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Ital 304 A: Issues And Perspectives In Italian Studies

Meeting Time: 
MW 3:30pm - 5:20pm
Location: 
DEN 113
SLN: 
15529
Instructor:
Beatrice Arduini

Syllabus Description:

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ITAL 304 Issues and Perspectives in Italian Studies Spring 2018

Prof. Beatrice Arduini

Email: barduini@uw.edu

Class meets: MW 3:30-5:20 DEN 113

Course description: What is “Italian Studies?” What are the objects of study, forms of knowledge and types of skills that a student majoring or minoring in Italian can expect to acquire? This course aims both to provide answers to those questions and give students an opportunity to acquire some of that knowledge and apply the skills in question. Students will be introduced to the major fields of inquiry in Italian Studies. We will learn to conduct research in Italian Studies using both library and special collection resources as well as digital search engines and archives. Students will have the opportunity to construct, research, annotate, write and peer review a research paper and bibliography in Italian Studies.

Course goals:

Develop broader awareness of Italian literature/culture

Continue to develop reading skills in authentic materials

Develop critical writing skills

Continue to develop critical analysis skills

Continue to develop spoken Italian

Introduce research skills

Conduct a short research presentation (alone or with a partner)

Develop a longer research paper (alone)

Responsibilities/Assignments and final grade percentages:

* Class participation: since learning in this course is a collaborative enterprise, students will be expected to make informed contributions to class discussions (10%).

*Weekly 1-page response papers (responding to a scholarly article, or a brief analysis of a short piece of literature) - to develop reading and writing + ability to identify the main point of a text (15%).

*Midterm exam to test broad knowledge of major concepts (short answers), ability to read and analyze seen material (reading comprehension), ability to connect major ideas within a text or texts (short essay) (20%).

*In-class research presentation (guiding the rest of the class in a brief summary of scholarly reading or literary text) to develop spoken Italian + ability to present a topic + ability to identify and summarize the main point (10%), including written critique of scholarly article (10%), and visual presentation to the class (5%) (25%).

*Written essay (4-6 pages), original version + corrected and revised version - to develop critical reading and writing in Italian (30%).

 

Course Schedule: (tentative!)

Lunedí 26 marzo           Introduction: What is Italian Studies?

                                      Sabrina Tatta (Undergraduate Academic Counselor):

                                      grants and research opportunities for undergraduate students

 

  1. What are the Objects and Methods of Italian Studies

Mercoledí 28 marzo     What is a Text? Text, history, language, society

-Primary Texts: Poetry excerpts, Guido Cavalcanti, sonnet 18: “Noi siàn le tristi penne”

-Secondary Text: Maria Corti, Il cammino della letteratura (Bompiani, 1993), ch. 1, "Lingua italiana, lingua letteraria, lingua di un testo," 31-32; ch. 2, “Lettura di testi poetici,” 40-47.

-Other examples and secondary sources: Dante Alighieri, “Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare;” Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron VI.1; Alessandro Baricco, Next. La scrittura e l’interpretazione (Palumbo, 1999), "Come leggere un testo letterario," 3-10; Il materiale e l’immaginario, “Il testo poetico,88-99.

 

Lunedí 2 aprile            Resources: The Library: Guided Tour of Resources with Italian Studies Librarian Deb Raftus (draftus@uw.edu), and visit to Special Collections with Book Arts and Rare Books Curator Sandra Kroupa (skroupa@uw.edu), and

 

Mercoledí 4 aprile       NO CLASS

                        

Lunedí 9 aprile            Italian Studies: new directions?

Examples (not exhaustive!): Digital Humanities, Ecocriticism, Graphic novels, Italian and Italian American History, Italian Dialect Literature, Migrant Literature

-Secondary Text: Theodore Cachey, “America amica-amara: sugli studi di letteratura italiana nell'America del nord," La Rassegna della letteratura italiana, Anno 120° SERIE IX N. 1-2, gennaio-dicembre, 2016, pp. 159-185.  Il poeta e la natura: Francesco Petrarca, Solo e pensoso i più deserti campi, e Giacomo Leopardi, L'infinito

 

Mercoledí 11 aprile     Quadro linguistico dell'Italia attuale: dove si parla italiano, pp. 221-2

                                      I dialetti e gli italiano regionali, pp. 226-31

 

Lunedí 16 aprile          I "nuovi italiani" dagli anni ’90 a oggi: il trattato di Schengen e la riforma dell’immigrazione

                                   Letteratura migrante in Italia: Pap Khouma (1957), "El ghibli": la scrittura degli emigranti

                                   

Mercoledí 18 aprile     Where Do Migrants Live?

Amara Lakhous (1970), Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a piazza Vittorio: romanzo

Igiaba Scego (1974), Salsicce, in Pecore nere

 

Lunedí 23 aprile          Advertising and Language Manipulation: “Fashioning Sicily”

-Primary Texts: Dieci anni di Dolce e Gabbana (selections on course website); Dolce e Gabbana commercials (selections on course website [YouTube])

-Secondary Texts: Ilya Parkins, Poiret, Dior, and Schiaparelli (Berg, 2012), pages 1-4: “Women and the Time of Modern Fashion” (on Canvas); Ann Rosalind Jones and Peter Stallybrass, Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (Cambridge UP, 2001), pages 1-11: “Introduction”

 

Mercoledí 25 aprile      La canzone d'autore: Francesco Ciabattoni, La citazione è sintomo d'amore. Cantautori italiani e memoria letteraria. Carocci, 2016.

 

Lunedí 30 aprile           Opera: Baroque, Romantic, Veristic

-Primary Texts: Aida, opera in quattro atti di Giuseppe Verdi su libretto di Antonio Ghislanzoni

-Secondary Text: Testi e storia della letteratura (Paravia, 2011), 113-114; Letteratura italiana. Storia, forme, testi, 441-46

-Aida, Seattle Opera, May 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, & 19, 2018

 

Mercoledí 2 maggio      Examination on objects and methods

 

Lunedí 7 maggio          Presentations

 

Mercoledí 9 maggio   Beyond Access: Remediating and Curating Simon Fraser University Library’s Aldines Online, a talk by John Maxwell and Alessandra Bordini (CMU 202/204)

https://frenchitalian.washington.edu/calendar#/?i=1

 

  1. What are the resources and building blocks of a research project in Italian Studies

Reading materials: La scrittura e l’interpretazione, "Guida alla composizione (La relazione espositiva; La relazione argomentativa; Il tema di attualità; Il saggio breve; L'analisi del testo)," 11-48

 

Lunedí 14 maggio         Understanding the components of the research essay: defining the question / constructing an argument / abstract—notes—bibliography

                                  

                        Individual meetings with professor

 

Mercoledí 16 maggio     Italian texts in the digital era: using search engines and visiting digital archives. Digital resources [part 1]: Decameron Web, Dante Alighieri websites

 

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  1. Writing the Research Paper

 

Lunedí 21 maggio         Draft of argument and annotated bibliography

 

Mercoledí 23 maggio    Work on essay and discussion in class

 

One more individual consultation with professor and beginning the editing process

 

Lunedí 28 maggio Memorial Day NO CLASS

 

Mercoledí 30 maggio    Italian texts in the digital era: digital resources [part 2]

Petrarchive: An Edition of Petrarch's Songbook; Online Handbook for Italian Paleography 1300-1600 (con Isabella Magni)

http://dcl.slis.indiana.edu/petrarchive/newindex.php

https://www.newberry.org/newberry-create-website-italian-paleography-tra...

 

Finals Week: Final Paper due on Wednesday June 6 (online submission on Canvas)

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Catalog Description: 
For students majoring or minoring in Italian. Introduces objects of study (literature, cinema, popular culture, etc.) and forms of knowledge, methods of analysis, and types of skills to be acquired. Taught in Italian. Offered: A.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 10:21pm
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