ITA358/359Y0 Modern Italian Culture

Analysis of selected philosophical, artistic, musical and literary works which range from the Middle Ages to the present. The main topics of discussion include the Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Italian Unification, Theatre, Opera, Futurism, Fascism, Neorealism, Regionalism and Industrial Growth. Field trips and screening of films are included. The course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines. Students who wish to obtain credit in ITA359Y0 (instead of ITA358Y0) will be required to do course readings in Italian.

Prerequisites: None
Exclusion: ITA245Y1/ITA247H1/ITA248Y1
ITA358/359Y0 Course Outline

Field trips: This course includes excursions to Assisi/Perugina factory, Pienza/Montalcino/ Sant’Antimo, San Gimignano/Monteriggioni, and an overnight visit to Rome. The cost of these trips is CAD$835, paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, overnight hotel accommodation in Rome, and all entrance fees and guides and dinner in Monteriggioni.

Instructor: Michael Lettieri is a Professor of Italian and Vice-Dean (Academic Experience) at the Mississauga Campus (UTM), University of Toronto. He has served as Chair of the Department of Language Studies, Associate Dean (Humanities) and Vice-Principal (Academic) at UTM, and Dean and Director of the Italian School at Middlebury College (Vermont). Highlights from his extensive list of publications include articles and books on textual criticism, 16th- to 18th-century drama, and second-language acquisition. Lettieri has received several academic awards, including the University of Toronto APUS-SAC Undergraduate Teaching Award, the OCUFA Teaching Award, the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, and the American Association of Teachers of Italian Distinguished Service Award for distinguished teaching, published research, and service in the fields of Italian language, literature, and civilization.

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