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1001 Basic Italian I (4) Staff
  Handling the immediate context of daily experience in spoken and written Italian: identifying, describing, and characterizing people, objects, places, and events; giving information and instructions; issuing simple commands and requests. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
1002 Basic Italian II (4) Staff
  Speaking and writing in Italian about past and future events: telling a story (narrating and describing in the past), promising, predicting, and proposing simple hypotheses and conjectures. Prerequisite: Ital 1001 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
1003 Intermediate Italian I (3) Staff
  Increasing active vocabulary, reinforcing mastery of basic grammar, dealing with more complex structures (verbal phrases, subordinate clauses), and using some patterns of indirect speech (repeating or relaying messages, giving reports, summarizing). Prerequisite: Ital 1002 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
1004 Intermediate Italian II (3) Staff
  Consolidation and further expansion of the ability to understand as well as produce a more complex level of oral and written discourse emphasizing subjective expression: issuing indirect commands and requests; giving opinions; making proposals, building arguments; defending and criticizing ideas. Prerequisite: Ital 1003 or equivalent. Laboratory fee. (Fall and spring)
2005 Language, Culture, and Society I (3) Staff
  Development of strong conversational skills and the rudiments of expository writing. The vocabulary and structures necessary to move from handling everyday experience and subjective expression to the exposition of more abstract thought and ideas and discussion of political, social, and cultural issues. Prerequisite: Ital 1004. Laboratory fee.
2006 Language, Culture, and Society II (3) Staff
  Continued expansion of the range and complexity of conversational skills and further development of the writing of effective expository prose on a broad range of subjects. Short literary texts serve as the basis for oral discussion, analytical reading, and writing brief critical essays. Prerequisite: Ital 2005. Laboratory fee.
3010 Advanced Italian Grammar and Style (3) Staff
  Compositions, drills, dictations. Translations into Italian. Study of vocabulary and syntax with emphasis on stylistic devices. Prerequisite: Ital 2006. (Fall)
3100 Introduction to Italian Literature (3) Westwater
  Readings, textual analysis, and writing on a broad selection of texts from different genres and periods. Emphasis on study of Italian literature in its cultural context. Close reading approach and introduction to literary vocabulary. Prerequisite: Ital 2006 or equivalent. (Fall)
3201 History of Italian Literature from the Middle Ages Through the 17th Century (3) Westwater
  Lecture and discussion in Italian. Development of genre and movements. Selected readings across these periods plus reading of complete texts of epics, essays, novels, and plays. Prerequisite: Ital 2006 or equivalent. (Fall)
3202 History of Italian Literature from the 18th Through the 20th Century (3) Westwater
  Lecture and discussion in Italian. Philosophical and literary movements of the modern period. Selected readings across the period plus the reading of complete texts of novels and drama. Prerequisite: Ital 2006 or equivalent. (Spring)
3290 Textual Analysis (3) Westwater
  Close examination of critical methods and vocabulary used in literary study as applied to Italian Literature. Attention to linguistic and stylistic difficulties in textual analysis. Prerequisite: Ital 3100 or equivalent. (Spring)
3300 Italian Literature and Culture in Translation (3) Westwater
  Dynamics of Italian-speaking societies and their cultures studied through literature, art, or film. Topics vary. Readings and lectures in English. The course may be repeated for credit. A laboratory fee may be required. (Fall)
3600 Special Topics in Italian Literature and Culture (3) Westwater and Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.
4131 Topics in Modern Italian Literature (3) Westwater
  Key aspects of modern Italian literature in historical, cultural, and political context. Major authors and literary movements studied in terms of a particular theme that may vary from year to year. Prerequisite: Ital 3100 or equivalent.
4183 History of Italian Film (3) Westwater
  Study of Italian films, directors, and styles, with films examined as aesthetic objects in their own right and in relation to the wider social and cultural environment. The verbal and visual language necessary for decoding and describing film. The course is conducted in English.
4380 Italian Journeys Medieval to Postmodern (3) Westwater
  Italy’s dual role as the home of legendary travelers and the destination for an endless stream of tourists. The reality and metaphor of travel viewed through travel diaries, ship logs, letters to patrons, maps, travel guides, poetry, and film.
4500 Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Literature (3) Westwater
  Works by Dante, Petrarca, and Boccaccio. Emphasis on structure, rhetorical features, and problems of narrative organization. Specific attention to historical and ideological aspects of the works as well as to cultural influence. Prerequisite: Ital 3290 or equivalent.
4560 The Italian Novel (3) Westwater and Staff
  A reading of the most important Italian novelists of the 19th and the 20th centuries: Manzoni, Verga, Bassani, Calvino, Eco, Sanguinetti. Study of the relations of each work to its social and cultural context and to the novel as a genre. Prerequisite: Ital 3290 or equivalent.
4800 Independent Study (arr.) Staff
  Admission by permission of department chair and instructor. May be repeated for credit.

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