Graduate Courses, Spring 2007

Italian 588
Cinema and the Sister Arts

Prof. Kirkham
T 4-6

This course explores cinema as a pan-generic system constructed of other art forms, including fiction, theater, painting, photography, music, and dance. The interrelationships between film and its sister arts will be discussed 1) with respect to the historical emergence of cinema as a new medium that evolved from antecedents in painting, photography, and (melo)drama; 2) as a reflection of an individual director's own style and programmatic choices (e.g., Visconti in his relationship with opera); 3) to consider how the conscious citation and appropriation of non-verbal narrative forms function emblematically to enhance cinematic meaning (e.g., in musical commentary on a soundtrack; in the incorporation of folksongs to serve "realism"; in the use of dance as a metaphor for social interaction or sexual seduction). Emphasis will be on Italian cinema, with occasional comparisons that draw in films and texts from other national cultures. Each week class discussion will focus on one film. Students will present a final class report on a film of their choice (with prior approval of instructor) and submit a final paper based on the report of 15-20 pp. Reading knowledge of Italian desirable but not required.

Romance Languages 690
Applied Linguistics

Prof. McMahon
W 2-4

Romance Languages 690 is a course required of all Teaching Assistants in
Spanish, French, and Italian in the second semester of their first year of teaching. It is designed to provide instructors with the necessary practical support to carry out their teaching responsibilities effectively and builds on the practicum meetings held during the first semester. The course will also introduce students to various approaches to foreign language teaching as well as to current issues in second language acquisition. Students who have already had a similar course at another institution may be exempted upon consultation with the instructor.