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French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts

ITST: Italian Studies

All Italian Studies courses are conducted in English.


ITST 110 (3) Made in Italy
Where do Italy's glamour, lifestyle, traditions come from? This course introduces Italy's multifaceted ways of being and the cultural creations of the peninsula in their context. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 110 or ITST 110.
ITST 231 (3) Introduction to Italian Culture I: From the Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period
The shift from the Medieval to the Early Modern worldview, explored through some of the major representatives of the verbal and visual arts, from Dante to Machiavelli, from Giotto to Leonardo. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 231 or ITST 231.
ITST 232 (3) Introduction to Italian Culture II: From the Modern to the Post-Colonial Age
The debate around nation vs. empire vs. republic, from the Napoleonic age to our days, as captured in Italy's microcosm, condensing and often anticipating issues that have later become global. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 232 or ITST 232.
ITST 234 (3) Introduction to Italian Cinema
A thematic course surveying major classics of Italian cinema, emphasizing their historical, political, social, philosophical and technical contexts. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 234 or ITST 234.
ITST 333 (3) Masterpieces of the Novella in Italian Literature
A study of the genre of the novella as an expression of social and political contexts within and across cultures from its inception in feudal times to the post-modern age. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 333 or ITAL 333 or RMST 343.
ITST 345 (3) Italian Fascism in Interdisciplinary Perspective
The cultural, literary, philosophical roots of Fascism and its evolution: its policies in literature, sports, cinema, architecture, racial legislation, and colonial adventures. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 345 or ITAL 345 or RMST 345.
ITST 377 (3) Cultural Exchange between Modern Italy and China
Key moments and texts about intercultural exchange between Italy and China since the beginning of the twentieth century in their social, historical, and political contexts. Credit will only be granted for ITST 377 or ITAL 377.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or higher.
ITST 378 (3) Colonial and Postcolonial Italy
Italian colonialism in the twentieth century and postcolonial legacy in recent decades through media, literary, and cinematic texts. Credit will only be granted for ITST 378 or ITAL 378.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing or higher.
ITST 379 (3) Gender and Sexuality in Italian Cinema
Gender and sexuality in Italian cinema within the country's historical, socio-political, and cultural milieus. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 379 or ITST 379.
ITST 380 (3) Italian Food Cultures
Analyses of Italian or Italian-style foodways and the role they play in articulating larger cultural issues. Credit can only be applied for one of ITAL 380 or ITST 380.
ITST 385 (3) Italian Cinema: Neorealism
A survey of the major classics of post-WWII Italian Neorealism in cinema emphasizing their historical, political, social, philosophical and technical contexts. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 385 or ITAL 385 or RMST 355.
ITST 413 (3) Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy in Translation
A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: Vita Nuova, Convivio, Monarchia, Epistles. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 413 or ITAL 403 or RMST 453.
ITST 414 (3) Topics in the Italian Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages in Translation
Italian literature of the Middle Ages in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Dante and his contemporaries and/or immediate followers (may include Petrarch and Boccaccio). Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 414 or ITAL 404 or RMST 454.
ITST 415 (3) Topics in the Italian Literature and Culture of the Renaissance in Translation
Masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance in literature and the other arts. Authors and artists studied range from Pico to Ariosto and Machiavelli, from Botticelli to Leonardo and Michelangelo. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 415 or ITAL 405 or RMST 455.
ITST 416 (3) Classics of Seventeenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the Mannerist and Baroque age in their intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 416 or ITAL 406 or RMST 456.
ITST 417 (3) Classics of Eighteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the age of the Enlightenment in its intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 417 or ITAL 407 or RMST 457.
ITST 418 (3) Topics in Nineteenth-century Italian Literature and Culture in Translation
Italian literature of the 19th century in its intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 418 or ITAL 408 or RMST 458.
ITST 419 (3) Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture in Translation
Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 419 or ITAL 409 or RMST 459.
ITST 421 (3) Special Topics in Italian Studies
Course content will vary. May be taken twice for a total of 6 credits.
ITST 432 (3) Italian Cinema and Its Cultural Background
Films with English subtitles. Course content will vary. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 432 or ITAL 430 or RMST 452.
ITST 495 (3) Research Intensive Seminar in Italian Literature and Culture
Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 495 or ITST 495.

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