ITAL300 - TOPICS: ITALIAN CULTURE

Topics vary. Please check the department's website for a course description at: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/italians/courses
Section 301 - SEM
We often hear people say “traduttore, traditore” but how valid is this saying, truly? Translation impacts our daily lives, from the internet to print, and cross-cultural communication has become increasingly important. This course is designed for students interested in translation studies and the role that Italian-English/English-Italian translation has played, and continues to play, in the transmission of ideas and culture. The course theme “translation and Italian literature” will be approached both theoretically and practically. Beginning sessions will be dedicated to the history of translation, along with its merits and complexities, focusing specifically on Italian writings. We will consider translation techniques, theories, and stylistic choices. Students will then build their linguistic fluency by translating a variety of texts including literary, legal, medical, commercial, and more, from Italian to English and English to Italian. This course will be conducted entirely in Italian, and readings will be both in Italian and English. Students must have completed Ital 201 or its equivalent.
MW 1200PM-0130PM
BRUNO-CHOMIN, GIUSEPPE
Section 401 - SEM
In the fifty-year period from 1919 to 1969, many events came to define modern Italian history: Fascism’s promise of national glory, death and destruction from World War II, rapid economic growth that skyrocketed northern Italy into prosperity, and social unrest that rocked western Europe. How are these moments portrayed in literature and cinema? How and why are these representations studied today? This course will explore the rise and fall of Italian Fascism under dictator Benito Mussolini and the swift, postwar economic growth that launched many Italian families into the modern world, displacing them from the countryside and into the flourishing cities of the North. In this course, we will analyze Fascist propaganda and films depicting the Fascist era and the postwar reconstruction period. We will also explore themes of alienation and malaise as a direct result of the economic boom via filmmakers Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni. In addition to the films, students will also read excerpts by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Primo Levi, and Italo Calvino. Assignments include brief, weekly responses to films/readings and a final paper. Synchronous and asynchronous components
W 1030AM-1200PM
GILLEN, SAMANTHA