Italian Cultural Studies

Departmental Office: 502 Hamilton; 212-854-2308
http://italian.columbia.edu/

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Asst. Prof. Konstantina Zanou, 513 Hamilton; 212-854-0747; kz2269@columbia.edu

A major in Italian offers students the opportunity to study Italian literature and culture in an intimate, seminar setting with the close supervision of the department’s faculty. In addition, the prerequisite and corequisite sequence of language courses is designed to give students a command of written and spoken Italian.

Majors must complete 30 points and concentrators must complete 24 points. All majors and concentrators are required to take two semesters of Advanced Italian (ITAL UN3335 Advanced Italian-ITAL UN3336 Advanced Italian II: Italian Language Culture, ITAL UN3337 Advanced Italian Through Cinema, or ITAL UN3338 Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between) as well as one of the following two sequences:

  • Introduction to Italian Literature I and II (ITAL UN3333-ITAL UN3334) provides an overview of major authors and works in the Italian literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present;
  • Italian Cultural Studies I and II (ITAL GU4502-ITAL GU4503) is an interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society from national unification in 1860 to the present.

In consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, majors select six additional courses (concentrators select four additional courses) from the department’s 3000- or 4000-level offerings or from other humanities and social science departments with a focus on Italian culture. Students who have taken courses in Italian Literature, Italian History, and/or Italian Culture while abroad should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine if the courses may be applicable to the major.

Highly motivated students have the opportunity to pursue a senior thesis under the guidance of a faculty adviser in an area of Italian literature or culture of their choosing. The senior thesis tutorial, ITAL UN3993 Senior Thesis/Tutorial, will count for 3 points.

Departmental courses taught entirely in English do not have linguistic prerequisites and students from other departments who have interests related to Italian culture are especially welcome to enroll.

Italian language instruction employs a communicative approach that integrates speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Courses make use of materials that help students to learn languages not just as abstract systems of grammar and vocabulary but as living cultures with specific content. Across the levels from elementary to advanced, a wide range of literary, cultural and multimedia materials, including books, film, and opera, supplement the primary course text.

The sequence in elementary and intermediate Italian enables students to fulfill the College’s foreign language requirement and thoroughly prepares them for advanced study of language and for literature courses taught in Italian. Specialized language courses allow students to develop their conversational skills.

For highly motivated students, the department offers intensive elementary and intensive intermediate Italian, both of which cover a full year of instruction in one semester. Courses in advanced Italian, although part of the requirements for a major or a concentration in Italian, are open to any qualified student whose main goal is to improve and perfect their competence in the language.

Outside the classroom, the Department of Italian organizes a weekly Caffè e conversazione where students at all levels can converse with fellow students and faculty members over Italian espresso and cookies. Students can also attend the Serata al cinema, Italian film viewings scheduled in the evening throughout the academic year, in which faculty and graduate students introduce each film and then conclude with a question and answer session. In addition, the student-run Società Italiana (culasocieta@gmail.com) organizes events such as pasta-making workshops, movie nights, and costume parties.

Advanced Placement

The department grants 3 credits for a score of 5 on the AP Italian Language exam, which satisfies the foreign language requirement. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of a 3000-level (or higher) course with a grade of B or higher. This course must be for at least 3 points of credit and be taught in Italian. Courses taught in English may not be used for language AP credit. The department grants 0 credits for a score of 4 on the AP Italian Language exam, but the foreign language requirement is satisfied.

Casa Italiana

A wide range of cultural programs are sponsored by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, located in Casa Italiana. These programs, which include the activities of the Columbia Seminar on Modern Italian Studies and the Italian Academy Film Festival, enrich the learning experience of the student and offer opportunities to meet distinguished Italian and Italian-American visitors to the University. The Paterno book collection is housed in Butler Library and contains valuable resources on Italian literature and culture.

For inquiries into the department and its undergraduate and graduate degrees offered, please contact 212-854-2308 or italian@columbia.edu.

Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center (LRC) provides resources for intensive practice in pronunciation, diction, and aural comprehension of some twenty-five modern languages. LRC exercises are closely coordinated with the classroom's work.

Coordinated tape programs and on-line audio are available and mandatory for students registered in elementary and intermediate Italian language courses. Taped exercises in pronunciation and intonation, as well as tapes of selected literary works, are also available to all students in Italian courses.

Electronic Classrooms

Language instruction courses meet at least once a week in a multimedia-equipped electronic classroom in order to facilitate exposure to Italian arts such as music, opera, and film, and for other pedagogical uses.

Departmental Honors

Majors in Italian literature or Italian cultural studies who wish to be considered for departmental honors in Italian must: (1) have at least a 3.6 GPA in their courses for the major; and (2) complete a senior thesis or tutorial and receive a grade of at least A- within the context of the course ITAL UN3993 Senior Thesis/Tutorial. Normally no more than one graduating senior receives departmental honors in a given academic year.

Professors

Teodolinda Barolini
Jo Ann Cavallo (Chair)
Elizabeth Leake

Associate Professor

Nelson Moe (Barnard)

Assistant Professor

Pier Mattia Tommasino (on leave 2016-17)
Konstantia Zanou

Senior Lecturers

  • Maria Luisa Gozzi
  • Carol Rounds (Hungarian)
  • Barbara Spinelli

Lecturers

  • Felice Italo Beneduce
  • Federica Franze
  • Patrizia Palumbo
  • Alessandra Saggin

Guidelines for all Italian Majors and Concentrators

The courses in the Department of Italian are designed to develop the student’s proficiency in all the language skills and to present the literary and cultural traditions of Italy. The program of study is to be planned as early as possible with the director of undergraduate studies. Students are advised to meet with the director of undergraduate studies each semster in order to obtain program approval.

For students with no knowledge of Italian, the required language course sequence is:

ITAL UN1101
 - ITAL UN1102
Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II
ITAL UN2101
 - ITAL UN2102
Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II

For students planning to enroll in Intensive Italian courses, a minimum of three semesters of Italian language instruction is required, such as:

ITAL UN1121
 - ITAL UN2101
 - ITAL UN2102
Intensive Elementary Italian
and Intermediate Italian I
and Intermediate Italian II
ITAL UN1101
 - ITAL UN1102
 - ITAL UN1203
Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II
and Intensive Intermediate Italian
ITAL UN1121
 - ITAL UN1203
Intensive Elementary Italian
and Intensive Intermediate Italian
And one of the following courses:
ITAL UN3335Advanced Italian
ITAL UN3336Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture
ITAL UN3337Advanced Italian Through Cinema
ITAL UN3338Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between

Italian language proficiency equivalent to the elementary and intermediate sequence may be demonstrated by the departmental placement test, offered before the start of every semester; with a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination; or with a score of 780 or higher on the SAT II Subject Test in Italian.

As noted above, courses given entirely in English do not have linguistic prerequisites; students planning a major in Italian may enroll in such courses before completing the language prerequisite for the major or concentration.


Major in Italian

Please read Guidelines for all Italian Majors and Concentrators above.

Requirements

The major in Italian literature requires a minimum of 30 points in Italian courses numbered above the intermediate level, i.e., above ITAL UN2121, to include the following:

Two semesters of Advanced Italian
ITAL UN3335
 - ITAL UN3336
Advanced Italian
and Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture
Two semesters of Italian Literature
ITAL UN3333
 - ITAL UN3334
Introduction To Italian Literature, I
and Introduction To Italian Literature, II
- OR -
Two Semesters of Italian Culture
ITAL GU4502
 - ITAL GU4503
Italian Cultural Studies I: From Unification to World War I
and Italian Cultural Studies II: From World War I to the Present
Additional Courses
Select at least two other courses from the department's GU4000-level courses.
In consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, the remaining courses may be selected from the department's 3000- or 4000-level offerings or from other humanities and social science departments with a focus on Italian literature or culture.
ITAL UN3993Senior Thesis/Tutorial (or another course in Italian literature or culture)

Native speakers and students with superior proficiency (as demonstrated by a departmental exam) may replace the Advanced Italian sequence with six points of Italian literature courses of their choice.

Period Distribution

At least two courses that cover material before 1700 and two courses that cover material after 1700.



Concentration in Italian

Please read Guidelines for all Italian Majors and Concentrators above.

Requirements

The concentration in Italian literature requires a minimum of 24 points in Italian courses numbered above the intermediate level, i.e., above ITAL UN2121, to include the following:

Two semesters of Advanced Italian
ITAL UN3335
 - ITAL UN3336
Advanced Italian
and Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture
or ITAL UN3337 Advanced Italian Through Cinema
or ITAL UN3338 Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between
Two semesters of Italian Literature
ITAL UN3333
 - ITAL UN3334
Introduction To Italian Literature, I
and Introduction To Italian Literature, II
- OR -
Two Semesters of Italian Culture
ITAL GU4502
 - ITAL GU4503
Italian Cultural Studies I: From Unification to World War I
and Italian Cultural Studies II: From World War I to the Present
Additional Courses
Select at least two other courses from the department's GU4000-level courses.
In consultation with the director of undergraduate studies, the remaining courses may be selected from the department's 3000- or 4000-level offerings or from other humanities and social science departments with a focus on Italian literature or culture.

Italian Courses

ITAL UN1101 Elementary Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Same course as ITAL V1101-V1102.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/26813 M W F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Kent Hall
Alex Cuadrado 4 11/16
ITAL 1101 002/73498 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
313 Hamilton Hall
Tylar Colleluori 4 14/16
ITAL 1101 003/10758 M W F 10:10am - 11:25am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 10/16
ITAL 1101 004/17673 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
404 Hamilton Hall
Isabella Livorni 4 9/16
ITAL 1101 005/66836 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Catherine Bloomer 4 14/16
ITAL 1101 006/13089 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 11/16
ITAL 1101 007/22011 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Marco Sartore 4 6/16
ITAL 1101 008/63470 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 16/16
Spring 2018: ITAL UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1101 001/70287 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Beatrice Mazzi 4 16/16
ITAL 1101 002/71361 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
511 Hamilton Hall
Margaret Scarborough 4 15/16

ITAL UN1102 Elementary Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1101 or the equivalent.

Introduction to Italian grammar, with emphasis on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/71728 M T W Th 9:00am - 9:50am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Margaret Scarborough 4 1/16
ITAL 1102 002/12675 M T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16
Spring 2018: ITAL UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1102 001/77506 M W F 8:40am - 9:55am
316 Hamilton Hall
Alex Cuadrado 4 9/16
ITAL 1102 002/22818 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
507 Hamilton Hall
Tylar Colleluori 4 14/16
ITAL 1102 003/21449 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Claudia Sbuttoni 4 1/16
ITAL 1102 004/61147 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:00am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Isabella Livorni 4 8/16
ITAL 1102 005/62436 M T W Th 12:10pm - 1:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Catherine Bloomer 4 15/16
ITAL 1102 006/29996 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Christina Mcgrath 4 12/16
ITAL 1102 007/64474 T Th F 1:10pm - 2:25pm
254 International Affairs Bldg
Marco Sartore 4 3/16
ITAL 1102 008/71513 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 4 14/16

ITAL UN1112 Elementary Conversation II. 2 points.

Prerequisites: Sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor. Recommended corequisite courses: UN1101-1102 or UN1121

Intensive practice in pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension of the spoken language, and conversation. Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements.

ITAL UN1121 Intensive Elementary Italian. 6 points.

Limited enrollment.

No previous knowledge of Italian required. An intensive course that covers two semesters of elementary Italian in one, and prepares students to move into Intermediate Italian. Grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. May be used to fulfill the language requirement only if followed by an additional two (2) semesters of Italian language. ITAL V1201x-V1202y, or ITALV1203y and ITAL V3333, V3334, V3335, or V3336, for a total of three(3) semesters of Italian Language.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1121 001/12635 T Th F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Spinelli 6 9/16
Spring 2018: ITAL UN1121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1121 001/22901 T Th F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Spinelli 6 8/16

ITAL UN1201 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

Same course as ITAL V1201-V1202.

ITAL UN1203 Intensive Intermediate Italian. 6 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or the equivalent, with a grade of B+ or higher.

An intensive course that covers two semesters of intermediate Italian in one, and prepares students for advanced language and literature study. Grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural materials. This course may be used to fulfill the language requirement if preceded by both V1101 and V1102. Students who wish to use this course for the language requirement, and previously took Intensive Elementary, are also required to take at least one of the following: ITAL V3333, V3334, V3335, or V3336, for a total of three (3) semesters of Italian Language.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1203 001/24761 M T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
522a Kent Hall
Maria Luisa Gozzi 6 5/16

ITAL UN1221 Intermediate Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1112 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V1201-V/W1202 or ITAL W1201-W1202.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Intensive practice in the spoken language, assigned topics for class discussions, and oral reports.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1221
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1221 001/29114 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
254 International Affairs Bldg
Barbara Spinelli 2 6/16

ITAL UN1222 Intermediate Conversation II. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1221 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V1201-V/W1202 or ITAL W1201-W1202.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Intensive practice in the spoken language, assigned topics for class discussions, and oral reports.

Spring 2018: ITAL UN1222
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1222 001/60559 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522b Kent Hall
Barbara Spinelli 2 5/15

ITAL UN1311 Advanced Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1222 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V3335x-V3336y.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Practice in the spoken language through assigned topics on contemporary Italian culture.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN1311
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1311 001/73692 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 2 6/16

ITAL UN1312 Advanced Conversation II. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL UN2102 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements.,This course is designed for students who have attended four semesters of Italian language, mastered the grammatical structure of the language and are ready to expand and enlarge their language skills. A particular emphasis will be put on oral production, on listening and on reading: in class and at home the students will analyze various kinds of text and genres. In-class time is dedicated to speaking and practicing Italian through a combination of group-based and individual activities, focusing on a wide range of contemporary cultural themes through the use of varied materials such as newspaper articles, advertising material and short film clips. We will focus also on grammatical structures, language functions and activities to expand the vocabulary

Spring 2018: ITAL UN1312
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 1312 001/26016 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 2 9/16

ITAL UN2101 Intermediate Italian I. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or W1102, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/69513 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
511 Hamilton Hall
Luca Naponiello 4 3/16
ITAL 2101 002/13056 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
507 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 12/16
ITAL 2101 003/61087 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
511 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 8/16
ITAL 2101 004/71804 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 005/61287 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Kiviat 4 9/16
ITAL 2101 006/21458 M T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 7/16
Spring 2018: ITAL UN2101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2101 001/74461 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
509 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 7/16
ITAL 2101 002/67557 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 5/16

ITAL UN2102 Intermediate Italian II. 4 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1201 or W1201, or the equivalent. If you did not take Elementary Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

A review of grammar, intensive reading, composition, and practice in conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural material. Lab: hours to be arranged. ITAL V1202 fulfils the basic foreign language requirement and prepares students for advanced study in Italian language and literature.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/73978 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
509 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 4 9/16
ITAL 2102 002/17047 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
509 Hamilton Hall
Beatrice Mazzi 4 8/16
Spring 2018: ITAL UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2102 001/15830 T Th F 8:40am - 9:55am
613 Hamilton Hall
Luca Naponiello 4 2/16
ITAL 2102 002/12083 M T W Th 9:10am - 10:00am
407 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 8/16
ITAL 2102 003/23626 T Th F 10:10am - 11:25am
507 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 4 5/16
ITAL 2102 004/16069 M W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Lorenzo Mecozzi 4 12/16
ITAL 2102 005/64994 T Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Nicole Kiviat 4 9/16
ITAL 2102 006/24866 M T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Alessandra Saggin 4 8/16

ITAL UN2121 Intensive Intermediate Italian. 6 points.

Limited enrollment.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1102 or the equivalent, with a grade of B+ or higher.

An intensive course that covers two semesters of intermediate Italian in one, and prepares students for advanced language and literature study. Grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. Exploration of literary and cultural materials. This course may be used to fulfill the language requirement if preceded by both V1101 and V1102. Students who wish to use this course for the language requirement, and previously took Intensive Elementary, are also required to take at least one of the following: ITAL V3333, V3334, V3335, or V3336, for a total of three (3) semesters of Italian Language.

Spring 2018: ITAL UN2121
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 2121 001/83699 M T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Maria Luisa Gozzi 6 5/16

ITAL UN2221 Intermediate Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL W1112 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V1201-V/W1202 or ITAL W1201-W1202.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Intensive practice in the spoken language, assigned topics for class discussions, and oral reports.

ITAL UN3311 Advanced Conversation. 2 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL UN2222 or sufficient fluency to satisfy the instructor.
Corequisites: Recommended: ITAL V3335x-V3336y.

Conversation courses may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or fulfill major or concentration requirements. Practice in the spoken language through assigned topics on contemporary Italian culture.

ITAL UN3333 Introduction To Italian Literature, I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Intermediate Italian II ITAL UN2102 or the equivalent.

UN3334x-UN3333y is the basic course in Italian literature.

,

UN3333: This course, entirely taught in Italian, introduces you to Medieval and early modern Italian literature. It will give you the opportunity to test your ability as a close-reader and discover unusual and fascinating texts that tell us about the polycentric richness of the Italian peninsula. We will read poems, tales, letters, fiction and non-fiction, travel writings and political pamphlets. The great “Three Crowns” - Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio -  as well as renowned Renaissance authors such as Ludovico Ariosto and Niccolò Machiavelli, will show us the main path to discover Italian masterpieces and understand the European Renaissance. But we will also explore China with Marco Polo and the secrets of the Medieval soul diving into the mystical poems by Jacopone da Todi. We will study parody and laughter through the “poesia giocosa” (parodic poetry) by Cecco Angiolieri and the legacy of Humanism through the letters of Poggio Bracciolini. This first overview will allow you to explore Italian literature from its complex and multicultural beginnings to its diffusion across Europe during the Renaissance.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3333
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3333 001/25274 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
305 Union Theological Seminary
Pier Mattia Tommasino 3 5/18

ITAL UN3334 Introduction To Italian Literature, II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL UN2102 or the equivalent.

UN3334-UN3333 is the basic course in Italian literature. UN3334: Authors and works from the Cinquecento to the present. Taught in Italian.

Spring 2018: ITAL UN3334
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3334 001/77578 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
501 Hamilton Hall
Pier Mattia Tommasino 3 2/18

ITAL UN3335 Advanced Italian. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL V1202 or W1202 or the equivalent. If you did not take Intermediate Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

Written and oral self-expression in compositions and oral reports on a variety of topics; grammar review.  Required for majors and concentrators.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3335
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3335 001/69255 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Felice Beneduce 3 10/16

ITAL UN3336 Advanced Italian II: Italian Language & Culture. 3 points.

Prerequisites: ITAL V3335

Advanced reading, writing, speaking with emphasis on authentic cultural materials. Topic and semester theme varies.

Spring 2018: ITAL UN3336
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3336 001/12743 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Patrizia Palumbo 3 4/16

ITAL UN3337 Advanced Italian Through Cinema. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).

Prerequisites: ITAL V3335.

Students will develop advanced language competence while analyzing and discussing Italian film comedies and their reflection of changing Italian culture and society. Films by Monicelli, Germi, Moretti, Wertmuller, Soldini and others.

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3337
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3337 001/29569 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
522b Kent Hall
Federica Franze 3 4/16

ITAL UN3338 Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between. 3 points.

"Italiana. Introduction to Italian Culture, the High, the Low, and the In-between" aims at expanding the students' knowledge of Italian culture and improving and refining their language skills, through writing, reading, speaking, and listening. This is a content based course in which the students familiarize with the most crucial moments of Italian history and are exposed to the issues that are currently debated in Italy, such as national identity, immigration, emigration, homoparental family, and the truthfulness or deceptiveness of the brand Made in Italy. Naturally, considerable attention is given to the distinctive geographical, economical, and cultural traits of Italian regions and their cities. The students apply their communicative skills in Italian by conversing with the Italian students currently registered at Columbia University and by conducting interviews within New York's Italian communities on the subjects studied and discussed in class.

ITAL UN3339 Learning Italian in Class and Online: A Telecollaboration with Italy. . 3 points.

Prerequisites: (ITAL UN2102) ITAL UN2102 or the equivalent. If you did not take Intermediate Italian at Columbia in the semester preceding the current one, you must take the placement test, offered by the Italian Department at the beginning of each semester.

The aim of the course is the intensive practice in the spoken and written language, through topics on current cultural issues assigned for in class and online discussions. Students will learn about current events through a varied selection of written and visual texts such as newspaper articles, authentic videos and in-person interviews. There will be an extensive work on vocabulary and grammar review. The course will be integrated by an online section, which will allow students to engage with the language and the topics selected, also outside of class. In particular, during the second half of the semester, we will partner with the students of a Master’s program in “Teaching Italian to foreigners” at an Italian University, for an unique online exchange program.


At the end of the course, students will have acquired a deeper knowledge of Italian contemporary life and culture, and improved both their written and oral communication skills, within specific socio-pragmatic areas.


Italian is the language of instruction and the use of English is not permitted in class nor during the online lessons.

Spring 2018: ITAL UN3339
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3339 001/26781 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Federica Franze 3 3/16

ITAL UN3590 Anatomy of Fantastic Fiction: The Uncanny, the Monstrous and the Other in Modern and Contemporary Italy. 3 points.

What is a fantastic text and what renders it "scandalous" (R. Caillois)? How do nineteenth-century fantastic tropes and motifs survive in present-day narratives? What assumptions about "real" and "reality" do they reveal? How can fantastic representations of the inexplicable, supernatural and inhuman shape and enrich our understanding of the human mind and the world around us? And finally, why are we so fascinated by that which frightens us? In this course, we will address these and many other questions by looking at short stories, films, TV shows and comic books from the Italian and other traditions, from the 19th century to the present day. The course will be loosely chronological, but will be based mainly around thematic units. Through a comparative approach, we will explore the relationship between the fantastic mode and notions such as the uncanny, the repressed and the unconscious. We will look at our primary texts through an interdisciplinary lens spanning literary theory and genre studies to psychoanalysis and reader-response theory. Some primary texts are only available in Italian; however, accommodations can be made for non- Italian speakers.

ITAL UN3642 Road Trips: Travel in Italian Cinema. 3 points.

This course meets Wednesdays from 6:10-10:00 in 225 Milbank Hall.

Explores the representation of national identity in Italian cinema from the Facist era to the present. Examines how both geography and history are used to construct an image of Italy and the Italians. Special focus on the cinematic representation of travel and journeys between North and South. Films by major neo-realist directors (Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti) as well as by leading contemporaries (Moretti, Amelio).

Fall 2017: ITAL UN3642
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3642 001/02651 W 6:10pm - 10:00pm
225 Milbank Hall
Nelson Moe 3 6/25

ITAL UN3645 Grand Tour in Italy. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Note: Italian is the language of instruction.

Course Description


            This course proposes a virtual tour of the country’s most famous sites, looking at the ways in which what is local and peculiar, diverse and marginal, contributes its distinctive style and character to the overall unity and uniqueness of Italy.  Each week we consider a different aspect of Italy’s richness and variety: from the evolution of its language/s and dialects to its humor; its art and landscapes; the music from ancient times to current pop songs; its cinema and web serials, its cuisine, the contributions of migrants, and much more.


            The course is highly interdisciplinary and will assist students in the development of their linguistic and cultural skills, while tracing the origins of most mainstream Italian cultural phenomena, and imparting an awareness of modern Italy's multiculturalism. 



Fall 2017: ITAL UN3645
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 3645 001/96896 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
404 Hamilton Hall
Maria Luisa Gozzi 3 4/20

ITAL UN3993 Senior Thesis/Tutorial. 3 points.

Prerequisites: the faculty adviser's permission.

Senior thesis or tutorial project consisting of independent scholarly work in an area of study of the student’s choosing, under the supervision of a member of the faculty.

ITAL GU4000 Research In the Humanities: a Practicum On Resources and Methods. 1.5 point.

Introduction to bibliographic resources and their organization in both printed and electronic formats that are fundamental to advanced research.

ITAL GU4005 Rapid Reading and Translation. 3 points.

Restricted to graduate students.

For graduate students and others who need to develop their reading knowledge of Italian. Open to undergraduate students as well, who want a compact survey/review of Italian structures and an approach to translation. Grammar, syntax, and vocabulary review; practice in reading and translating Italian texts of increasing complexity from a variety of fields, depending on the needs of the students. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. Note: this course may not be used to satisfy the language requirement or to fulfill major or concentration requirements.

ITAL GU4019 Italian Histories, Italian Stories: Manzoni, Sciascia and Microhistory. 3 points.

Prerequisites: The class will be in Italian. The knowledge of Italian is required. However, students who understand Italian but prefer to discuss the texts in English are very welcome.

Between 1960 and 1980 Leonardo Sciascia and Italian micro-historians reflected extensively on the relation between history and fiction. How did they relate with nineteenth century Italian historical fiction? How did they use fiction and non-fiction as hermeneutical tools to understand the Italian past, and especially pre-modern Italy? How did Carlo Ginzburg and Leonardo Sciascia read Manzoni? And what did Sciascia find in Natalie Zemon Davis’ books? Are microhistory and global history compatible? What is history from ‘below’? Is it compatible with the history of the ‘in-between’? We will probe these questions of large import for both literary historians and historians through an examination of Alessandro Manzoni’s Storia della Colonna Infame, Italian historical non-fictions, such as Leonardo Sciascia’s inchieste, Nuto Revelli’s Il disperso di Marburg and Wu Ming’s Asce di guerra, and the masterpieces of Italian, European and American microhistory. Also we will explore the impact of Italian Microhistory on both contemporary American historiography and Italian non-fiction. Topics include pre-modern popular culture and literacy, minority and marginality, the Inquisition, individual identity, and the relation between pre-modern Italy, Europe and the global world.

Spring 2018: ITAL GU4019
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4019 001/70217 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 Hamilton Hall
Pier Mattia Tommasino 3 7/30

ITAL GU4022 The Qur'an in Europe. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement

Is the Qur’an translatable? Was the Qur’an translated? Are non Arabic-speaking Muslims allowed to translate the Qur’an? And what about non-Muslims? Did Muslims and non-Muslims collaborate in translating the text of the Qur’an into Latin and European vernaculars? This course focuses on the long history of the diffusion of the Qur’an, the Scripture of the Muslims, and one of the most important texts in the history of humanity. We will focus on reading and translation practices of the Qur’an in Europe and the Mediterranean, from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world. We will explore how European Muslims, such as Iberian moriscos, European Jews, as well as Orthodox, Protestants and Catholics read, copied, collected, translated and printed the Qur’an. We will also explore why the Qur’an was confuted, forbidden, burned and even eaten, drunk and worn along eight centuries of the history of Europe. This long excursus, based on a close reading of the Qur’an and on the discussion of the major themes this close reading proposes, will help us to understand the role of Islam and its revelation in the formation of European societies and cultures.  

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4022
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4022 001/63007 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
233 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Pier Mattia Tommasino 3 30/45

ITAL GU4043 Italian Renaissance Literature and Culture. 3 points.

This course on Italian Renaissance literature and culture will pay special attention to the crossing of boundaries, whether socio-cultural, religious, linguistic, gendered, ethnic, or strictly geographical, in a range of fourteenth- to early seventeenth-century texts in a variety of genres, including travelogue, chivalric epic poetry, comedy, dialogues, and the novella, as well as political, philosophical, and scientific writing. Authors covered include Marco Polo, Leonardo Bruni, Pico della Mirandola, Boiardo, Ariosto, Machiavelli Castiglione, Beolco, Giraldi Cinzio, Tasso, Moderata Fonte, Tarabotti, and Galileo.  In English.

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4043
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4043 001/88007 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Jo Ann Cavallo 3 10/25

ITAL GU4055 Anthropology of Contemporary Italy: Pluralism, Creativity and Identity. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar examines ways in which Italy is understood and represented by Italians and non-Italians. It will analyze the formation of multiple discourses on Italy, how Italian culture and society are imagined, represented and/or distorted. Based on an anthropological perspective, this course will examine ways in which we can understand Italy through the intersections of pluralism, ethnicity, gender, and religion. The course will study how Italy strives for political and economic unity, while there is a concurrent push toward inequality, exclusion, and marginalization. Moreover, the course will analyze the revitalization of nationalism on one hand of regionalism on the other, and will focus on the concepts of territory, identity, and tradition. Short videos that can be watched on computer and alternative readings for those fluent in Italian will be assigned. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4055
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4055 001/13137 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Barbara Faedda 3 9/25

ITAL GU4086 Castiglione and the Italian Renaissance Court. 3 points.

Focus on Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier as educational treatise, philosophical meditation, sociopolitical document, and book of courtly manners; other courtly writings of the period, from Della Casa’s Galateo to Ariosto’s Satires to Bembo’s Asolani. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although comparative literature students who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

Spring 2018: ITAL GU4086
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4086 001/65456 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
617b Hamilton Hall
Jo Ann Cavallo 3 8/30

ITAL GU4089 Petrarch's Canzoniere. 3 points.

This course presents a reading of Petrach's Canzoniere and a theory of the lyric sequence as a genre. In this course we examine Petrarch as he fashions himself authorially, especially in the context of Ovid, Dante, and previous lyric poets. We bring to bear ideas on time and narrative from authors such as Augustine and Ricoeur in order to reconstruct the metaphysical significance of collecting fragments in what was effectively a new genre. We will consider Petrarch's lyric sequence in detail as well as read Petrarch's Secretum and Trionfi. Lectures in English; text in Italian, although students from other departments who can follow with the help of translations are welcome.

ITAL GU4100 Narratives of Modernity. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

In revisiting two major authors of the Italian modern novel, the course investigates the relation between fiction and the "conditions of modernity" (personal risk, anxiety and lack of control on reality, secularization, to name a few). Special attention will be paid to the response of the novelistic discourse to modernity, and to Italy's peculiarly peripheral position in the modern world. Primary texts will be read in Italian, while theoretical references will be in English.

ITAL GU4109 Writing the Self: the Tradition of Autobiography in Italy, 19th-20th Centuries. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Against the backdrop of the heated critical debate on the boundaries and limitations of the autobiographical genre, this course addresses the modern and contemporary tradition of autobiographical writings, focusing in particular (but not exclusively) on exploring and positing the potential difference between male and female autobiographers. More specifically, we will question the adequacy of the traditional model of autobiographical selfhood based on the assumption of unified, universal, exemplary and transcendent self to arrive at an understanding of women's autobiography. Topics to be addressed include: the crisis of the subject, "je est un autre", the "man" with a movie camera, strategies of concealment and disclosures. Authors to be studied include: D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Svevo, Fellini, Moretti, Ortese, Ginzburg, Manzini, Cialente, Ramondino. In Italian

Spring 2018: ITAL GU4109
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4109 001/63138 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
313 Hamilton Hall
Elizabeth Leake 3 6/20

ITAL GU4111 Academic Affairs - Siena Edition. 4 points.

Grad course taught in Siena, Italy.

ITAL GU4185 The Making of Italy: The Risorgimento in Global Context. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Italian is necessary for this course.

This course will examine the history of the Italian Risorgimento by following the major historiographical trends of the recent decades. First, it will approach the Risorgimento through the prism of cultural and intellectual history by investigating a series of topics, such as the discursive  patterns of the ‘Risorgimento canon’, the gendered tropes of nationalism, the creation of a new public sphere through operas, festivals and  plebiscites, the connection of nationalism with religion, and the relation of empire to nation and liberalism. Second, it will look at the  Risorgimento through the eyes of local and regional history by examining local patriotisms, revolutions and civil wars and the division between North and South. Finally, it will offer a new topography of Italian history by placing the Risorgimento in its Mediterranean and global context and by exploring its international aspects: the global icons that it produced (i.e. Garibaldi, Mazzini); the networks of exiles in other Mediterranean and European countries; the war volunteers; and the connection of Italian patriots with the wave of liberalism and revolution that swept the globe from India to Latin America.

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4185
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4185 001/16846 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Konstantia Zanou 3 9/30

ITAL GU4395 Fifty Years of Impatience: The Italian Novel between 1950-2000. 3 points.

The course examines some of the most important novels that belong to Italy's period of major social and economic transformations. Only after WWII Italy finally becomes a modern nation, i.e. a republic based on truly universal suffrage, and an industrialized country. Such accelerated progress, though,causes deep social instability and mobility which obviously results in heavy psychological pressures on the people: adaptation becomes crucial and inevitable. Fiction therefore resumes the task to represent such awkwardness of integration into a modern bourgeois society that, contrarily to its European and American counterpart, is extremely tentative and insecure per se, since it's political identity has extremely precarious grounds. Among other authors, primary readings include Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard and Italo Calvinos's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler. Primary Readings in Italian.

ITAL GU4420 The Window On the World: Reassessing Italian Neorealism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti and other Italian filmmakers challenged modes of film production in vogue in the 1940s and 1950s, both in theoretical and practical terms. This course will analyze both the feature films and the theoretical writings of such directors as those mentioned and others, in order to investigate the modes of representation of reality in the immediate postwar years, their relation to the identity of the newborn Italian Republic, and their significance in post-WWII filmmaking. All readings and lectures in English; Films in Italian or French, with English subtitles.

Spring 2018: ITAL GU4420
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4420 001/65195 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg
Elizabeth Leake 3 12/30

ITAL GU4502 Italian Cultural Studies I: From Unification to World War I. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between Unification in 1860 and the outbreak of World War I. Drawing on novels, historical analyses, and other sources including film and political cartoons, the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

Fall 2017: ITAL GU4502
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4502 001/09528 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
302 Milbank Hall
Nelson Moe 3 5

ITAL GU4503 Italian Cultural Studies II: From World War I to the Present. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).

An interdisciplinary investigation into Italian culture and society in the years between World War I and the present. Drawing on historical analyses, literary texts, letters, film, cartoons, popular music, etc., the course examines some of the key problems and trends in the cultural and political history of the period. Lectures, discussion and required readings will be in English. Students with a knowledge of Italian are encouraged to read the primary literature in Italian.

Spring 2018: ITAL GU4503
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ITAL 4503 001/04473 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
117 Barnard Hall
Nelson Moe 3 3

ITAL GU4725 Pirandello and Modern Drama. 3 points.

The course will examine the foundations of modern drama and stage representation by analysing Luigi Pirandello's plays and theoretical works in close comparison with the major authors and drama theorists of the XIX century, including Bertolt Brecht, August Strinberg, and Jean Genet.

Hungarian Courses

HNGR UN1101 Elementary Hungarian I. 4 points.

Introduction to the basic structures of the Hungarian language. Students with a schedule conflict should consult the instructor about the possibility of adjusting hours.

Fall 2017: HNGR UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 1101 001/77372 T Th 9:10am - 11:00am
501 Hamilton Hall
Carol Rounds 4 2/20

HNGR UN1102 Elementary Hungarian II. 4 points.

Introduction to the basic structures of the Hungarian language. With the instructor's permission the second term of this course may be taken without the first. Students with a schedule conflict should consult the instructor about the possibility of adjusting hours.

Spring 2018: HNGR UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 1102 001/69442 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501 Hamilton Hall
Carol Rounds 4 2/20
HNGR 1102 001/69442 Th 9:10am - 11:00am
408 Hamilton Hall
Carol Rounds 4 2/20

HNGR UN2101 Intermediate Hungarian I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: HNGR UN1101-UN1102 or the equivalent.

Further develops a student's knowledge of the Hungarian language. With the instructor's permission the second term of this course may be taken without the first. Students with a schedule conflict should consult the instructor about the possibility of adjusting hours.

HNGR UN2102 Intermediate Hungarian II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: HNGR W1101-W1102 or the equivalent.

Further develops a student's knowledge of the Hungarian language. With the instructor's permission the second term of this course may be taken without the first. Students with a schedule conflict should consult the instructor about the possibility of adjusting hours.

Spring 2018: HNGR UN2102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 2102 001/24416 T Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
351c International Affairs Bldg
Carol Rounds, Stephane Charitos 4 2/18

HNGR UN3340 Advanced Hungarian Grammar. 3 points.

Prerequisites: HNGR UN2101 or the equivalent.

Advanced Hungarian Grammar focuses on the more complex syntactic/semantic constructions of Hungarian in addition to vocabulary enrichment. Readings in literature, oral presentations, translations, and essays serve to enhance the grammatical material.

HNGR UN3341 Advanced Hungarian II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: HNGR W1201-W1202 and HNGR W3340, or the equivalent.

W3341y has an emphasis on rapid and comprehensive reading of academic materials. In addition to weekly readings, oral presentations and written essays serve to improve fluency in all aspects of Hungarian.

Fall 2017: HNGR UN3341
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 3341 001/12809 T 11:30am - 12:45pm
518 Hamilton Hall
Carol Rounds 3 1/16
HNGR 3341 001/12809 F 9:10am - 10:25am
518 Hamilton Hall
Carol Rounds 3 1/16

HNGR UN3343 Hungarian Descriptive Grammar. 3 points.

This course is designed for those curious about the structure of Hungarian - an unusual language with a complex grammar quite different from English, or, indeed, any Indo -European language. The study of Hungarian, a language of the Finno-Ugric family, offers the opportunity to learn about the phonology of vowel harmony, the syntax of topic-comment discourse, verb agreement with subjects and objects, highly developed case systems and possessive nominal paradigms. In addition to its inflectional profile, Hungarian derivation possibilities are vast, combinatory, and playful. During the semester we will touch upon all the important grammatical aspects of Hungarian and discuss them in relation to general linguistic principles and discourse, and finally, through some text analysis, see them in action. Although the primary discussion will center on Hungarian, we will draw on comparisons to other Finno-Ugric languages, most notably Finnish and Komi; students are encouraged to draw on comparisons with their own languages of interest. No prerequisite. Counts as Core Linguistics.

Spring 2018: HNGR UN3343
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 3343 001/29908 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
610 Lewisohn Hall
Carol Rounds 3 8/18

HNGR GU4028 Modern Hungarian Prose in Translation: Exposing Naked Reality. 3 points.

This course introduces students to representative examples of an essentially robust, reality-bound, socially aware literature. In modern Hungarian prose fiction, the tradition of nineteenth-century "anecdotal realism" remained strong and was further enlivened by various forms of naturalism. Even turn-of-the century and early twentieth-century modernist fiction is characterized by strong narrative focus, psychological realism, and an emphasis on social conditions and local color. During the tumultuous decades of the century, social, political, national issues preoccupied even aesthetics-conscious experimenters and ivory-tower dwellers. Among the topics discussed will be "populist" and "urban" literature in the interwar years, post-1945 reality in fiction, literary memoirs and reportage, as well as late-century minimalist and postmodern trends.

Fall 2017: HNGR GU4028
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
HNGR 4028 001/19782 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
406 Hamilton Hall
Ivan Sanders 3 4/12

HNGR GU4050 The Hungarian New Wave: Cinema in Kadarist Hungary [In English]. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Hungarian cinema, like film-making in Czechoslovakia, underwent a renaissance in the 1960's, but the Hungarian new wave continued to flourish in the 70's and film remained one of the most important art forms well into the 80's. This course examines the cultural, social and political context of representative Hungarian films of the Kadarist period, with special emphasis on the work of such internationally known filmmakers as Miklos Jancso, Karoly Makk, Marta Meszaros, and Istvan Szabo. In addition to a close analysis of individual films, discussion topics will include the "newness"of the new wave in both form and content (innovations in film language, cinematic impressionism, allegorical-parabolic forms, auteurism, etc.), the influence of Italian, French, German and American cinema, the relationship between film and literature, the role of film in the cultures of Communist Eastern Europe, the state of contemporary Hungarian cinema. The viewing of the films will be augmented by readings on Hungarian cinema, as well as of relevant Hungarian literary works.