Graduate Courses in Italian Studies

Unless otherwise indicated, courses are 3 credit hours.

Required courses

FRIT 7600: Teaching World Languages at the College Level: Methods and techniques for teaching French and Italian at the college level.

FRIT 7601: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Tools for conducting research in French and Italian Studies; survey of major theoretical movements in literary and cultural criticism; practical experience in bibliography construction and research-paper writing.

FRIT 8601: Theory and Practice: Focus on one broad area of critical theory in French and Italian Studies each time offered; students read major theorists and write research paper using one or more of critical approaches studied. Possible Topics: Feminist, gender, and queer theories; Film and media theories; Structuralist and poststructuralist theories; Postcolonial and race theories; Narratology; Theories in cultural studies

Core courses

FRIT 8602: Comparative French and Italian Studies: Focuses on a comparative aspect of French and Italian studies. Possible topics: Medieval Literature, Renaissance Culture, Holocaust Cinema, The New Wave and Neorealism, The Enlightenment, Imagining Terrorism.

IT 5331: The History of the Italian Language: Introduction to basic concepts of historical linguistics; exploration of the major factors of change in the history of the Italian language.

IT8221: Studies in Italian Literature: Author. Focus on one Author from any time period such as Tasso, Goldoni, Leopardi, D'Annunzio, Montale, Pasolini.

IT8222: Studies in Italian Literature: Genre. Focus on one genre from one or several time periods such as letters, the Resistance Novel, the scientific or philosophical tract, etc.

IT8223: Studies in Italian Literature: Theme. Focus on one Theme from one or several time periods such as libertinism, the commercial novel, literary iconoclasm, poetry and religion, etc.

IT8224: Studies in Italian Literature: Place. Focus on the interactions between geography and literature in, for example, Trieste, Sicily, the Po Valley, Tuscany.

IT8231: Dante Studies: Focus on variable selection of Dante's work, from early works to the Commedia, as well as cultural contexts. Attention also to the practice of Dante criticism.

IT8232: Love and Religion in the Middle Ages. Focus on secular and/or spiritual love in the Middle Ages. Content varies and can include poetry, devotional prose, medical texts.

IT8233: Boccaccio and the Art of the Short Story. Intensive study of Boccaccio's Decameron with comparison to sources as well as later works such as The Canterbury Tales and the Heptameron.

IT8235: The Renaissance Body. Focus on the notions of the body as form of beauty, as vehicle of the divine, as sinful, in literature and the arts in the Renaissance.

IT8241: Italian Opera. Italian Opera in historical context. Effects of such historical movements as the Renaissance, the risorgimento, and realismo on Italian opera as a literary form.

IT8242: Studies in Italian Culture: Gender and Genre: Examines representations of gender in film, literature, poetry or other media. May focus on one period/issue or address a center or longer time period. Variable topics.

IT8243: Studies in Italian Cinema. Detailed exploration and analysis of selected topics in Italian cinema. Possible topics include: Mafia Movies, Italian Terrorism, Neorealism, Comedy Italian Style, Rome on Film, Studies in one filmmaker.

IT8244. Studies in Italian Culture: Italy at War. Detailed analysis of either filmic or literary representations of periods of strife in modern Italian culture. Variable topics.

IT8245: Italian Pop Culture. Exploration of new media, popular television, film, music, literature or other visual or performing arts.

IT8246: Studies in Italian Culture: Migrating Italy. In-depth exploration of Italian literature, film and culture of immigration and emigration. Primary texts may include novels, travel logs/ journals, films, documentaries, newspaper articles, propaganda material, etc.

IT8334: Language and Society in Italy: The role of class, gender, age, immigration, etc. in the development and use of the Italian language; the relationship between language and identity in Italy.


IT 8303: Teaching Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship for advanced doctoral students to work with faculty members on the design and teaching of upper-level Italian language, literature, and culture courses.

FRIT 8881: Interdepartmental studies in the Humanities. Two or more departments present colloquia on subjects of mutual interest; topics to be announced.

IT 8899: Dissertation Workshop. Faculty-led workshop in which PhD candidates meet weekly to discuss and critique their current dissertation research. Required each semester for PhD candidates, including the semester in which they defend the dissertation. (1 credit)

IT 8998 Pre-Candidacy Research 1-18

IT 8999 Dissertation Research 1-30