Fall 2017 Undergraduate Courses

Culture & Society/Advanced Literature Courses

Please note that the below courses satisfy the culture & society and/or advanced literature requirements for the major/minor in Italian Studies, the major in Italian and Linguistics, and the major in Romance Languages.  Please contact Melissa Alexander at ma4542@nyu.edu for more information


ITAL UA 173:  20th Century Italian Poetry (Cross-listed with English & MARC)
During the course the great themes of 20th century intellectual-artistic debate will be confronted and much attention will be devoted to Montale’s theoretical and critical writings. The seminar will be conducted in Italian.
Professor Maria Luisa Ardizzone
Mondays, 3:30 – 6:10 p.m.

Casa Library

ITAL UA 161/ITAL GA 2311  Divine Comedy:  Part II Purgatorio (Canti 17-33) & Paradiso  (Cross-listed with English & MARC)

We will investigate Dante’s text focusing on theories of poetics and rhetoric, philosophy, law, art, and theology. The course will be conducted in English.
Professor Maria Luisa Ardizzone

Wednesdays, 3:30 – 6:10 p.m.

Casa Library

Freshman Seminar: Italian Fascism

We address the relationship between culture and politics, public and private; Fascist biopolitics; anti-Fascism; fascist colonialism and racism; the cult of Mussolini; and Fascist-era feminities and masculinities.
Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Tuesdays, 2 – 4:45 p.m.

ITAL UA 285: Narrating the Mediterranean (Cross-listed with European Studies, English & Comp. Lit)
The Mediterranean has become a place of death and violence, in short an open cemetery. We will explore different narratives of the Mediterranean by using movies, documentaries, novels and articles.
Professor Amara Lakhous

Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Casa Room 306

ITAL CORE UA 400: Texts and Ideas, Topics: Sex and the City

Our notions of romance originated in the medieval phenomenon sometimes called “courtly love,” a usually illicit and often fatal passion between unequals, such as a queen and a knight, at a feudal court. This course will follow the thread of sex and the city from ancient texts (Plato’s Symposium, Aristotle’s Politics, Terence’s Andria, Ovid’s Art of Love, and Augustine’s Confessions and City of God) to the noble Parisian prostitute of Verdi’s Traviata, an urban sex-worker with a Platonic idea of self-sacrificing love.
Professor Alison Cornish

Tues & Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Casa Auditorium

ITAL UA 147 Machiavelli (Cross-listed with European Studies, History & MARC)
In this course, Machiavelli's political, historical, and theatrical works are read in the context in which they were conceived.
Professor Stefano Albertini
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Casa Library

ITAL UA 121 The Renaissance (Cross-listed with English)
The course will concentrate on developments in Italy, especially on the political and family structures of the city-states,
the culture of the princely courts, the ambitions of the Roman popes, the social and intellectual basis for artistic creativity, and new forms of political, religious, and scientific thought.
Professor Clement Godbarge

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Casa Room 306

ITAL UA 260 Language, Culture & Identity in Italy
What we call the Italian language today—the Italian of newspapers and television, of Italian language tuition, of street signs, of the Italian parliament—is only one variant among many languages spoken within the Italian peninsula throughout its history. Local dialects and regional variants of Italian continue to have a significant cultural role in literature, music and cinema. The rich linguistic map of Italy is not an exceptional case, and the same interplay between one standard literary language and several non-standard dialects is found in many other countries around the world, including, to an extent, English-speaking countries. In this course students will be encouraged to provide examples from their linguistic background, and to become aware of the socio-linguistic norms of their own community.  This course is taught in English.
Professor Nicola Cipani

Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (2 credit course)

Casa Library

ITAL UA 172:  Sounds of Italy
This course will acquaint students with a variety of sound artifacts and sound related texts, grouped around topics significant for Italy’s auditory culture between WWI and the 70s — between the early noise machines of the Futurists and the experiments of maverick singer Demetrio Stratos. The course will touch upon issues such as the relationship between music and other arts; the development of Italian media; the voice of Mussolini and Fascist sound politics; the discussion on technology for sound production/ consumption in Italian cultural circles; the survival of (largely non-textual) oral-aural art forms. One of the larger goals of this course is to show how sound as a common sensory framework can impact the construction of shared social experiences.
Note: No Italian is required for this course. English transcripts will be provided for sound files in Italian. Each lesson will include a listening part with sound samples and a class discussion based on required listenings/readings.
Professor Nicola Cipani

Mondays, 12:30 - 3:10 p.m.

Casa Library

CORE UA 554:  Cultures & Contexts:  Italy
We examine how movements of people, both out of and into Italy, have involved a remaking of collective identities. Finally, we turn to international relations and changing perceptions of Italy on the world stage as a result of foreign policies, wars, and entry into the European Union
Professor David Forgacs

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2 – 3:15 p.m.

Casa Auditorium

ITAL UA 999 Senior Honors Seminar
(Cross-listed with Hellenic Studies, MARC, German  & Middle Eastern Studies)
This collective, interdepartmental course lends practical, methodological, and strategic support to the writing of the Senior Honors Thesis.  We will read theoretical works on the process of research and the craft of academic writing, as well as short scholarly texts, upon which we will exercise our own critical readings and analyses.  
Professor Ara Merjian

Wednesdays, 9:30: - 12:15 p.m.

Casa Library