ITAL COURSES: ALL MATERIALS ARE READ AND DISCUSSED IN ITALIAN
They can serve to fulfill your language requirement and major or minor requirements.
ITAL 003: INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN 1
Professor Joy Patrice Delliquanti (Joy.p.delliquanti[at]hofstra.edu) MW 12:50-2:15 CRN 23256
Professor Rosetta Urgo (rosetta.urgo[at]hofstra.edu) TR 2:20-3:45 CRN 23149
Professor TBA TR 12:45-2:10 CRN 22052 Description: Brief structural review followed by emphasis on the expression of opinions, ideas, desires and hypothetical scenarios both in short compositions and small group communicative activities. Reading and analytical skills in the target language are also developed further through the reading and discussion of short cultural passages and authentic materials.
ITAL 004: INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN 2
Professor Joy Patrice Delliquanti (Joy.p.delliquanti[at]hofstra.edu) MW 2:55-4:20 CRN 22378 Description: Continuation of the intermediate sequence. Readings by contemporary authors, cultural topics, compositions and conversations. Students continue to develop vocabulary and refine their command of structures and syntax with brief reviews where necessary. Some final structures essential for reading comprehension (such as the past absolute) are also studied.
ITAL 105: MUSIC AND ITALIAN CULTURE
Professor Gregory Pell (Gregory.M.Pell[at]hofstra.edu)TR 4:30-5:55 CRN 24559 Description: This course is designed to follow on ITAL 3. Reading and conversational skills are developed through a variety of Italian songs and their lyrics, which we will examine as cultural markers as well as poems in their own right. Moreover, we will explore how various singers and songwriters can be connected to linguistic and regional cultures, and how some of the singers ("cantautori") both influence and reflect the times. Because of the nature of different musical genres and their colloquial expressions, we will focus on acquiring various registers of slang and vernacular, or "everyday" language including some basic terms in related dialects. Each song unit will also isolate specific grammatical structures. All class meetings will include conversational components through discussions of themes and interpretations of the music. Students will also be encouraged to share their own Italian music interests with the class
ITAL 108: ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATION SKILLS
Professor Lorenza Colletti (lorenza.colletti[at]hofstra.edu) CRN 20838 & CRN 24558
Meeting Times: TBA (0.5 Semester Hours) Description: Stresses authentic intonation patterns, oral proficiency, and listening comprehension. Students meet on an individual basis once a week for 25 minutes with an instructor who is a speaker of standard Italian. Syllabus is established between instructor and student in the first week and focuses upon areas where student requires more practice and improved competency (grammatical and/or cultural).
ITALIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION; ITALIAN STUDIES ITLT; ITST: ALL MATERIALS ARE READ AND DISCUSSED IN ENGLISH
They can serve to fulfill your LT distribution requirement, and to complete the Alternative Language Option of the Foreign Language Requirement.
ITLT 040: (LT) VICE/VIRTUE: DANTE-MACHIAVELLI
Professor Lori J. Ultsch (lori.j.ultsch[at]hofstra.edu) T 4:30-6:20 CRN 24758
Description: A study of the persistent preoccupation with sin and virtue and the concepts' changing value and definition in Italian literature from the 13th to the 17th century. Students read recognized masterpieces by male and female authors, such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Colonna, Franco, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. All works are read and discussed in English.
ITLT 042: (LT) LIE, CHEAT, AND STEAL
Professor Lori J. Ultsch (lori.j.ultsch[at]hofstra.edu) R 4:30-6:20 CRN 2475
Description: The course studies the vastly entertaining "human comedy" known as The Decameron and its place in the birth of the Italian short story tradition. With amusing tales populated by thieves, liars, adulterers, wily servants, scheming wives, princes, kings, pining lovers, con artists and fools, the class gauges The Decameron's significance from a variety of perspectives: the social upheaval wrought by the 14th-century bubonic plague; the challenge to medieval stereotypes concerning gender, nobility, religion and sex; the prominent role played by women in the tales; the themes of love, fortune, and intelligence; Boccaccio's art of storytelling and self-conscious narration; the rise of realism in early Renaissance Italian literature; and, perhaps, the suggestion of a formula for living well in troubled times. All works are read and discussed in English.
HUHC 020C: ITALIAN COMIC BOOK CULTURE
Professor Simone Castaldi (simone.castaldi[at]hofstra.edu) MW 4:30-5:55 CRN 21163
Description: This course follows the development of the comic book medium in Italy from its inception at the beginning of the 20th century to the present. In addition to familiarizing themselves with the major trends and movements in Italian comics -- including the early experimentations with modernism, the colonialist adventure epics of the fascist period, the literate narratives for mature readers of the '70s, and the postmodern sci-fi dystopian visions of the '80s -- students will learn about Italian society, history, and politics while gaining an understanding of the present-day political situation. Furthermore, as we examine the richly intertextual works that are the subject of the course, the students will be presented with narratological tools in order to appreciate the structural complexity of the comic-book medium and to examine the deceptive divide between works of so-called high culture and those of the popular media. Class taught in English, all texts in English.