Italian Literary and Cultural Studies (ILCS)

Department Head: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

Consult the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Departmental listing in this Catalog for requirements for Majors in Italian Literary and Cultural Studies.

Consult the Departmental Handbook for courses offered in the appropriate semesters and further description of these courses.

Note: All courses noted as taught in English cannot be used to satisfy the foreign language requirement.

1101. The Italian Renaissance

Three credits. A knowledge of Italian is not required. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

A survey of Italian Renaissance civilization, with emphasis on literature and intellectual life. CA 1.

1145-1146. Elementary Italian I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of Italian in high school. Students who wish to continue in Italian but feel ill prepared should contact the head of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department.

Elementary Italian grammar. Drill in pronunciation. Reading of simple texts. Practice in easy conversation.

1147-1148. Intermediate Italian I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Prerequisite: ILCS 1146 or equivalent.

Review of elementary Italian grammar. Graded composition and translation. Intensive and extensive reading. Oral practice in the language.

1149. Cinema and Society in Contemporary Italy

Three credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Films in Italian with English subtitles.

A critical analysis of contemporary Italian society seen through the media of film and literature. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1158. Italian American Experience in Literature and Film

Three credits. Three class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period.

Focuses on the Italian American experience as represented in a variety of fields, including literature and cinema. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

1160. Culture of Fascist Italy

Three credits.

The way Italian literary and cinematic culture justified, survived, and fought the terrors of the Fascist totalitarian regime. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1170. Introducing Italy through Its Regions

Three credits. Taught in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement. May be repeated for credit with a change of subject matter for a maximum of nine credits.

The diverse culture of Italy, studied through analysis of sociological, literary, artistic, and cinematic works from and about a single one of the different Italian regions and that region’s cultural centers, such as Rome, Naples, Florence, Palermo, or Venice. CA 1.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally before the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3237. Italy Today

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148.

A survey of contemporary Italian political, social, economic and cultural life.

3239. Italian Composition and Conversation I

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent.

Practice in written and oral composition. Syntax study.

3240. Italian Composition and Conversation II

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 3239 or equivalent.

Further practice in written and oral composition. Treatment of the finer points in syntax.

3243. Main Currents of Italian Literature Through the Renaissance

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent.

The history of Italian literature through the Renaissance is traced through its main developments. Acquaints the student with the principal authors, literary schools and trends.

3244. Main Currents of Italian Literature After the Renaissance

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent.

The history of Italian literature after the Renaissance is traced through its main developments. The aim of the course is to acquaint the student with the principal authors, literary schools and trends.

3245. Italian Literature and the City

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent. Bouchard

Survey of Italian literature through the changing images of Italian cities.

3246. Italian Women Writers

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent. Bouchard.

Survey of Italy’s women writers from the early modern period to the present. Developments of Italian feminism and gender issues.

3247. Jewish Literature and Film in 20th Century Italy

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or equivalent.

Italy’s literary and cinematic representations of Jews in the 20th Century. Jewish identity under Fascism, during World War II, and beyond. Taught in Italian.

3250. Italian Theatre of the Eighteenth Century

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Readings from Metastasio, Goldoni, and Alfieri.

3251. Machiavelli, Michelangelo and Renaissance Literature

Three credits each semester. Prerequisite: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Selected readings from the works of Poliziano, Leonardo da Vinci, Lorenzo de’Medici, Michelangelo, Ariosto, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Tasso, and others.

3253. Dante and His Time

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Selected readings from Dante, Petrarch, Compagni, and Villani.

3254. Boccaccio and His Time

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3243 or equivalent.

Readings from Boccaccio and others with special attention to the problems of social and sexual ethics.

3255W. Dante’s Divine Comedy in English Translation

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Masciandaro

Dante’s poem as a unique synthesis of Medieval culture. Emphasizes its integration of ethics, political thought, and theology with poetic imagination. Taught in English. CA 1.

3256. The Literature of the Italian Renaissance

Three credits. Not open to students who have passed ILCS 32513252.

A survey, in English, of the major literary and philosophical currents of the Italian Renaissance. Selections from Boccaccio, Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Castiglione, and others. Taught in English.

3258W. Cinematic Representations of Italian Americans

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Cinematic representations of Italian Americans in the works of major directors from the silent era to the present. Construction of and attempts to dislodge negative stereotypes of Italian American male and female immigrants. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4.

3259. Topics in Italian Cinema

Three credits. One 3-hour class period and one 2-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148.

Major topics in modern and contemporary Italian cinema. Taught in Italian.

3260W. Italian Cinema

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Two class periods and one 2-hour laboratory period. Films in Italian with English subtitles. Bouchard

Italian cinema from the silent era to the present. Its genres, such as epic film, melodrama, comedy “Italian-style,” “Spaghetti-Westerns,” and political cinema. Cinema as a reflection on and comment upon the social and political contexts of Italian history from pre-fascist Italy to modernization and beyond. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3261. Twentieth-Century Italian Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3240. Bouchard

Major trends in twentieth-century Italian Literature from the early modern period to contemporary times.

3262. Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature

Three credits. Recommended preparation: ILCS 3237 or 3239 or 3240 or 3243 or instructor consent. Bouchard

Nineteenth-century Italian drama, poetry, and narrative from the Napoleonic period to the years immediately following the conquest of Rome in 1870.

3270. Business Italian

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or instructor consent.

Introduction to Italian business culture. Written and oral practice in the language of business Italian.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

4279. Capstone in Italian Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: ILCS 1148 or instructor consent.

Advanced language practicum and integration of studies in Italian Literature and Culture.

Education Abroad in Italy

Students can participate in a variety of UConn-sponsored Education Abroad programs and also have the option of enrolling in non-sponsored programs. In either case, students should consult with the ILCS faculty to determine which courses will receive credits. Students who enroll in study abroad programs not sponsored by UConn do not necessarily receive UConn credits for their coursework. No more than 12 credits taken in any study abroad program may count toward a major in Italian at this University.

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