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ITA ITALIAN STUDIES


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Introduction

To study Italian is not only to acquire a language, but also to study a rich literature and many-sided culture which have played an important, and sometimes dominant, role in Western civilization. For Canadians, the Italian contribution bears a special significance: the vast influx of Italians in recent years has brought changes in our way of life and a living presence to reinforce traditional Italian influences, thus enriching the meaning of the term Canadian.

At the University of Toronto, Italian courses are offered for beginners, for students who understand an Italian dialect, and for those with Grade 13/OAC standing or equivalent (i.e. "matriculants") in the subject. Students well qualified in the Italian language may be excused from language courses in First Year. First Year Students who have some secondary school training in Italian but are without Grade 13/OAC standing may take ITA 250Y or 251Y. 300- and 400-series courses are available to qualified third- and fourth-year students and may be taken concurrently. These courses offer a wide range of options in language, literature and linguistics. Except for specialists, it is not necessary to take language courses in the 300- and 400-series, but language courses may be taken without literature courses. In addition, there are courses in culture, cinema and theatre that have no language requirement. Oral practice is included in all language courses.

Italian combines well with other modern languages and literatures, and other programs such as Literary Studies, and Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, but is by no means restricted to these. The many Minor programs listed in the following pages will guide the student interested in the arts, history, linguistics, cinema, or Italian Canadian studies. The four courses offered in translating and interpreting will help train for a career in this field. Of considerable interest to students who will seek employment in an international job market is the Minor in Italian for Business Purposes.

In conjunction with Woodsworth College, ITA courses may be taken in Italy at the University of Siena during July and August. A number of bursaries are available. Students may apply to take their Third Year in Italy under the Study Elsewhere program.

Undergraduate Coordinator: Dr. M. Scarci, 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 316 (978-5517)

Enquiries: 21 Sussex Avenue, Room 322 (978-3348)

Faculty Members

Professors Emeriti
S.B. Chandler, Ph D J.A. Molinaro, MA, Ph D, FRSC
M. Ciavolella, Ph D H.S. Noce, MA, Ph D
M. Kuitunen, Dott in Lett, MA, Phil M, M.W. Ukas, MA, Ph D
Ufficiale Ord. Merit It. Rep.

Professor and Acting Chair of the Department
O.L. Pugliese, MA, Ph D (V)

Professor and Associate Chair
R. Capozzi, MA, Ph D (W)

Professors
G.P. Clivio, MA, Ph D A.A. Iannucci, AM, Ph D (UC)
M. Danesi, MA, Ph D (V) D. Pietropaolo, MA, Ph D (SM)
A. Franceschetti, Dott in Lett, Ph D
F. Guardiani, MA, Ph D (SM)

Associate Professors
K. Eisenbichler, MA, Ph D (V) M. Lettieri, MA, Ph D (E)
M. Gieri, Dott in Lett e filosofia, Ph D G. Pugliese, MA, Ph D (E)
G. Katz, MA, Ph D (E) A. Verna, MA, Ph D

Assistant Professor
S. Bancheri, MA, Ph D (E) L. Somigli, Dott in Lett, Ph D

Adjunct Professors
R. Luperini, Dott in Lett (Siena) C. Marcato, Dott in Lett (Udine)

Senior Tutors
J. Campana, MA, Ph D (E) M. Pasquarelli-Clivio, MA, Ph D (SM)
R. Lavorato, MA, Ph D (UC) M. Scarci, MA, Ph D
B. Magliocchetti, MA A. Urbancic, B Ed, MA, Ph D (V)

ITALIAN STUDIES PROGRAMS

Enrolment in the Italian Studies programs requires the completion of four courses; no minimum GPA required.

ITALIAN (B.A.)

Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S25241 (10 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
First Year: ITA 100Y/101Y/101Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/152Y
Second Year:
1. One of the following series of courses: a. ITA 250Y, 350Y, 450Y (Prerequisite ITA 100Y/(133H, 134H)) b. ITA 251Y, 351Y, 450Y (Prerequisite ITA 101Y/110Y) c. ITA 252Y, 352Y, 452Y (Prerequisite ITA 152Y)
2. Two 200-series ITA courses including ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y (OAC students may take ITA 200Y in first year)
Third and Fourth Years:
1. ITA 300Y
2. Four additional ITA 300+ series courses with at least one full course equivalent at the 400-level

Major program Major program: M25241 (7 full courses or their equivalent)
First Year: ITA 100Y/101Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/152Y
Second Year: Two 200-series ITA courses including ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y
Third and Fourth Years:
1. ITA 300Y
2. Three additional ITA 300+ series courses (ex-beginners must include ITA 350Y in their selection)

MINOR PROGRAMS

: (See below)

Italian Cultural Studies (B.A.):

R01481(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. One full course from: ITA 100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y or another full language course at the appropriate level
2. ITA 200Y
3. ITA 254Y/(246H, 247H)
4. One full course or equivalent from: ITA 240Y/303H/304H/340Y/342Y/395H/415H/455Y or from the following ERI courses: ITA 315Y/316Y

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that at least one course be taken in the summer program in Siena

Italian Canadian Studies (B.A.):

R01701(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. One full course from: ITA 100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y or another full language course at the appropriate level
2. ITA 200Y, 233Y, 334H, 493H

Italian Cinema Studies (B.A.):

R03001(Four full courses or their equivalent)

Four courses from the following: ITA 200Y, 240Y, 304H, 340Y, 342Y, 441Y or from the following ERI courses: ITA 242Y, 243Y, 342Y, 343Y

Italian and the Arts (B.A.):

R04151(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. One course in language (e.g., ITA 102Y "Italian for the Arts" or another course at the appropriate level)
2. Three full courses or equivalent from the following: ITA 240Y, 245Y, (246H, 247H), 301H, 340Y, 342Y, 390H, 395H, 410H, 415H, 426H, 480H, 494Y or the following ERI courses: ITA 315Y, 316Y, 372Y, 490Y, 495Y

NOTE: ITA 390H, 395H, 415H, and ERI ITA 315Y, 316Y are open to second-year students

Italian for Business Purposes (B.A.):

R05801(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. One full course from: ITA 100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y or another full language course at the appropriate level
2. ITA 253Y
3. Three full courses or equivalent from: ITA 200Y, 233Y, 303H, 304H, 305H, 334H, 472Y, 493H

Italian Communication Studies (B.A.):

R06771(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. Two consecutive language courses (e.g., ITA 100Y, 250Y; ITA 250Y, 350Y; ITA 101Y, 251Y; ITA 152Y, 252Y; and so on. Higher levels recommended)
2. Two full courses or equivalent from: ITA 240Y, 304H, 340Y, 342Y, 353H, 360H, 361H, 363H, 430H, 441Y, 452Y, VIC 120Y or from the following ERI courses ITA 355Y, 396H

Italian Language and Linguistics (B.A.):

R11151(Four full courses or their equivalent)
1. Two language courses at the appropriate level
2. Two full courses or equivalent from: ITA 360H, 361H, 363H, 364H, 365H, 430H

Italian Translating and Interpreting (B.A.):

R08601(Four full courses or their equivalent)

Enrolment in this program may require the completion of a first- and/or second-year language course, depending on the student's level of preparation.

ITA 271Y, 371Y, 471Y, 472Y

Italian Literary Studies (B.A.):

R09401(Four full courses or their equivalent)

Enrolment in this program may require the completion of a first- and/or second-year language course, depending on the student's level of preparation, or permission of the Department.

One course in each of the four periods of Italian literature: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 17th and 18th Centuries, 19th and 20th Centuries

Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture (B.A.): R10491(Four full courses or their equivalent)

Enrolment in this program may require the completion of a first- and/or second-year language course, depending on the student's level of preparation, or permission of the Department.


1. ITA 200Y
2. Three full courses or equivalent from: ITA 303H, 304H, 340Y, 342Y, 381Y, 410Y, 441Y, 485H, 491H, 492H

The Italian Language and Nationhood (B.A.):

R10701(Four full courses or their equivalent)

Enrolment in this program may require the completion of a first- and/or second-year language course, depending on the student's level of preparation, or permission of the Department.


1. At least 1.5 courses from: ITA 360H, 361H, 363H, 430H
2. At least 1.5 courses from all the other offerings in ITA

ITALIAN (B.A.)

Minor program Minor program: R25241 (4 full courses or their equivalent)

Any 4 ITA courses (at least one course must be a 300/400-level literature course)

SECOND LANGUAGE LEARNING (ITALIAN) (B.A.)

Major program: M22651 (7 full courses or their equivalent)
First Year: ITA 100Y/101Y/110Y/(133H, 134H) (all with minimum 73%)/152Y
Higher Years:
1. JFI 225Y
2. ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y
3. ITA 300Y
4. At least one full-course or equivalent from: ITA 360H, 361H, 363H, 364H, 365H, 430H
5. Two additional ITA 300/400-series courses

ITALIAN STUDIES COURSES

(see Section 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)

For Distribution Requirement purposes, all ITA courses are classified as HUMANITIES courses.

HUM199Y
First Year Seminar 52T

Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a breadth requirement course; see First Year Seminars: 199Y.

The World Literature Program also includes courses from this department; see under WLD

NOTE Students with an adequate knowledge of Italian may substitute for the language courses and half-course in the First and Second years another course or half-course, subject to the permission of the Department. The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.

ITA100Y
Italian Language for Beginners 104S, 26P

An introduction to the main elements of the Italian language. The development of speaking, reading, and writing skills.
Exclusion: Grade 11 Italian/ITA101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y (Not open to students with a knowledge, however passive, of an Italian dialect)

ITA101Y
Elementary Italian Language (formerly ITA110Y) 104S, 26P

Main elements of Italian grammar for students who have some passive knowledge of Italian or an Italian dialect. (Students who have completed Grade 11 Italian should enrol in ITA251Y)
Exclusion: ITA100Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y

ITA102Y
Italian for the Arts 78S

An introduction to Italian, both spoken and written, with special emphasis on lexicon and structures useful to students in the Arts.
Exclusion: Grade 11 Italian/ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y

ITA133H
Practical Italian 39S

An introductory course designed to develop communicative skills in Italian. Emphasis is placed on oral expression and comprehension. (Course offered in Siena only. This course is meant to complement ITA134H offered on the St. George Campus.)
Exclusion: ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/142Y/152Y

ITA134H
Introductory Italian 39S

An introduction to Italian grammar and composition. Special emphasis given to the development of oral proficiency. (The course is meant to complement ITA 133H offered in Siena.)
Exclusion: ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/142Y/152Y

ITA142Y
Intensive Language Practice 78S

This is a course designed for students who wish to maintain and improve their general knowledge of Italian without wishing to specialize. Acquiring the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations is a priority, while less emphasis is placed on the traditional teaching of grammar and on essay writing. This course counts toward the minor programs only.
Exclusion: ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/152Y
Prerequisite: OAC Italian or permission of Department

ITA152Y
Language Practice 78S

A review of grammar, the writing of short compositions, and oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y
Prerequisite: Grade 13/OAC Italian

ITA200Y
Contemporary Italy 78S

An analysis of literary social and artistic movements, whose aim is to better understand the conditions that prevail in modern Italy. (Given in English)
Prerequisite: ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H)/142Y/152Y or permission of instructor; OAC students may take ITA200Y in first year

JFI225Y
Second Language Learning 78S

A theoretical and practical consideration of the ways we learn a second language, with a historical overview and critical evaluation of the various methodologies that have been developed; the role of cultural studies in language learning, practical evaluation and development of syllabus, course and textbook materials.
Prerequisite: FSL161Y(73%)/181Y/ITA100Y/101Y/102Y/110Y/(133H, 134H) (all with a minimum of 73%)/152Y

ITA233Y
Ethnicity and Mainstream: Italian Canadian Culture (formerly ITA233H) 52L

An examination of the Italian presence in Canada from the time of John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to the present through an analysis of historical and literary texts and a consideration of sociological and linguistic phenomena. (Given in English)

ITA240Y
Italian Cinema 52L, 78P

An analysis of representative films by Italian directors including Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Ettore Scola, as well as a discussion of recent cinematic works by filmmakers of the young generation, such as Giuseppe Tornatore and Gabriele Salvatores. The course is given in English and all films shown have English subtitles.

ITA245Y
Italian Culture and Civilization 26L, 26T

The main elements of Italian civilization from the time of Dante until the present in literature, art, and thought with reference to political history where appropriate. (Given in English)
Exclusion: ITA246H/247H

ITA246H
Italian Culture from the Middle Ages to the Present 39S

A survey of artists, writers, and thinkers from the time of Dante to the days of Leonardo. During field trips, the streets, squares, churches, and palazzi of many cities serve as living laboratories for a discussion of the topography of mediaeval and Renaissance cities. (Course offered in Siena only.)
Exclusion: ITA245Y

ITA247H
Italian Culture from the Age of the Baroque to the Present 39S

Analysis of a selection of philosophical, artistic, musical, and literary works from the age of the Baroque to the present. The main topics of discussion include: Romanticism, Italian unification, theatre, opera, Futurism, fascism, Neorealism, regional differences, and industrialization. Field trips and viewing of movies included. (Course offered in Siena only.)
Exclusion: ITA245Y

ITA250Y
Intermediate Italian 78S

Grammar review, readings and oral practice to enhance comprehension and expressive skills.
Exclusion: ITA251Y/252Y/253Y (Not open to students with a knowledge of an Italian dialect)
Prerequisite: ITA100Y/102Y/(133H, 134H)

ITA251Y
Language Practice 78S

A review of Italian grammar and one hour of oral practice.
Exclusion: Grade 13/OAC Italian/ITA152Y/250Y/252Y/253Y
Prerequisite: ITA101Y/110Y/(133H, 134H) or familiarity with an Italian dialect and some secondary school training in Italian

ITA252Y
Written and Oral Expression in Italian 78S

A study of fundamental grammatical structures with special emphasis on vocabulary and syntax. Some attention is paid to stylistics. One hour a week is devoted to oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA250Y/251Y/253Y
Prerequisite: ITA152Y

ITA253Y
Italian for Business Communication 39S

A review of Italian grammar. Development of oral and written skills, especially as they pertain to the world of business and finance.
Exclusion: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y
Prerequisite: A first-year ITA language course

ITA271Y
Translating and Interpreting I 26L, 26T

An introduction to the problems of translation from English into Italian. Specific treatment of common difficulties and extensive exercises. Some practice in consecutive interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

ITA299Y
Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See Research Opportunity Program for details.

ITA300Y
Survey of Italian Literature 26L, 26T

This course provides a comprehensive view of Italian Literature from its beginnings to the 20th Century, by focusing on the major authors and periods.
Prerequisite: ITA 250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA301H
The City: Siena 39S

An analysis of the city as a socio-cultural entity in its historical context from the Middle Ages to the present. (Course offered in Siena only.)

ITA303H
Contemporary Italy and the European Common Market 39S

Discussion and evaluation of the historical process leading to the formation of the European Common Market with emphasis on the role that Italy played in this development. Consideration of questions arising from this new political and economic entity and its impact on the international market. (Course offered in Siena only.)

ITA304H
The Italian Media: Film, Television, and Advertising 39S

Drawing from the wealth of materials available in loco, the course analyzes the various media at work in contemporary Italy, and film, television, and advertising forces that have transformed and shaped Italian society in the second half of the 20th century. (Course offered in Siena only.)
Prerequisite: One or more courses in Italian language or permission of the Department

ITA305H
Artigianato Artistico: Design and Business in Italy 39S

An analysis of the social and economic realities of the artigianato artistico in Italy to show how, from the world of fashion to the leather industry, from goldsmith to glass blowing shops, this sector of Italian economy accounts for a large portion of the country's international trade. (Course offered in Siena only.)

ITA310H
Survey of Italian Literature 26L

The course illustrates Italy's contribution to the history of the trope during a time when countries became increasingly interdependent and conscious of each other's cultures. Through literary and social analysis the course traces the most vital aspects of the journey motif.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA315H
The Signs of Love in the Middle Ages 26L

This course focuses on medieval Italian poets' representation of the phenomena of love, from its origins and operation ("falling in love") to its effects ("love sickness") and, in some poets transformation into spiritual values. Passages are selected from the works of Guinizelli, Cavalcanti, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch and others.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA320Y
The Divine Comedy: This World and the Next 26L, 26T

Set in the afterlife, Dante's great Christian epic of conversion explodes with the passions of this world. This course focuses on Dante's intertextual and narrative strategies in order to fashion his complex vision of contemporary society within the framework of providential history.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA325Y
Themes and Forms of the Lyric Tradition from Petrarch to D'Annunzio 26L, 26T

A comprehensive view of Italian lyric poetry focussing on the distinctive elements of the genre, from the establishment of the canon (Petrarch) to one of its 20th-century recastings (D'Annunzio).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA330Y
The Christian `Epic': Dante, Tasso, Manzoni 26L, 26T

Three of Italy's foremost writers' conscious attempt to write the great representative ("epic") work of their age: this course explores their struggle to find the appropriate language, style, and genre to express their vision of history within the embrace of providence.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA333H
Writing the City: Middle Ages and Renaissance 26L

This course explores the diverse ways in which the city is represented in medieval and Renaissance Italy. Selected passages may include the following: Marco Polo (city as exotic east), Dante (city as hell), Boccaccio (city as pestilence), Petrarch (city as Babylonian chaos), Bruni (city as ideal), Machiavelli (city as political resolve), Campanella (city as utopia).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA334H
Italian Canadian Literature: Identity and Voice 13L, 13T

An examination of the evolution of the experience of Italians in Canada as expressed in literary texts by both first- and second-generation authors. Themes explored include Italians as "pioneers", the Italian perception of Canada, the immigrant experience, generational conflicts and gender relations. (Most texts available in both Italian and English.)

ITA340Y
Italian Neo-realist Cinema 26L, 26T, 78P

An analysis of the neo-realist movement in Italian cinema, and its relation to the political and social climate of post-war Italy. Screenings include selections from the major exponents of Italian neo-realism from Rossellini to the early Fellini. (Given in English)
Recommended preparation: ITA240Y

VIC341H
The Self and Society in the Renaissance (See "Victoria College Courses")

ITA342Y
Studies in Italian Cinema 52L, 78P

This course focuses on issues of "genre" and "authorship" in the context of a general discussion of Italian film-making as a national and popular tradition. Knowledge of Italian required.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y
Recommended preparation: ITA240Y

VIC343H
Sex and Gender in the Renaissance (See "Victoria College Courses")

VIC344H
Renaissance Narrative (formerly VIC242H) (See "Victoria College Courses")

ITA345H
Love and Sex in the Renaissance 26L

Divided into three parts, this course examines the philosophy of love and the literary and social manifestations of the love experience in Renaissance Italy. Readings include selections from the major love treatises of the period and from poems, short stories, letters and dialogues on love.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA350Y
Language Practice 26P, 52S

Discussion of problems of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA101Y/110Y/152Y/251Y/252Y
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/253Y

ITA351Y
Language Practice 26P, 52S

For students who have a familiarity with an Italian dialect. Discussion of grammar, style, and composition. Language analysis based on readings of Italian authors. One hour a week of oral practice.
Exclusion: ITA100Y/102Y/152Y/250Y/252Y
Prerequisite: ITA251Y/253Y

ITA352Y
Advanced Language Practice 26P, 52S

Analysis and discussion of vocabulary and syntax with special emphasis on the individual's stylistic problems.
Exclusion: ITA350Y/351Y
Prerequisite: ITA252Y/253Y

ITA353H
Language Practice 39S

Development of writing and reading skills. Analysis of texts (vocabulary and syntax), composition, and oral practice. (Course offered in Siena only.)
Prerequisite: At least one 2nd-year course in Italian language, or permission of Department

ITA360H
Italian Linguistics 26L

For students having a knowledge of Italian and/or Italian dialects but no background in linguistics. Concepts of general linguistics. Italy as a linguistic entity. The structure of contemporary Italian, with special regard to its sound system and grammatical categories.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA361H
Aspects of Italian Descriptive and Applied Linguistics 26L

This course deals primarily with morphological, syntactic and semantic analysis, but also discusses the educational uses of linguistics.
Prerequisite: ITA360H

ITA363H
Italian Sociolinguistics 26L

Starting with a survey of the sociolinguistic situation in Italy before Unification, this course deals with the complex relationship between regional languages and dialects on the one hand and Common Italian on the other. The recent rise of regional variants of Italian and its impact on the dialects are also discussed.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA364H
The Linguistic History of Southern Italy 26L

This course deals with the birth and development of literary languages in southern Italy and the gradual linguistic Tuscanization of southern Italian culture. A selection of texts are read and discussed with attention also paid to important dialect authors.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA365H
Friulian Language and Literature 26L

An introduction to the major features of the Friulian language and a survey of the development of Friulian literature.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA370Y
Power and Success in the Renaissance 26L, 26T

Concepts of power and strategies for success in Renaissance treatises including Machiavelli's Il principe and Costiglione's Il libro del cortegiano. Politics, art and writing as instruments of power in the lives of two "universal" men (Lorenzo il Magnifico and Michelangelo) and a female intellectual (Gaspara Stampa).
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA371Y
Translating and Interpreting II 26L, 26T

A course designed for advanced students. Written translation of a variety of non-technical texts from English into Italian, and practice in consecutive interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

ITA381Y
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Literature 26L, 26T

Focusing on compelling themes arising from critical and theoretical debates in 20th-century culture, this course analyzes poetic, narrative and dramatic works by major Italian modern and contemporary authors.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA385H
From Manuscript to Print, from Print to Computers 26L

A study of the effects of technology on the form and content of literature. The course focuses on the cultural transformations induced by print in the sixteenth century, and by electronic technology in our own times.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA390H
The Commedia dell'Arte 26L

A study of the conventions of the Commedia dell'Arte tradition in the context of its performance history from the late Renaissance to the present. Issues examined include acting techniques, improvisation, masks and costumes, iconography and adaptation to film. (Given in English)

ITA395H
The Opera Libretto 26L

An in-depth study of four opera librettos, examined first in the context of contemporary theories of drama and in relation to their musical style, and then in the context of recent stagings, all available in videoform, by distinguished directors.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA400H
Autobiography 26L

An introduction to the conventions of the genre as illustrated by a selection of representative autobiographies from different periods of history and by authors professionally engaged in different disciplines (artists, philosophers, playwrights, etc.). Special emphasis on narrative strategies and on the rhetoric of self-description.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA405H
Angst and Alienation in 19th Century Italian Poetry 26L

Centred around the poetic production of Leopardi, Pascoli, and D'Annunzio, the course explores the main literary, artistic and socio-political issues that characterize Italy's cultural contribution within the context of the romantic movements in Europe.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA410H
Masterpieces of Modern Drama 26L, 26T

An analysis of the most representative works of 20th-century Italian dramatists, from Pirandello to Fabbri to Fo.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA415H
Drama in Performance 26L

An in-depth study of two plays, one of which is studied in the context of its production history and against the background of contemporary performance theory and theatre technology, while the other is examined from the dramaturgical perspective of current theatre practice and in the context of modern theories of directing.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA421Y
Boccaccio and the Italian Short Story 26L, 26T

Theoretical aspects of the short story genre and its development from the Middle Ages to the present.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA426H
Actors, Directors and Stage Artists of the Renaissance and Baroque Periods 26L

The origin and early development of the professional theatre in Italy. Among the topics examined are the composition of theatrical companies, acting conventions, theories of directing, costume design, theatre architecture, and production technology.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA430H
History of the Italian Language 26L

The historical formation of the Italian language and of its dialects. Historical phonology and morphology, and problems of syntax and lexicon. Reading and linguistic analysis of early Italian texts.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA436Y
Man and Society from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment 26L, 26T

A study of the different concepts of man and his place in society, as exemplified in Italian literature from the late 15th to the 18th century.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

VIC440Y
Florence and the Renaissance (See "Victoria College Courses")

ITA441Y
Italian Novel into Film: Aspects of Cinematic Adaptation 52L

An analysis of the process of adaptation in an exploration of the ideological and narratological perspectives as well as the stylistic elements of literary and cinematic discourse. Selections include novels by Verga, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Moravia, Bassani and their filmic adaptations by directors such as Visconti, DeSica, Bertolucci.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y and at least ten full course credits
Recommended preparation: ITA240Y/340Y/342Y/381Y.

Knowledge of Italian recommended

ITA450Y
Advanced Composition 26P, 52S

A study of the more complex areas of Italian grammar and language usage. Discussion of problems and difficulties relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise from individual compositions or essays.
Exclusion: ITA252Y/352Y
Prerequisite: ITA350Y/351Y/353H

ITA452Y
Italian Stylistics 52S, 26P

A study of specific aspects of Italian syntax, stylistics and semantics, which are particularly subject to interference from English and/or dialect. Considerable attention is also paid to oral expression.
Prerequisite: ITA352Y/353H

ITA455Y
Women Writers in Italy 26L, 26T

Cultural movements and feminist issues as reflected in the writings of various periods.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA470H
Galileo and the Scientific Revolution in Renaissance Italy 26L

Focusing on Galileo Galilei, this course examines the development of the language of science in Renaissance Italy using a variety of tools such as literary and scientific texts, overheads, multimedia programs, and the Internet.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA471Y
Translating and Interpreting III 26L, 26T

Written translation of literary, administrative, business, and semi-technical texts from English into Italian. Extensive practice in consecutive interpretation. Introduction to simultaneous interpretation.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

ITA472Y
Legal, Scientific and Business Italian 26L, 26T

Reading, lexical and syntactic analysis of representative texts written in business, legal and scientific Italian. Translation of such texts into English and of comparable English texts into Italian.
Prerequisite: Permission of Department

ITA475H
Literature and Desire 26L

This course traces the development of erotic discourse in Italian culture. Course material is drawn from poetry, prose, and treatises on love, focusing both on the literary and scientific language of love.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA480H
Theatre and Pageantry in Medieval and Renaissance Italy 26L

The development of theatre and public pageantries in Italy during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, with special emphasis on literary developments, political implications, and social context.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA485H
Modern Italian Literary Criticism 26L

Criticism from the late 19th century to the present. A survey of the various approaches to literary criticism such as: historical, idealistic, stylistic aesthetic, marxist, psychoanalytic, structuralistic, semiotic, deconstructionist, and postmodern.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA491H
Topics in Contemporary Fiction 26L

This course traces the debate on the relationship between writing and reality in contemporary fiction from the early 20th century to neo-realism and post-modernism. Texts studied are by such prominent writers as Pirandello, Svevo, Gadda, Vittorini, Calvino, Morante, and Eco.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA492H
Topics in Contemporary Poetry 26L

An introduction to Italian poetry after WWII. The course focuses on the reaction to ermetismo and the emergence of poetry as an area for ideological confrontation. Particular attention is paid to the phenomenon of the neovanguardia. Works by Montale, Luzi, Caproni, Pasolini, Penna, Sanguineti, Zanzotto, Guidici, Maraini, Spaziani.
Prerequisite: ITA250Y/251Y/252Y/253Y

ITA493H
Topics in Italian Canadian Studies 26S

A research course on aspects of the Italian Canadian community involving the participation of students in the gathering of data, its analysis and discussion, and the tabulation of results.
Prerequisite: ITA233Y/334H

ITA494Y
The Artist as Writer 26S

Writings by Italian artists through the ages from Leonardo da Vinci and Benvenuto Cellini in the Renaissance to Salvator Rosa in the 17th century and Filippo De Pisis in the 20th century.


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