Studies in Italian Culture
ITAL-GA 1981 Faculty. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Variable content course. Recent topics: social and cultural studies (Forgacs); Nietzsche in Italy and France (Merjian); diversity and otherness in contemporary Italy (Forgacs); Pasolini and a politics of art (Merjian); film and urban space in Italy (Forgacs); Florentine Culture, 1250-1600 (Cox); Language and Politics in Italy from the Renaissance to Berlusconi (Cox and Ben-Ghiat).
Topics in Italian American Culture
ITAL-GA 2165 Faculty. 4 points. 2016-17
Topics range from sociology of immigration to anthropology of ethnic identity, and from Italian American fiction to the contribution of Italian Americans to the visual and performing arts.
Topics in Italian Literature
ITAL-GA 2192 Faculty. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Variable content course. Recent topics: pastoral and peasants in Italian culture (Tylus); gender and writing in Renaissance Italy (Cox); love and magic, words and images in Orlando Furioso and 16th-century culture (Bolzoni).
Guided Individual Reading
ITAL-GA 2891 Faculty. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Ph.D. Exam Preparation Seminar
ITAL-GA 3020 Forgacs, Ardizzone. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
This course comprises a series of student-led seminars under the direction of the Director of Graduate Studies, intended to prepare students for their Ph.D. exam.
Research Preparation in Italian Studies
ITAL-GA 3030 Faculty. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
This course is designed to introduce students in the Ph.D. program to independent research in preparation for their concentrated work on the dissertation. It is a required course for students in their last semester of course work.
ITAL-GA 2311 Ardizzone. 4 points. 2016-17
This course proposes a reading of Dante’s Commedia considered in light of the theological, philosophical and rhetorical learning of Dante’s time.
Dante and Medieval Thought
ITAL-GA 2314 Ardizzone. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Dante’s minor works and, in particular, Vita Nova, Convivio, and De Vulgari eloquentia, read in light of the philosophical-theological debate of the time. Focus is on intellectual history, medieval theory of knowledge, intelligence, and speculation from the Pseudo-Dyonisius to Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Sigier of Brabant and Bonaventure.
Studies in Medieval Culture
ITAL-GA 2389 Ardizzone, Vise. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Variable content course. Recent topics: bodies, passion, and knowledge; Stilnovisti: poetry and ntellectual history; politics, poetics, and imagination in 13th-century poetry: from the Sicilian School to Cino da Pistoia; Dante, the Prose Works as an Intellectual Autobiography.
The Arts of Eloquence in Medieval and Early Modern Italy
ITAL-GA 2588 Cox. 4 points. 2016-17
Recent scholarship in medieval and early modern culture has increasingly stressed the centrality of the study of rhetoric in these periods and the range of its influence, not simply on literature but on everything from art, music, and architecture to political thought. This course serves as an introduction to medieval and early modern rhetoric in Italy, conceived of broadly as a global art of persuasive discourse, spanning both verbal and nonverbal uses.
Studies in Renaissance Literature
ITAL-GA 2589 Cox, Bolzoni, Tylus. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Variable content course. Recent topics: The Italian Lyric Tradition from Petrarch to Marino (Tylus); art and literature, poetry and portrait in Italian Renaissance (Bolzoni); the literature of pilgrimage in early modern Italy (Tylus) 2014-15.
The Courtesan in Early Modern Italian Society and Culture
ITAL-GA 2590 Cox. 4 points. 2016-17
Examines the figure of the so-called cortigiana onesta within 16th- to 17th-century Italian culture, with a particular focus on the role courtesans played within the literary culture of the period, both as authors and as the subject of literary works. Also pays some attention to representations of courtesans within the visual arts and to their role within the musical culture of the time and in the early history of Italian theatre.
Studies in Early Modern Literature
ITAL-GA 2689 Cox, Tylus. 4 points. Variable content course. Recent topics: Studies in Translation (Tylus). 2016-17
Seminar on Dante
ITAL-GA 3142 Ardizzone. 4 points. 22015-16, 2016-17
This course proposes a reading of Dante’s Commedia and prose works.
19th and 20th Centuries
ITAL-GA 1980 Ben-Ghiat. 4 points. 2016-17
This course examines the Neorealist movement in cinema and literature that swept Italian culture just after World War Two. We will explore the varieties of Neorealist styles and ideologies, Neorealisms, cultural and political context (Reconstruction, the Cold War, the legacies of fascism, war trauma), and its influence in later Italian culture and film.
ITAL-GA 2972 Ben-Ghiat. 4 points. 2015-16.
Explores Italian colonialism from the late 19th century through decolonization. Through readings of colonial travel literature, novels, films, diaries, memoirs, and other texts, students address the meaning of colonialism within Italian history and culture, the specificities of the Italian colonial case within broader trends of European imperialism, and the legacies of colonialism in contemporary Italy.
20th-Century Italian Poetry
ITAL-GA 2984 Ardizzone. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Reading and analysis of major poetic texts of the century until contemporary poetry. Principal authors: D’Annunzio, Pascoli, Luzi, Montale, Saba, Sereni, Ungaretti, Zanzotto. Focus is on movements such as symbolism, decadentism, ermetism, as well as the discourse of the avant-garde.
Studies in 20th-Century Literature
ITAL-GA 2989 Variable content course. Staff. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17