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French and Italian Languages and Literatures

FRENCH

1. Introductory French I

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: 9

An introduction to French as a spoken and written language. The work includes regular practice in class, scheduled drill-sessions, and the laboratory, in understanding and using the spoken language. Written exercises and elementary reading materials serve for vocabulary building and discussion. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

2. Introductory French II

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: 9, 10

Rapid review and continued study of the fundamentals of French, with intensive work in vocabulary building. More advanced practice, in classroom, drill-sessions, and laboratory, in the use of the spoken language.

Open to students by qualifying test or to students who have passed French 1. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

3. Intermediate French

09F: 11, 12 10W, 10S: 11, 12, D.L.S.A. 10F: 11, 12 11W, 11S: 11, 12, D.L.S.A.

Given on-campus as the final course in the required sequence and off-campus as part of the L.S.A. curriculum, this course is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills, with emphasis on expansion of vocabulary and reinforcement of grammatical structures. Some discussion of texts and films of literary or cultural interest. Frequent oral and written assignments and tests, both on-campus and off, plus daily drills off-campus.

Open to students by qualifying test or to students who have passed French 2. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

5. Language Study Abroad: Aspects of French Civilization

10W, 10S, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.

A course in French civilization taught in the context of the Language Study Abroad program. Lectures by local faculty concentrate on French political, social, economic, and religious institutions, and their historical development. Independent or accompanied visits to sites are an integral part of the course. Assigned work may include short readings, oral presentations and papers, and a final examination.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad Program. WCult: W. The staff.

6. Language Study Abroad: Readings in French Literature

10W, 10S, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.

An introductory course, offered in the context of the Language Study Abroad program, dealing with major figures, themes, or genres of French literature. Some areas of concern are critical reading and analysis, style, and historical and social perspectives. Assigned work may include independent reading and analysis, frequent short papers, and examinations. Taught by Dartmouth faculty.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad Program. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. The staff.

7. First-Year Seminars in French Literature

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8. Exploring French Culture and Language

09F: 12 10W, 10S: 12, D.L.S.A.+

10F: 12 11W, 11S: 12, D.L.S.A.+

Practice in the active use of the language combined with an introduction to major aspects of French society. Each week students will write papers and participate in discussions based on books, articles, and films emphasizing social and historical concepts.

Prerequisite: French 3, or equivalent preparation. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. The staff.

10. Introduction to French Literature: Masterworks and Great Issues

09F: 12, 2 10W, 10S: 2, D.L.S.A.+ 10X: 12

10F: 12, 2 11W: 10A, D.L.S.A.+ 11S: 2, D.L.S.A.+

These courses, offered each term by various members of the Department, deal in major figures, themes, or issues of modern French literature, and of those earlier periods which have particular relevance to today’s world. Techniques of critical reading and interpretation are studied as an approach to these topics, which reflect the interests of the teaching staff.

Prerequisite: French 3, or equivalent preparation. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 09F at 12, The Anatomy of Passion: Couples in Love. A study of passion in French and francophone literature through the ages, as seen through texts and films. Readings may include works by Scève, Corneille, Laclos, Flaubert, Condé. Walker.

In 09F at 2, Books and Life.Writers often depict books as magical objects that transport us to distant lands and enable us, as one French critic said, to think the thoughts of others. Others stress the unrealistic expectations about life, and love, fostered by books. This course explores French depictions of encounters with books, from fairy tales to film, encouraging students to reflect critically on their own relationship with books. Authors may include Molière, Rousseau, Balzac, Flaubert, and Sijie. Wine.

In 10W, Drôles de familles. Loosely paraphrasing Tolstoy, normal families are boring, every abnormal family is much more interesting in its own way. In this class we will read fairy tales, plays and novels filled with family tension and conflict, whose eruption thus allows the emotional and psychological undertow to surface. Authors may include Perrault, Molière, Sarraute, Beauvoir, Nothomb, and graphic novelists Dupuy and Berberian. Cone.

In 10S, Travel and Literature. The modern discourse on travel—born out of old impulses such as the attraction of the exotic, the need to escape from the society or from one’s self—represents a subjective geography that reinvents maps, locations and peoples. This course looks at imaginary and real travel as represented in various literary genres. We will study texts by Baudelaire, Flaubert, Loti, Noailles, Eberhardt, Camus in dialogue with Foucault, Barthes, Said or Apter. Verona.

12. Advanced Writing and Speaking in French

10W, 10S, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.+

In this course, students will learn to recognize and reproduce a broad range of linguistic registers and structures in order to achieve competence in French grammar, phonetics, vocabulary, and oral and written expression. Aided by the analysis of newspaper articles, letters, political orations, screenplays, interviews, and short stories, students will analyze, imitate, and produce diverse types and levels of discourse. Course work will entail intensive writing, stylistic analysis, small group discussions, dramatic presentations, and experiential exercises such as conducting interviews, writing business letters, or composing political speeches. Texts by Montesquieu, Danton, Maupassant, Zola, Ionesco, De Gaulle, Yourcenar, Kassovitz, and others.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Advanced Language Study Abroad Program. WCult: W. The staff.

15. Business French and the French Economy

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

This course will enable students to function in a French business environment. We will use departments of a company (human resources, production, sales, finance and administration) to acquire a knowledge of business terminology and practices. Using company web sites and the business press, students will become familiar with important companies and the environment in which they operate.

Prerequisite: French 8, or permission of the instructor. WCult: W.

20. Interpreting French Cultures

10S: 11 10X: 10 11W: 11

This course is designed to enable students to acquire the analytical skills necessary to interpret the various representational modes that constitute French and Francophone cultures. In order to prepare students to become more culturally “competent” the course will draw on various critical concepts that focus on how and why we read the signs of culture from a variety of perspectives such as: history and politics; issues of class and power; the study of symbols and documents. We will explore a variety of cultural objects and examine the theoretical writings of some of the following authors: Balibar, Barthes, Baudrillard, Ben Jelloun, Bourdieu, Butler, de Certeau, Condé, Fanon, Finkielkraut, Foucault, Fumaroli, Glissant, Kristeva, Le Goff, Malraux, Nora, Ozouf, and Wievorka.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

21. Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture

09F: 2 11S: 11

This course surveys the evolution of French language (Francophone) literature of the former French colonies and examines the social, political, and cultural issues it raises: race, colonialism, decolonization, revolution, independence, neo-colonialism, Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité, écriture féminine, mimetic desire, cultural hybridity, post-independence government and society. The survey will include novels, plays, poetry, film and essays by representative writers from the principal divisions of the Francophone world: the French West Indies, the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa; Quebec, and Francophone Canada.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. Walker.

22. Introduction to French Literature I: the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

10W: 11 10F: 2A

Medieval France—its art, architecture, technology, philosophy and literature—exerted an unparalleled influence throughout Europe. Studying the first texts written in French, as well as the manuscripts in which they circulated, will shed light on the nature of French culture. We will examine defining issues of the period: the transition from oral to written expression, the invention of printing, debates concerning the status of women, Renaissance humanism, scientific inquiry, religious reform and conflict. Texts may include La Chanson de Roland, selected poetry, and works by Chrétien de Troyes, Christine de Pizan, Marguerite de Navarre, François Rabelais, and Michel de Montaigne.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Tarnowski.

23. Introduction to French Literature II: Neoclassicism and the Eighteenth Century

10W: 10 11W: 12

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were a dynamic and volatile period characterized on the one hand by the rise to power of the most absolute of all monarchs, the Sun King Louis XIV, symbolized by Versailles, and on the other hand by the French Revolution. Fostered by royal patronage, literature and the arts flourished, yet many writers also used artistic expression to counter this royal power. The period saw the birth of the modern French novel and the development of a rich body of theatrical and philosophical literature. These centuries are recognized as major components of France’s collective identity and their influence is still felt in France today. Authors may include Descartes, Corneille, Racine, Molière, Lafayette, Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire, Graffigny, Beaumarchais and Laclos.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Wine.

24. Introduction to French Literature and Culture III: Nineteenth Century

10S, 10F: 10

This course examines the nineteenth-century renewal of literary form and vision from the French Revolution to the First World War. We will study the social and historical developments of French culture as they are reflected in various literary genres (narrative, poetry, dramatic theory and practice), literary criticism, philosophy, historiography, and the other arts. Emphasis will be placed on France’s growing self-awareness as a nation and on the analysis of aesthetic and intellectual issues represented in the major literary movements of this period including romanticism, realism, symbolism, art for art’s sake, naturalism, fin de siècle decadence, and modernism. Readings may include works by such authors as Chateaubriand, de Staël, Stendhal, Hugo, Musset, Sand, Balzac, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Michelet, Zola, and Huysmans.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Verona.

25. Introduction to French Literature and Culture IV: Twentieth Century

09F: 11 11S: 12

This course examines the radical transformations of literary form and vision that characterize twentieth-century France with its two World Wars, its colonial conflicts, and the challenges to French identity posed by immigration and globalization. We will use lyric poetry, fiction, drama, autobiography, and film to explore literary movements such as surrealism, existentialism, the new novel, the theater of the absurd and écriture féminine, as well as the recent impact of immigrant and minority writers. Readings and films may include works by Proust, Breton, Colette, Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus, Robbe-Grillet, Duras, Delbo, Cixous, Sebbar, Resnais, Malle, and Kassovitz.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Higgins.

29. French Civilization: Study Abroad

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: D.F.S.P.

Studies in such aspects of the cultural heritage as French art, music, and history. Credit for this course is awarded students who have successfully completed the program of the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program at one of its university centers in France.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Foreign Study Program. Dist: ART; WCult: W. The staff.

30. French Literature: Study Abroad

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: D.F.S.P.

Credit for this course is awarded students who have successfully completed the program of the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program at one of its university centers in France.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Foreign Study Program. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. The staff.

31. The French Language: Study Abroad

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: D.F.S.P.

Credit for this course is awarded students who have successfully completed the program of the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program at one of its university centers in France.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Foreign Study Program. WCult: W. The staff.

35. The French Language: Introduction to Linguistics and Rhetoric

10X: 11

This course will explore the French language by means of the linguistic analysis of texts. Its purpose is a) to familiarize the student with the constraints and freedoms of the French language as these are revealed by linguistic analysis, and b) to develop the student’s spontaneity of expression. The course will include the study of structural linguistics and recent rhetorical systems such as those of Genette or Riffaterre.

In 10X, Translations. Translation enables us to navigate between languages and cultures, yet we often take it for granted. What is lost in translation? Should unfamiliar cultural elements be “translated” for the target audience or should translators deliberately “foreignize”? Do some writers improve in translation? We will explore these practical and theoretical issues and deepen our understanding of the French language as we read, criticize, and do translations across a range of genres and contexts. Wine.

Prerequisite: French 8 or 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

40. French Literature: The Approach through Genre

10S, 11W: 2

This course will be devoted to significant examples of a particular literary genre. Genres may be defined historically: thus epic is recognized in its medieval form; tragedy receives its normative definition during classicism. Genres may also be defined formally so that narrative may be studied as it evolves across several centuries. Issues to be considered may include the way genre shapes the production and reception of literary texts and the relationship between historical and generic determinants of a given work.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 10S, French Theater goes Greek: Major Greek Myths on the Contemporary French Stage. Theory and Performance: From Page to Stage. The transition of selected works from page to stage will be examined, as well as the concepts, insights and techniques from which actors create and sustain theatric illusion. Dramatic productions by students will be presented at the end of the course. Authors may include Sartre, Cocteau. Anouilh, Kihm, Gide, Giraudoux. Rassias.

In 11W, The French Gothic. This course will study the Gothic as associated with tales of terror, dark settings and strange creatures, but also as a critical term that questions literary verisimilitude, excessive imagination, and exposes literary fabrication based on replaying of old elements in new contexts. The course will read from the works of Mérimée, Nodier, Verne and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam and discuss theoretical works on fantastic, horror and simulacrum by Baudrillard, Kristeva, and Todorov, among others. Verona.

45. French Literature: The Approach through Periodization

10F: 12

French literature has traditionally been divided into chronological blocks that receive descriptive names: classicism for the seventeenth century; Enlightenment for the eighteenth century; etc. In this course, one or more periods will be selected for intensive study in the light of fundamental questions about the historical process.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 10F, Speaking in Ideals. Whether they composed romances, adventure narratives, or treatises on good government, medieval authors often called on ideals—Truth, Justice, Love—to elevate the status of their literature, or mask its more subversive intentions. We will study the power of such allegory in a political context of civil and transnational conflict. Readings may include works by Jean Renart, Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier, and René. Tarnowski.

50. French Literature: Major Figures

09F: 10A

This course will be devoted to the study of a single author or to a group of authors who have exercised a decisive influence on French, European or world literature or who are deserving of concentrated attention because of the quality or originality of their literary production.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 09F, Montaigne and Proust. Montaigne and Proust represent distinct historical periods in which subjectivity is a major intellectual concern. Using first person narratives as emblematic of their times, we will examine how self-portraiture is manifested in time and space and reflects upon broader notions of character, sensation, sexuality, memory. Selections include representative Essais of Montaigne, Proust’s Du côte de chez Swann and Le temps retrouvé, short essays of Bergson, Blanchot, Derrida, Freud, Kristeva. Kritzman.

53. French Thought: Philosophical Issues

09F, 11S: 2A

This course will study texts which have shaped influential views of human nature, scientific knowledge, social and moral values. Its focus may be on the philosophers and moralists of the classical period (such as Pascal and La Rochefoucauld), the social and political thinkers of the Enlightenment (Diderot and Rousseau) or contemporary thinkers (Beauvoir, Foucault, Lévi-Strauss).

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: TMV; WCult: W.

In 09F and 11S, French Theory. French writers played a crucial role in the development of contemporary literary and critical theory. French theorists have analyzed subjects ranging from perception, to sexuality, gender, the unconscious, popular culture, fashion, cinema, mythology, kinship, and even the Paris Métro. This course will examine some of the major trends and monuments in this explosion of theoretical activity in France. Works by Lèvi-Strauss, Lacan, Foucault, Kristeva, Irigaray, Cixous, Derrida, Deleuze, Baudrillard, and others. LaGuardia.

55. French Culture and Politics

10S: 10A 11S: 2

This course will study the broad field of French civilization with a variety of approaches. Literary texts may be studied for their political influence; literature may be seen as a way of changing history or a reflection of history. Writings on cultural or political issues, by such figures as Montaigne, Diderot or de Staël, may also be included as may more current works from the field of cultural criticism.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

In 10S, Patrimoine, Nation, Histoire: La Mémoire Collective Française. We will examine the concept of French collective identity focusing on key characteristics such as a rich history, conversation, cafés, gastronomy, Paris and monuments such as the Eiffel Tower. We will analyze the process through which such characteristics came to be associated with France, highlighting the roles of historical writing and literature. Authors will include Nora, Elias, Barthes, Molière, Michelet, Hugo, Voltaire, Mercier, Staël and Delerm, among others. Beasley.

In 11S, A Nation at War: French Civil Strife from the Revolution to the Dreyfus Affair. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, this course will examine the ways in which France has defined itself as a nation and the major political and social divisions that have torn it asunder. Readings will be selected from the Revolutionary period to the beginning of the twentieth century, including Robespierre, Sieyès, de Maistre, Michelet, Toqueville, Hugo, Zola, Drumont, Barrès and Maurras. Kogan.

60. Gender and French Literature

10S: 12

Intersections of gender and literary expression will be studied from a variety of perspectives: gender and authorship (women writers, écriture féminine, comparative analysis of masculine/feminine treatments of genres or themes); gender and reading (do men and women read differently? do certain texts address a specifically gendered readership?); gender and literary form (the lyric, the romance plot); representations of men and women in certain movements or periods (the female body, women/men as subjects or objects of representation).

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 10S, Women in Eighteenth-Century France. This course is a cultural and literary exploration of gender in eighteenth-century France. Through works by both male and female thinkers, writers, and artists, we will look at the lives of eighteenth-century French women in the domestic and public spheres. We will explore gender construction and distinctions in the social, political, and intellectual arenas of pre-Revolutionary France. Readings include Riccoboni, Genlis, Cotin, Gouges, Rousseau, Châtelet, Laclos, Montesquieu, Charrière, Marivaux. Marcellesi.

70. Francophone Literature

10W: 2 10F: 11

This course will involve the study of Francophone literature outside Europe. This may include the literature of Africa, the Caribbean, Québec and Southeast Asia.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: Varies.

In 10W, Writing French in the Arab World: Voices from the Maghreb. First encountered as a colonizing language, French has become a language of self-expression and affirmation for writers in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, as well as in Maghrebian immigrant communities in France. The course will focus on the role of French in constructing contemporary Maghrebian identity in novels and films by Tahar ben Jelloun, Assia Djebar, Maïssa Bey, Mahi Binebine, Leila Sebbar, Merzak Allouache, and Yamina Benguigui. WCult: NW. Green.

In 10F, Passages and Ambiguous Adventures: Colonial and Postcolonial Questions of Migration and Immigration. A comparative study of urban and globalized Francophone cultures (Port-au-Prince, Dakar, Algiers, Tangiers, Saigon, Brussels, Paris), the attendant challenges and effects of globalization, including immigration, national politics, gender, sexuality, as well as economics, and how the literary and filmic imagination captures these issues. Readings by Kane, Sembène, Beyala; Lê, Ky, Lefèvre; ben Jelloun, Allouache, Chraibi; Chauvet, Ollivier, Étienne, Césaire, Glissant. Walker.

75. French Film

11W: 2A

This course will focus on one of the following: an individual filmmaker, a significant movement or period, or a major theme in French cinema. Students will become familiar with aspects of French cinematic history as well as with important concepts in film analysis.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: W.

In 11W, Women Filmmakers in the French Tradition. We will study films by French women filmmakers, situating them within cinema history generally and the French tradition in particular. We will trace the artists’ contribution to the development of realism, Modernism, Surrealism, the New Wave, and post-Modernism. Examining the articulation of social consciousness with artistic experimentation, we will ask whether the films point to a specifically feminine aesthetic. Counts toward French, Film and Media Studies, or Women’s and Gender Studies major. Higgins.

78. Senior Major Workshop: Methods in Reading, Writing and Cultural Analysis

10W: 2A 11W: 10A

As part of this culminating experience, each major will work on an independent project, either a senior thesis or expanding upon work begun in a previous course. The independent project will be developed within the framework of this course using a selection of critical texts that can be viewed as models of literary, cultural, and historical analysis. Lectures by a variety of faculty members will supplement the readings. Students will gain mastery in literary and cultural analysis, close analytical reading skills and composition in French.

The course is open only to French and Italian Department senior majors or by petition, which is due by the fifth day of classes of Fall term. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Marcellesi.

80. French Literature and the Other Arts

10W: 12 10F: 2

Literary works (poetry, theater, the novel, the essay) will be examined in their relationship to the other arts. This will include music, painting, the plastic arts, architecture, etc. Sample topics: opera and melodrama; symbolism and Impressionist painting; surrealism in poetry and collage; art criticism by such writers as Baudelaire, Apollinaire, Ponge.

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: W.

In 10W, Orientalism.In this course French “Orientalism” will be examined as a cultural phenomenon beginning in 1789 with Napoleon’s incursion into Egypt. Some questions to be addressed: What is the “Orient”? How is it depicted in texts, photographs, and paintings? How is it a mental construction and what does it reveal? Readings will include authors such as Lamartine, Hugo, Flaubert, Yourcenar, Malraux, and Duras; paintings by Delacroix and Matisse will be studied. Kogan.

In 10F, Versailles.How do private amusements, luxury goods, and personal style become instruments of political power? This course will examine the interaction of pleasure and power in the art, literature, architecture and culture of the Sun King’s court. Films and recent histories will enable us to consider how Versailles continues to embody French cultural superiority. Readings may include La Fontaine, Molière, Scudéry, Saint-Simon, Louis XIV, and historians and critics like LeRoy Ladurie, Elias, and Apostolidès. Wine.

81. Seminar

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

Prerequisite: French 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

87. Independent Reading and Research

All terms: Arrange

A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to French, French Studies and Romance Language Majors. By special permission this course may be taken more than once. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

89. Honors Seminar

All terms: Arrange

Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in French, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

FRENCH CLUB

Students interested in French are invited to join the French Club, Le Cercle français. It is a cultural as well as social organization which meets weekly. Membership is open to all students whether or not enrolled in French courses. The program includes talks in French, informal conversation groups, films, and dramatic productions.

FRENCH AND ITALIAN IN TRANSLATION

The following courses are taught in English.

33. Dante: The Divine Comedy

10W: 12 10F: 2

Dante’s Divine Comedy offers an encyclopedic presentation of medieval ethics, philosophy and theology, a powerful political vision, and some of the most imaginative and beautiful poetry ever written. The poem redefined literature and language in Italy and throughout Europe. But why should we read the Divine Comedy today? What does Dante’s poem have to teach modern readers? These are among the questions we will address as we accompany Dante’s pilgrim on his journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. Readings and discussions will focus on prominent themes and characters and will seek to understand the Comedy in the context of its historical, political, and literary background.

Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Quaintance.

34. Renaissance Studies in Translation

11W: 12

An examination of Italian Renaissance masterpieces in translation, which will explore the centrality of Italian ideas and ideals to the development of literary and cultural norms in Italy and Europe. Topics will vary according to the focus established by each instructor.

In 11W, Sex and Gender in Renaissance Italy. This interdisciplinary course explores conceptions of sex, gender, and subjectivity in Italian Renaissance literature and art. Topics include the sexual self-presentation of men and women, the representation of the male and female body, proscriptions for behavior of both sexes, and Renaissance attitudes regarding sex and sexuality. Texts may include Castiglione’s The Book of the Courtier, Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Michelangelo, and Titian. Quaintance.

Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

35. Modern Italian Culture and Society

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

According to the interests of the instructor, a major topic, art form, literary genre, or historical theme that concerns modern Italy will be approached in relation to Italian culture and society as a whole. The focus of the course will thus be interdisciplinary, emphasizing the interplay of the fine arts, literature, film, music, history, and philosophy. Possible themes include Literature and Politics in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, The History of Italian Opera, The Culture of Italian Fascism, Italian Film (specific directors such as Fellini, De Sica, Bertolucci and Antonioni).

Open to all students. Text, lectures and discussion in English. Students taking the course for major or minor credit in Italian will attend a weekly x-hour and do all written work in Italian.

93. Second Language Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

This course examines the notion that language teaching theory and classroom practice are two sides of the same coin. After a historical overview of language pedagogy, the course will survey current theoretical models and methods of second language teaching and learning based on a solid foundation of recent empirical evidence. Topics will include Krashen’s “Input Hypothesis,” the “Rassias Method” and the recently developed theory of “Conceptual Fluency.” In the second part of the course, we will shift our focus to the practical questions of curriculum design, classroom activities and the development of teaching materials. This course offers major credit for all French and Italian Department majors. It may offer minor credit with permission of the Chair.

Open to all students. Dist: SOC.

ITALIAN

1. Introductory Italian I

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: 9

An introduction to Italian as a spoken and written language, with emphasis on practical conversation. The course includes regular practice in class, scheduled drill-sessions and the laboratory in understanding and using the spoken language. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

2. Introductory Italian II

09F, 10W, 10S, 10F, 11W, 11S: 10

Rapid review and continued study of the fundamentals of Italian, with intensive work in vocabulary building. The course will also include an introduction to the culture and civilization of Italy.

Open to students by qualifying placement or to students who have passed Italian 1. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

3. Introductory Italian III

10S: 10 10X, 11W, 11S: 9 10W, 10S, 10F: D.L.S.A.

This course is designed to reinforce and refine spoken and written language skills through a review of grammar, exposure to a broad spectrum of language ranging from colloquial to literary styles, and the use of samples of Italian language from multiple sources such as advertising, comics, television and literature. Frequent compositions, quizzes, plus linguistic and thematic analysis of texts.

Open to students by qualifying placement or to students who have passed Italian 2 or Art History 12. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements. The staff.

5. Language Study Abroad: The Art and Culture of Rome

10W, 10S, 10F: D.L.S.A.

A course, taught in the context of the Language Study Abroad Program, which concentrates on the artistic life and culture of Rome. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture and architecture are studied in their social and historical contexts. Visits to sites in the city proper and its environs as well as nearby cities are an integral part of the program of study.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad Program. Dist: ART; WCult: W. The staff.

6. Language Study Abroad: Literature

10W, 10S, 10F: D.L.S.A.

An introductory course offered in the context of the Language Study Abroad program, dealing with major figures, themes, or genres of Italian literature. Some areas of concern are critical reading and analysis, style, historical and social perspective.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad Program. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. The staff.

7. First-Year Seminars in Italian Literature

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8. Exploring Italian Culture and Language

09F, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.+

This course will serve as an introduction to modern and contemporary Italian literature, culture and society. It will focus on topics such as evolving political and regional identities, gender relations, the role of the media, and the culture of daily life, as they appear in forms as diverse as narrative and poetry, cinema, music, and journalism. Students will also focus on specific grammatical and stylistic issues in order to improve their fluency in Italian. Course work will consist of frequent essays and student-led discussions.

Prerequisite: Italian 3, or permission of the instructor. Dist: SOC; WCult: W. The staff.

10. Introduction to Italian Literature: Masterworks and Great Issues

10S: 2 10X: 12 09F, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.+

This course will offer a general introduction to Italian literature from the thirteenth century to the present. Topics will vary according to the interests of the instructor, but readings will center on such authors as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Leopardi, Manzoni, Pirandello, and Svevo.

In 10S, Italian Literature through Art, Music, the Stage, and the Screen. This interdisciplinary course examines Italian culture across the centuries. As we read literary texts we will also consider their use in the visual arts, music, theater, and film. Topics will include: Boccaccio in music and visual arts, Petrarch and the madrigal, Michelangelo as poet and poetry in sculpture, Goldoni on the modern stage, Realism in opera, Futurism and the Avant-garde, Neorealism in art and literature. Viazmenski.

Prerequisite: Italian 3, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. The staff.

12. Advanced Writing and Speaking in Italian

09F, 11W, 11S: D.L.S.A.+

An advanced language and composition course in which students will work with a wide range of linguistic and cultural materials in order to achieve competence in Italian grammar, and oral and written expression.

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Dartmouth Advanced Language Study Abroad Program. WCult: W. The staff.

15. Italian Cinema

11S: 2A

Conducted in Italian, this course introduces students to classic Italian cinema, including its history and its predominant genres—from the silent film to comedy and melodrama and thriller. Students will become familiar with Italian cinematic movements such as Neorealism, directors such as Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni, as well as with important concepts in film analysis.

Prerequisite: Italian 3, or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: W.

21. Early Italian Literature and Culture

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

This course will offer an introduction to medieval Italian literature and culture through readings of literary masterworks of the period. The approach will be interdisciplinary: we will consider connections between literary texts and medieval art, music, philosophical currents, and historical events. Themes may include the importance of writing in the vernacular, discourses of love, conceptions of sex roles and gender, personal and political aspirations of the self in society, and the constitution of ideal forms of social organization. Readings will be selected from Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Caterina da Siena, and others.

Prerequisite: Italian 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

22. Humanism and Renaissance

10W: 2

This course explores the extraordinary cultural production of Italy from the late fourteenth to the end of the sixteenth century—the Renaissance. Students will examine broader social and historical contexts through topics such as humanism; attitudes toward the ancient world and the “discovery” of new worlds; developments in the visual arts and in science; court society; sexuality and courtesan culture; gender and family life; religious reform. Genres considered may include essay, dialogue, political treatise, theatre, lyric and epic poetry, letters, and the novella. Authors may include Petrarch, Alberti, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Isabella di Morra, Veronica Franco, Ruzante, Castiglione, Ariosto, Bandello, and Tasso.

Prerequisite: Italian 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Quaintance.

23. Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

This course explores the Baroque culture of crisis and change and the development of the new modes of thought and expression that led to modernity. How the Enlightenment distinguishes itself from earlier periods in Italian culture is approached in investigations of the poetics of the marvelous, the fascination with popular culture, the nuova scienza (“new science”), the eighteenth-century “cult of reason,” debates over freedom and power, social class and identity. Included for consideration will be traditional genres such as lyric poetry, the essay, and the novella, and also new literary and artistic forms such as the fairy tale, women’s writing, travel literature, the commedia dell’arte, prose fiction, and opera. Authors and artists may include Giambattista Basile, Giambattista Marino, Galileo, Arcangela Tarabotti, Isabella Andreini, Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Bernini, Caravaggio, and Carlo Goldoni. There will also be units on the books, visual arts and music of the seventeenth century, with guest lectures and visits to Rauner Special Collections and the Hood Museum.

Prerequisite: Italian 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

24. Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture

Not offered in the period from 09F through 11S

This course examines the changes in literary vision and artistic forms from the beginning of the nineteenth century, through the country’s unification, to the First World War. Emphasis will be placed on Italy’s growing self-awareness as a nation and on analysis of aesthetic and intellectual issues. Particular attention will be given to popular art such as satire, cookbooks, and Verdi’s operas, and to women’s literature as an innovative cultural force. Readings may include Ugo Foscolo, Giacomo Leopardi, Alessandro Manzoni, Giovanni Verga, Marchesa Colombi, Carlo Collodi, Grazia Deledda, and F. T. Marinetti.

Prerequisite: Italian 8 or 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

25. Twentieth and Twenty-first-Century Italian Literature and Culture

10S: 12

This course examines the radical transformation of literary form and vision that characterizes twentieth and twenty-first century Italy with its two World Wars, its colonial conflicts, and the challenges to Italian identity posed by modernization, immigration, and globalization. We will use poetry, fiction, autobiography, political writings, television, documentaries, and film to explore cultural movements such as the avant-garde and neo-realism. Particular contexts may include fascism, the resistance movements, and terrorism. Students will read canonical and non-canonical texts including, for example, recent immigrant and minority writers. Readings and films may include works by Bontempelli, Moravia, Morante, Calvino, Maraini, Fellini, Tornatore, Wertmueller, and Jadelin Mabiala Gambo.

Prerequisite: Italian 8 or 10, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Parati.

33. Dante

(See French and Italian in Translation)

34. Renaissance Studies in Translation

(See French and Italian in Translation)

35. Modern Italian Culture and Society

(See French and Italian in Translation)

81. Seminar

09F: 2 11S: 12

In 09F, Global and Local Migrations: The Case of Italy. This course is devoted to contemporary Italy and the cultural transformations brought by recent immigrations. More than three million migrants from Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and South America live in Italy. This course will be interdisciplinary. The students will read literary texts and analyze Italian laws, sociological issues in migration, and the geography of transmigration in Italy and Europe. Parati.

In 11S, Italian Fairy Tales. A study of Italian fairy tales from the Renaissance to our times. What is a fairy tale? How are Italian tales different from those of other traditions? How and why are tales written and rewritten to entertain, express cultural aspirations and anxieties, and partake in the construction and critique of ideologies and identities? Selections from Basile, Gozzi, Collodi (Pinocchio), Calvino, Rodari, opera, film, and more. Ample opportunities for telling, writing and performing tales. Canepa.

Prerequisite: Italian 10 or 11, or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

85. Independent Reading and Research

All terms: Arrange

Students may arrange a program of study and research with individual faculty members. Open only to Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

88. Senior Independent Reading and Research

All terms: Arrange

A program of individual study directed by a member of the staff. Open only to senior Italian, Italian Studies, and Romance Language (whose primary language is Italian) Majors. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

89. Honors Seminar

All terms: Arrange

Honors students will arrange a program of study and research during any term of the senior year on a tutorial basis with individual faculty members. A thesis, written in Italian, and a public presentation are the normal culmination of this course. A proposal, signed by the faculty advisor, must be submitted to the Departmental Committee on Independent Studies and Honors Theses for approval by the fifth day of classes of the term.

ITALIAN CLUB

Il Circolo Italiano is open to all students interested in Italian language and culture. Weekly gatherings with conversation, music, and refreshments. Special events include films, suppers, and out-of-town excursions.