Italian Fall 2016

Taught in Italian

ITAL 1010 – Elementary Italian I  

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Prerequisites:  No prior instruction in Italian.  Students with previous experience in Italian must take the Italian placement exam on Monday, August 22.  Students may not self-place in a language course.

Italian 1010 is a four-credit beginning level course designed to provide a thorough foundation in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  Audio-visual material and readings focus on contemporary Italian lifestyle and provide insight into Italy’s vibrant society and rich cultural heritage. Class is conducted in Italian only.

ITAL 2010 – Intermediate Italian I  

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Prerequisites: Passing grade in ITAL 1020 or department permission. Students may not self-place in a language course. Students who did not complete ITAL 1020 are required to take the Italian placement exam on Monday, August 22. All students will submit proof of placement by August 26.

Intermediate Italian is the third class in a four-course sequence, which fulfills the language requirement. However, it is also an occasion for students to further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as deepen their cultural literacy in Italian. You will accomplish these goals, with the guidance of your instructor, through review of grammar, short readings, compositions, and listening and speaking activities. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to songs, comment on works of art, watch commercials and short films, read newspaper articles, and meet natives of Italy in your quest to become more confident and competent users of the Italian language. Much like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument, studying a foreign language requires constant practice. Therefore, class will be conducted in Italian only.

ITAL 3010 – Advanced Italian I  with Adrienne Ward 

MWF 11:00-11:50AM in CAB 032

Prerequisite: ITAL 2020

Includes idiomatic Italian conversation and composition, anthological readings of literary texts in Italian, plus a variety of oral exercises including presentations, skits, and debates. Italian composition is emphasized through writing assignments and selective review of the fine points of grammar and syntax. 

ITAL 3110 – Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces  with Enrico Cesaretti 

TR 12:30-1:45PM in TBA

Prerequisites: ITAL 2020

Intro to Italian Medieval and Renaissance Literature -  This course is an introduction to classic literary works belonging to Italian medieval and renaissance literature. We shall examine around 300 years of Italian cultural and literary history, from Sicilian love poetry to Machiavelli's Prince, and discuss how these texts can still be relevant in our contemporary times.

Taught in English

ITTR 3770 – The Culture of Italian Comedy  with Adrienne Ward 

MWF 12:00-12:50PM in CAB 032

Learn the unique history and characteristics of Italian-style comedy!  Study main strains of Italian comic culture starting with medieval and early modern traditions (theater, poetry, opera, song), then modern expressions of Italian humor in film, short fiction, online periodicals and cartoons. Discover differences in comedic traditions among regions (eg Tuscan vs Neapolitan humor), and learn theories of comedy by Pirandello, Benigni, Eco.  Because a fundamental component of Italian comic culture derives from Tuscan traditions, study of these aspects will make the course especially interesting for students planning to go to or just returned from UVa study abroad programs in Siena and Florence. In ENGLISH.

ITTR 4820 – Italian Pop Culture from the 1960s to the Present with Enrico Cesaretti

TR 11:00am-12:15PM in Ruffner 125

This course is an historical examination of the cultural and socio-political transformations that took place in Italy during its recent history. By discussing different cultural products (film, literature, music, comic books) in the period under consideration and a selection of critical essays dealing with various aspects of Italian culture, we shall (also) reflect on the following questions: does Italy still have space for works that resist populist and consumer culture? What are the ethical and socio-political consequences of Italy’s present cultural condition? How did Italian literature and cinema dealt with the changes brought by modernity?

Undergraduate Courses