Advanced Italian Composition and Stylistics
This module presents a review of linguistic patterns, complex syntax and morphology and introduces elements of sociolinguistics and stylistics. Expansion of both active and passive vocabulary is an integral part of this module as a large vocabulary base plays a crucial role in receptive and productive skills. The module focuses on developing the student's writing skills, thus it presents useful strategies that can be applied to specific writing tasks, making use of different registers. It also introduces students to basic theoretical principles of translation to and from the target language.
Italian: Negotiating Language
Emphasis is on refining writing and reading skills to enable the student to handle a wide range of texts that include newspaper articles, advertisements and business correspondence. It introduces students to computer language and basic computer skills. Students are exposed to the culture of the work environment in an Italian context. A number of business situations are presented, which range from handling telephone calls, leaving messages, giving instructions and taking minutes, to preparing for job interviews, writing up a CV, and applying for a job in response to particular advertisements. Students will also be expected to develop the necessary skills to translate texts in the different registers and relating to specific sectors (business, tourism, journalism, advertising etc.).
This module examines the debate surrounding the concept of Neo-realism and the place of ideology in novels and films of post W.W. II Italy. The neo-realist period proper strictly speaking spans little more than a decade, but it influenced both themes and narrative techniques found in more contemporary literary or cinematic texts. Earlier texts are compared with significant later ones revisiting the same themes. The module also introduces the primary concepts of film criticism and highlights the reciprocal influences of two different narrative genres.
This course is taught in English and texts are read in English (Students majoring in Italian are required to read them in Italian). Films are in Italian with English subtitles.
Selected Topics in Italian Literature
The literary periods, and thus most representative genres, studied in this course varies from year to year. It always involves, however, the detailed study of a selection of literary genres, ranging from the novel, short story, lyric and/or epic poetry, treatise, drama or popular fiction. The emphasis is on critical analysis of texts therefore the module develops close-reading and interpretive skills, applied to different types of literary genres. It expands students' ability to apply different literary theories to the analysis of diverse genres.