Beginners level: Intermediate Language - 20 credits
This module provides instruction in written, oral and aural elements of the language, through a variety of classroom activities and home assignments. Students also perform a wide range of exercises in spoken and written Italian based on the course book. There are language laboratory classes and use is also made of CALL and satellite facilities. Classes are mainly conducted in Italian.
Advanced level: Advanced Language - 20 credits
This module provides instruction in written, oral and aural elements of the language, through a variety of classroom activities and home assignments. Students also perform a wide range of exercises in spoken and written Italian based on the course book. There are language laboratory classes and use is also made of CALL and satellite facilities. Classes are conducted in Italian.
Dante’s Comedy and its World
The modules look at the story-telling aspects of Dante’s poem, at its spiritual message and dramatic presentation as well as at the religious and political themes characterising the European Middle Ages. As Virgil and Beatrice guide the pilgrim through the mysteries of the Other World, from the dark forest to the celestial beauty of the Empyrean, so the course aims to guide the students in discovering the fascination of Dante’s own world, a world that encompasses personal experience, historical analysis, classical traditions and Christian faith in the highest synthesis ever attempted in Western Literature. To fully appreciate the “divine” poetry of the “Father of the Italian language”, passages from the original text will be read, analysed and discussed in class.
The Italian Courts
This module aims to introduce the literature and art of the Italian Renaissance by focussing on two of its leading courts: Ferrara and Florence. Following an overview of the intellectual and aesthetic structures underpinning the courts in question, we will examine closely the work of some of their leading protagonists. The aim is to encourage appreciation of the literary and artistic accomplishment of the Italian Renaissance, to foster an understanding of the profound interconnections and rivalries between and within its courts, and to highlight the continued relevance of the period today. Students should begin to understand how writers like Ariosto,Tasso and Machiavelli, and artists like Francesco del Cossa, Gozzoli and Michelangelo develop and adapt their chosen genres to reflect the ideals and values of contemporary society.
Introduction to Summarising in Italian Translation into English
In the first Semester this course will introduce students to the notion of text and to the idea that texts can be categorised according to purpose, content, style, etc. Students will analyse and compare different types of parallel texts in English and Italian, observing both linguistic and stylistic differences, and will learn to discriminate between essential and accessory elements and characteristics. In the light of this analysis, students will begin to practise the technique of summarising English texts into Italian. The texts chosen will be of a suitable level of difficulty and will offer the opportunity for further linguistic and stylistic improvement in Italian. In the second Semester, students will be introduced to the notion of equivalence in translation, in its various aspects (at word level, at grammatical, lexical, syntactical, pragmatical level, etc.).This notion will be exemplified through the observation and analysis of parallel texts. Students will practise such notions in the translation into English of suitably challenging Italian texts.
20th Century Theatre and Film
This module will focus on significant developments in Italian theatre over the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The module traces the shifts in theatrical style and in the issues explored on the stage across this period. Texts studied range from early 20th challenges to the bourgeois drama of the late nineteenth century such as futurist and ‘grotesque’ drama, to political theatre of the 1960s and 70s. Students will be introduced to these forms of theatre in relation to their socio-cultural contexts and to the European background. They will explore the relationship between issues tackled, theatrical approach and contemporary events. They will also engage with relevant theoretical and critical approaches to theatre as a cultural medium. Where possible, plays will be studied in performance.
In the second semester, this module will focus on the development of Italian film from the first years of the 20th century until the present day. It deals with cinema within a socio-political context, taking account of major events and developments, like Fascism, Italian terrorism and Berlusconi’s government. It also explores the developments in filmic medium, style and genre, touching on major highpoints for the cinema industry: the golden age of silent cinema (Cabiria); neorealism (Rossellini; De Santis); international auteur cinema of the 60s and 70s (Fellini, Antonioni, Bertolucci); contemporary filmmakers (Nanni Moretti, Bellocchio). Each week, we analyse one film as an example of the kind of filmmaking popular in a particular period, or of a genre. The course will also introduce students to key approaches to analysing films.