Fall 2016


ITT3430 – Masterpieces in Italian Literature and culture in translation


Instructor: Silvia Valisa

Email: svalisa@fsu.edu              

Office: DIF 352

Office Phone: (850) 645-8401

Masterpieces of Italian Culture in Translation
Fall Semester 2016

Course Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12:20PM - 1:10PM BEL 0117

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30-3:30 and by appointment – DIF 352

Instructor: Dr. Silvia Valisa svalisa@fsu.edu

In this course we will focus on outstanding literary and artistic works from the Italian peninsula. I will help you read them in critical and analytical ways, without taking the pleasure out of the exploration! While some names might be already familiar to you (Dante, most likely) you might not have heard of the others. And yet, you will discover that it is really possible, indeed very rewarding, to approach works of art so chronologically or spatially far away, and write about them in your own voice.

We will read texts by writers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Sibilla Aleramo and Primo Levi. We will also view and discuss paintings and movies that will help you understand Italian history and its cultural achievements. Lectures and discussions will examine the works within a cultural, social, and historical context. 

May be counted for major or minor credit, satisfies Cultural Practice (LS-CUL) and Diversity in Western Culture Liberal Studies (DIV-YWE) requirements.

ITA 4930-5900 Fall 2016

Italiani, italiane - Gender In Italian Literature

Orario: Lunedì 3:35-6:20, DIF 234

Docente: Silvia Valisa, DIF 352, svalisa@fsu.edu

Orario di ufficio: Lunedì e mercoledì 1:30-3:30 e su appuntamento

Course Description

In questo corso discuteremo alcuni esempi di cultura e letteratura italiana attraverso la lente del genere (gender). Che cos’è il genere? Che cos’è lo studio del genere in letteratura? Perché un approccio di genere è importante per lo studio della letteratura e della cultura italiane?

A partire dal caso della prima poetessa italiana, Compiuta Donzella, e passando poi per i testi di autori e autrici più o meno noti (Dante, Boccaccio, Laura Cereta, Camilla Faà Gonzaga, Veronica Franca), fino a due espressioni narrative moderne (i romanzi di Igino Ugo Tarchetti e della Marchesa Colombi), questo corso ci aiuterà a discutere le tensioni e contraddizioni del genere e dei generi letterari. Ogni settimana combineremo l’attenzione alla comprensione del testo allo studio di stile, contenuto e contesto. Durante la nostra “pausa visiva”, avremo anche l’opportunità di capire come uno stesso soggetto iconografico (il personaggio biblico di Giuditta) possa essere rapresentato e raccontato in modi così diversi da artisti in epoche diverse.

ITT 3523 - Italian Cinema


Time: Mondays 3:35 pm-5:50 pm, Wednesdays 3:35pm-4:25pm

Location: RBB332

Instructor: Dr. Irene Zanini-Cordi     izaninicordi@fsu.edu

Office Hours: M & W, 12:35pm-1:35 pm, and by appointment in 303A Diffenbaugh

This course offers an introduction to Italian cinema: history, practices, and protagonists. It satisfies FSU’s writing designation (W), Liberal Studies Cultural Practices (LS-CUL), and Diversity in Western Experience (DIV-YWE). Taught in English.

Course Description:

Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso and its success with the international public could be taken as a double metaphor for Italian people’s love affair with the movies and for the admiration Italian films and directors have inspired abroad. But what made Italian cinema so distinctive and popular?

We will try to answer this by viewing and discussing several representative Italian movies from the last 100 years. We will explore early Italian cinema (silent and during the fascist years), post-World War II neorealism, the Commedia all’italiana of the 1950-60s, and the new film narratives of auteurs such as Fellini, Antonioni, and Wertmuller. We will acquaint ourselves with the ideologically and politically charged landscape of the 1970s and we will explore more recent cinematographic achievements by Matteo Garrone, Paolo Virzi’ and Paolo Sorrentino.

Throughout this course students will have the opportunity of watching a number of extraordinary films. Together, we will review them as both artistic achievements in their own right and as expressions of a specific place and time. We will also discuss how the technical and visual aspects of filmmaking construct cinematographic stories and learn how to analyze single frames and scenes. At the end of this course, students not only will have acquired an appreciation for Italian cinema and expanded their knowledge of Italian culture, but they also will have honed their skills at film analysis and acquired a vocabulary that will enable them to think and write critically about visual artifacts.

ITW 3100: Survey of Italian Literature: From the Origins to the 18th Century &

ITA4450: Advanced Style and Composition


Instructor: Dr. Irene Zanini-Cordi

Office: 303A Diffenbaugh

Classroom: 005 Diffenbaugh

Meeting times: Monday/Wednesday 11:15am – 12:30 pm.

Email: izaninicordi@fsu.edu

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday: 12:35pm-1:35 pm., and by appointment

Course Description:

    This course is intended to provide a chronological survey of Italian literature from the origins to the Eighteenth century. We will explore the development of medieval, renaissance and baroque Italy through the study of poetry, prose and theatre. Particular emphasis will be given to the literary and artistic life of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Enlightenment. Lectures and class discussion will consider the works within a cultural, social, and historical context.

   In addition, this course will have a grammar-review component and, most importantly, it will focus on improving students’ writing and composition skills in Italian. 

ITA 4500/5505 Italian Culture and Civilization

Prof. Mark Pietralunga

This course will focus on salient topics of Italy’s culture and civilization. To immerse oneself in Italy’s history and culture is to go back to the roots of Western civilization. In the course we will attempt to answer the following questions: How did the qualities of ‘Italianità” that make Italy unique and a model of the Western civilization arise in history and how does one define “Italian identity?” 

 In order to address the phenomenon of Italy in all its grandeur and diversity and what it means to be “Italian,” this course will begin by looking at the country’s extraordinary geographical position as well as its Roman legacy and Catholic heritage

The course will then examine the contribution of Italian literature to the formation of a national identity and consciousness. In this context we will read representative writings by such prominent literary and cultural (and political) voices as San Francesco, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Alfieri, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni, Verga, and Carducci. We will also explore the effect that the unification, fascism, and postwar developments had on Italian identity and the Italian language. The diversity of Italy’s regions, the North/South Question, the economic boom and the immigration issue will also be highlighted in the course’s readings and discussions.