pier Paolo Pasolini, analyzing how cinema intertwines with painting, architecture, photography, drawing, etc., aiming at tracing the different typologies of the relationship cinema/visual arts, from an historical as well as a theoretical point of view. The films are in original language with English subtitles.

Credits – 3 : Offered – Fall, Spring
Prerequisite – none

CLTR 330 Food, Culture and Society in Italy

In this course we will examine the relationship between food and culture in Italy through a variety of readings, discussions, field trips and tasting experiences. We will look at food in its social and cultural context from a multi-disciplinary approach- history, anthropology, sociology, and geography. The class will begin with a theoretical overview and then trace the historical evolution of Italian Foodways in time and space focusing on the many external influences which over the centuries have shaped the use of different food products, preparation methods, consumption patterns, i.e. the Italian approach towards food. We will emphasize how this specific national cuisine relates to history, geography, culture and society. During the term, the class will visit various food production sites.

Credits – 3 : Offered – Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite –none

LIT 330 Creative Writing

In this course we will explore the process of transforming both memory and immediate sensory impressions into lucid, engaging works of creative non-fiction, focusing primarily on the Italian experience. We will read from a cross-section of writers writing about Italy and will generate our own writing through a series of exercises designed to help the writer tap into fresh levels of awareness and creative energy. Throughout the semester, the techniques of writing—syntax, grammar, diction, punctuation, and so on, will be discussed in relation to student work. At the end of the term, select writings will be gathered in a course literary anthology.

Credits – 3 : Offered – Fall, Spring, Summer
Prerequisite – none

LIT 376 14th Century Italian Literature

Students will read and study portions of the major literary works of three of the most influential and important poets in Italian Literature, Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarca. These works will be read in translation and students will focus on the recurring theme of the “literary journey”. The historical, political and philosophic influences will be discussed in-depth and students will gain a perspective on the political, literary, philosophical, and theological dimensions of the concept of love in medieval European culture. An interdisciplinary approach will be adopted in all aspects of the course through screening of films, visits to relevant locations, and the borrowing of topics and texts from other disciplines.

Credits – 3 : Offered – Fall, Spring
Prerequisite – none