The prerequisite for the following courses (when taught in Italian) is Advanced Review of Modern Italian (ITAL-UA 30) or permission of the instructor. There are no prerequisites for courses taught in English.
The Renaissance (ITAL-UA 121)
Identical to HIST-UA 121 and MEDI-UA 121. Offered every two to three years. Appuhn. 4 points.
From its origins in the 14th century to its waning at the end of the 16th century. Focuses on developments in Italy, especially the development of republican city-states, the social basis for the explosion in artistic and intellectual production, and the emergence of new forms of political and scientific analysis.
The Courtesan in Italian Renaissance Society and Culture (ITAL-UA 142)
Offered every two to three years. Cox. 4 points. Examines the “honest courtesan” or cortigiana onesta. Contextualizes courtesans’ social position and cultural status, embracing elements of social history, literary history, and music and art history. Texts include representations of courtesans, such as the notorious dialogues of Pietro Aretino, and writings by courtesan poets, such as Tullia d’Aragona and Veronica Franco.
Machiavelli (ITAL-UA 147)
Identical to MEDI-UA 147 and HIST-UA 123. Offered every other year. Albertini. 4 points.The inventor of modern political science, Niccolo Machiavelli is one of the most original thinkers in the history of Western civilization. Machiavelli’s political, historical, and theatrical works are read in the context in which they were conceived—the much tormented and exciting Florence of the 15th and early 16th centuries, struggling between republican rule and the magnificent tyranny of the Medici family.
Giordano Bruno and the Art of Memory (ITAL-UA 148)
Identical to HIST-UA 126 and MEDI-UA 148. Offered every two to three years. Cipani. 4 points. Memory devices reached a peak of refinement during the Italian Renaissance; they aimed to organize knowledge and were intended as tools for creative output. Examines their impact on the literary production of the time, highlighting the interdependence between textual and visual codes. Focuses on the heretic philosopher and cosmologist Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake by the Roman Inquisition in 1600, who conceived his imposing mnemonic system as an inner mirror of the infinite universe.
Dante and His World (ITAL-UA 160)
Identical to MEDI-UA 801, ENGL-UA 143. Offered every two to three years. Ardizzone. 4 points. Interdisciplinary introduction (in English) to late medieval culture. The literature, art, and music, as well as political, religious, and social developments of the time. Emphasizes the classical background of medieval culture and its transmission to the modern world. Readings include: selections from Dante, St. Augustine, Boethius, St. Francis , Brunetto Latini, Thomas Aquinas, and Boccaccio.
Italian Colonialism (ITAL-UA 164)
Identical to HIST-UA 204 and EURO-UA 161. Offered every two to three years. Ben-Ghiat. 4 points. From the late 19th century through decolonization. Uses colonial travel literature, films, novels, diaries, memoirs, and histories to address the meaning of colonialism within Italian history and culture, the specificities of Italian colonialism, and the legacies of colonialism in contemporary Italy.
Italian Fascism (ITAL-UA 165)
Offered every two to three years. Ben-Ghiat. 4 points. An interdisciplinary examination of the cultural production of the fascist period. Students examine the image that the fascist regime produced of itself through the study of popular novels, architecture, film, and political speeches.
Contemporary Italy (ITAL-UA 166)
Identical to EURO-UA 164. Offered every two to three years. Albertini, Ben-Ghiat. 4 points. The political, cultural, economic, and social history of Italy since World War II. Topics: the transition to democracy, the Cold War, social and political movements of the late 1960s and 1970s, the battle against the Mafia, postwar emigration, the rise and fall of postwar Christian Democracy and Italian communism, and the emergence of new political parties.
Modern Italy (ITAL-UA 168)
Identical to EURO-UA 163, HIST-UA 168. Offered every two to three years. Ben-Ghiat, Merjian. 4 points. A survey of Italian history from unification to the present. Examines the political, social, and cultural history of liberalism, fascism, World War II, Christian Democracy, and communism; the political crisis of the early 1990s; and the rise of new regional and rightist parties.
Topics in Renaissance Culture (ITAL-UA 172)
ffered every semester. 4 points. Topics vary.
Topics in Italian Culture (ITAL-UA 173)
Offered every semester. 4 points. Topics vary.
Italian Films, Italian Histories I (ITAL-UA 174)
Identical to DRLIT-UA 503. May be taken independently of Italian Films, Italian Histories II. Offered every two to three years. Albertini. 4 points.
Studies representations of Italian history from ancient Rome to the Risorgimento through the medium of film. The use of filmic history as a means of forging national identity.
Italian Films, Italian Histories II (ITAL-UA 175)
Identical to DRLIT-UA 506 and HIST-UA 176. May be taken independently of Italian Films, Italian Histories I. Offered every two to three years. Ben-Ghiat. 4 points.
Studies representations of Italian history from the unification of Italy to the present through the medium of film. Explores the possibilities and limitations of feature films for the representation of history and asks: what happens when history becomes cinema and when cinema takes on history?
Topics in Italian American Culture (ITAL-UA 861)
Offered every two years. 4 points. Topics vary.