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514./414. History of the Italian Language (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Examines the main developments in the transformation from Latin to Italian, and the debates on what constitutes the Italian language (questione della lingua) 1200 – present, including the contributions of Dante Alighieri, Machiavelli, Alessandro Manzoni, the Italian diaspora and recent immigration.
Letter grade only (A-F).

533./433. Italian Literature as Historical Memory (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Italian or consent of instructor.
Select texts of Italian literature are analyzed as sources for the understanding of Italian history and culture 1300-1800.
Letter grade only (A-F).

554./454. Italian Cinema (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Overview of main movements and directors in the history of Italian cinema. Socio-political and aesthetic analysis will be adopted in reading films from the post-war period to the present.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hrs. seminar, 2 hrs. activity)

562./462. Italian Women Writers (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Studies roles of women writers within history of Italian literature from Middle Ages through Renaissance to contemporary literature.
Letter grade only (A-F).

573/473. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Readings in Italian Quattro- and Cinquecento thought to explore its evolution toward the new learning of humanism and the valorization of human ability, worldly matters, and secular culture.
Letter grade only (A-F).

576./476. The Modern Italian Short Story (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate level standing.
Selected Italian short stories of the 19th and 20th Centuries are analyzed as sources for the understanding of Italian history, culture, anthropology and politics.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units, with different topics in different semesters.

578./478. The Italian Novelistic Tradition (3)

Prerequisites: ITAL 335 and ITAL 336 or consent of instructor.
Historical overview of the Italian novelistic tradition with in-depth study of representative Italian novels.
Letter grade only (A-F).

599. Directed Study (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in different semesters.

582./482. The Building of the Italian Nation (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
Explores the literature, the ideas and the cultural artifacts that promoted the creation and building of Italian nation from Middle Ages to present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

600. Italy and the Idea of Europe. Nation, State, Culture, Economy, Society: 1861-Present (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
This course covers the evolution of the idea of Europe as seen against the backdrop of the cultural and economic history of the Italian nation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

650. Research Methods and Critical Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Introduction to methods of research/critical theory. Course familiarizes students with techniques and terminology of critical theory in the Italian tradition and how to apply them to film and literary texts. This course may be taught in Italian or English.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Seminar 3 hours)

688. Seminar in Italian Literature or Culture (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing
In-depth study of a specific author, movement or aspect of Italian literature or culture. Students are exposed to both classical interpretations as well as the latest critical views of the selected topic.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units, with different topics in different semesters. Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

697. Directed Research (1-3 units)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and Consent of Instructor.
Directed research under the supervision of a faculty member in preparation of the Comprehensive Exam.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters.

698. Thesis (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and Consent of Instructor.
Planning, preparation, and completion of thesis in Italian Studies for the master's degree.
Letter grade only (A-F) May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester.


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