ITALIAN 102 Introduction to Italian Literature II
Professoressa Barbara CARLE: Mariposa 2015
Section 1
T R 3-4:45
office hours: T 12-2 W 1-2
and by appointment tel: 278 6509

Catalog Description: ITAL 111 Introduction to Italian Literature II. Major developments in the literature of Italy from the Enlightenment movement of the 18th Century through the Twentieth Century. Analysis of the literary movements with emphasis on their leading figures, discussion of literary subjects, instruction in the preparation of reports on literary, biographical, and cultural topics. Taught in Italian. Prerequisite: Upper division standing and instructor permission. 3 units.

Texts and Materials: In giro per la letteratura, Kenneth Berri and Elisabeth Lee Giansiracusa, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo/ Morte accidentale di un anarchico, Dario Fo. (Both English and original Italian editions are recommended). All texts will be available in the bookstore.

We will view at least one film, La strada di Federico Fellini.
Professoressa CARLE'S WEBPAGE Assignments, Web Resources and Links

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES : Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1) Identify:
-authors who have been discussed in class and a sampling of their works
-the historical context of these authors and their works
-distinct genres of literature
-distinct literary eras, their components, and relative chronology
-basic terminology of literary analysis
2) Read actively and critically, including:
-follow and summarize a plot line
-identify and summarize the major features of the works discussed in class
-recognize the choices an author has made in shaping a work in a particular way
-recognize the effects of those choices on the reader
3) Understand the rudiments of argumentation, including
-formulate an idea about what they are reading
-gather evidence from the work to support the idea
-gather evidence from critical sources to support the idea
-test the evidence against other available evidence
- present and support the idea persuasively
-how NOT to plagiarize

COURSE METHODS: •In giro per la letteratura offers strategies to help you accomplish almost all the above objectives and contains a vast and balanced selection of contemporary texts and different literary forms. You must first learn to read the original in italiano and to prepare each passage by completing the questions first. Once you have read your will work on a variety of exercises to help you understand the text in different ways. The first part of In giro explores word games and reviews narrative and descriptive strategies. This will beginning section, as well as all of the readings which follow, will help give you a greater awareness of the infinite creative possibilities of the Italian language and of language in general.

STUDY METHODS: You must be prepared to read, reread and reread. You must be prepared to write about what you have read and to discuss it in class. You will need a good Italian dictionary and a good English/ Italian dictionary.It is crucial that you read the texts BEFORE we discuss them in class and that you REREAD them after we have considered them in class.

Keep in mind that language is rooted in culture and each language reflects a different culture. Language structures our thought patterns. To sudy another language is also to learn how to think differently.

***Attendance Policy: Regular attendance is essential to succeed in this class. More than three unexcused absences WILL affect your final grade. Entering class late (more than five minutes) three times will count as ONE ABSENCE.*** Make sure that you sign the attendance sheet.

A 100-90
B 89-80
C 79-70
D 69-60
F 59 and below

25% Regular attendance and participation
35% In giro exercises
40% Tests and Quizzes (esamini)
Late work or incomplete online work will result in I or F.

1) Students keep all their In giro work in a separate folder and be prepared to hand it in to me periodically.
2) You will certainly be asked to rewrite compositions in italiano.
3) Tests will be given once every two/three weeks or so. Quizzes/Tests can be made up only with a valid excuse, doctor’s note or emergency. Test dates will always be announced in advance. Tests will be closely based on In giro readings and exercises. It is important that you have a strong command of new vocabulary also.
4) Please be punctual and remain in class during the entire period. If you are more than three times late this will count as an absence. Leaving class before the end of the hour is disruptive. Please remain attentive during group exercises, you will greatly profit from others’ mistakes. Walking in and out of class during group activities is NOT acceptable.
5) You should complete all In giro exercises from the chapters we study, even though we may not always go over them in class. In class we will work from certain segments of the book. Do not hesitate to come and see me if you need help and if you have done work which we have not corrected in class, or which I have not collected. You will be expected to make at least one oral presentation and one written paper on an author studied.
6) No Cell phones allowed in class. No food or drink. (Coffee is allowed in the 9:00 section) Please turn off cell phones for entire class period.
7) Allow 24 up to 48 hours for replies for e-mail queries. Expect written work to be corrected within one week, or sooner.

Students are responsible for:
1. Understanding the rules that preserve academic honesty and abiding by them at all times. This includes learning and following particular rules accociated by specific classes, exams, and course assignments. Ignorance of these rules is not a defense to a charge of academic dishonesty.
2. Understanding what cheating and plagiarism are and taking steps to avoid them. Students are expected to do this whether working individually or as part of a group.
3. Not taking credit for academic work not their own.
4. Not knowingly encouraging or making possible cheating or plagiarism by others.

IMPORTANT: It is not possible to cover every detail in the book in class. I will emphasize the most important elements but you are responsible for studying the text thoroughly and in depth. You are expected to come to class prepared and to have already studied the sections we focus on each day. Once you have carefully read this syllabus, you are free to drop the course if you cannot adhere to these ground rules. Please also note that we will not always follow the order of the book and we will omit a few details.

Finally: If you attend class on a REGULAR BASIS and do all assigned work, you will NOT fail the class. Please do not hesitate to see me or the tutors if you have domande (questions) difficoltà (problems) or simply wish to chiacchierare (chat) about things Italian. I am especially interested in seeing you progress and firmly believe that you can learn from your mistakes!
Course Schedule (more assignments may be added online as the semester unfolds) (subject to modification depending on the pace and needs of the class)

Each day's assignment must be prepared the day BEFORE. (i.e. Wednesday's work, must be done Tuesday or before the class meets)

- 1- September 5-8

Tuesday, September 5: Syllabus, course ground rules, In giro, vii, viii
Capitolo preliminare uno due tre…! 1 A B C D E F G

Thursday, September 7: Capitolo preliminare uno due tre…! 1 A B C D E F G

-2- September 12-14 Gianni Rodari
Tuesday: Capitolo 1 Due filastrocche ABCDE F G
Thurs: L'accento sull'A, A-F

-3- September 19-22 Giuseppe Ungaretti
Tues: Capitolo 2 Due poesie, A-E e F-K
Read both of Ungaretti's poems very carefully
Thurs: Capitolo 2, p. 21 A-D

-4- September 26-29 Gianni Rodari
Tues: Capitolo 3, Sulla spiaggia di Ostia, A-C, D-H
Thurs: Capitolo 3

-5- October 3-6 Federico Tozzi
Tues: Capitolo 5 Bestie A-J
Thurs: Capitolo 5

-6-October 10-13 Cesare Zavattini
Tues: Capitolo 8 Dal medico A-F
Thurs: Capitolo 8

-7- October 17-20 Natalia Ginzburg
Tues: Capitolo 10, Le scarpe rotte A-I
Thurs: Capitolo 10

-8- October 24-27 Francesco Petrarca
Tues: Capitolo 13 A-E

Thurs: Federico Fellini, La Strada, Capitolo 14, A-F

-9- October 31-November 3
T: Capitolo 14, A-F
R: Capitolo 14

-10- November 7-10
T: Capitolo 16 A-G Pubblicità II: Cin cin!
R: Capitolo 16

-11- November 14-17 Franca Rame e Dario Fo
T: Capitolo 17, Commedia: Il problema dei vecchi A-G
R: Capitolo 17

-12- November 21-22
T: Capitolo 19 L'opera lirica: Mozart e Da Ponte:Madamina, il catalogo è questo…" A-F

***November 23-26: Thanksgiving Break

-13- November 28-December 1 Vittoria Colonna
T: Capitolo 20 A-J
R: Capitolo 20

-14- December 5-8
T: Morte accidentale di un anarchico, Dario Fo
R: Morte accidentale di un anarchico

-15- December 12-15
T:Oral presentations on one of the authors in the book. May be an author we have not studied in class. If it's an author we have studied, you must choose another text. Make an appointment with Professoressa Carle to discuss this presentation, which you will then develop into an 8-10 pp. paper.
R: Oral presentations

Last day of class December 14, 2006. All work must be completed by FRIDAY December 15, 6:00 p.m.
Final exam: to be announced



Lexicon of Classic Italian Poetry

(Vocabulary of commonly used words in Italian poetry)



almo-che dà vita







aulente-odoroso, profumato



conto-chiaro, leggiadro, comprensibile

desio, desire-desiderio






ermo-deserto, remoto


fedire-colpire, ferire


fia (fiè)- essere- sarà

fiata-volta, volte













magione-casa, dimora


medesmo, medesimo-se stesso

meco-con me stesso (Note this type of inversion is common)

mercé-ricompensa, aiuto, grazia

occaso- tramonto, ponente

omai-ormai, alfine

onusto, carico






ploro-lamento, piango


redire-tornare, ritornare








travagliato-difficile, doloroso

u'-dove, ove


udienza-ascolto, attenzione

vago-desideroso, leggiadro, bello








(the v of the modern imperfetto is omitted, also with some nouns: mantoani=mantovani)

The first person of the imperfetto is often replaced by the third person, piangea= io piangevo OR lui/lei piangeva

Often the order grammatical units as we know them today was inverted:

cercar non so = non so cercar

rispuosemi=mi rispuose=mi rispose

dipartilla= la dipartì= la fece uscire (made her depart)

e del mio vaneggiar vergogna è il frutto = e vergogna è il frutto del mio vaneggiar

hassi= si ha

The subject can come anywhere often at the end:

Al cor gentil rempaira sempre amore

Amore rempaira (ritorna) sempre al cor gentile

Spelling can vary: intrare instead of entrare. This is due to regional differences.

The rules of grammar were not established, articles could vary: "lo bello stile" instead of "il bello stile." ecc, ecc.