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SMITH COLLEGE COURSES OF STUDY
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013

This site contains the Courses of Study offered by Smith College, Five-College Faculty Course Offerings, and Five-College Certificate Programs. The Smith College Courses of Study details course offerings, instructors, requirements for the majors and minors, and degree requirements.

The information contained in the Courses of Study documents is accurate as of August 2012. Smith College reserves the right to make changes to the Courses of Study, including changes in its course offerings, instructors, requirements for the majors and minors, and degree requirements. Course information contained herein is compiled by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty from data submitted by departments and programs. All data listed is as officially and formally approved by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, the Committee on Academic Priorities, and the faculty-at-large. Additional information may be available on the individual Web sites of departments and programs.

Italian Language and Literature



Italian Language and Literature


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Professors

Alfonso Procaccini, Ph.D., Chair

§1(Spring) Giovanna Bellesia, Ph.D.

†1 Anna Botta, Ph.D. (Italian and Comparative Literature)


Lecturers

Maria Succi-Hempstead, M.A.

Bruno Grazioli, M.A.

Simone Gugliotta, M.A.


Five College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Antonella Sisto, Ph.D.


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Students planning to major in Italian and/or intending to spend their junior year in Italy should start studying Italian in their first semester in order to meet all requirements. ITL 110y, the Elementary Italian course, carries 10 credits and meets for the full year. No credits will be assigned for one semester only.

All students going to Florence for their Study Abroad must take ITL 250 in the spring of their sophomore year. Those students who decide belatedly to begin their study of Italian in the second semester, must take ITL 111 in the spring of their first year.

Students who did not take Italian in their first year and wish to apply to the Study Abroad program in Florence must successfully complete an intensive summer program approved by the Italian department in the summer before their sophomore year.



A. Language


Credit is not granted for the first semester only of our introductory language course ITL 110y. No satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades allowed in Italian language courses.


110y Elementary Italian

One-year course that covers the basics of Italian language and culture and allows students to enroll in ITL 220, ITL 230 and ITL 231 (in exceptional cases) the following year. Preference given to first-year students. Three class meetings per week plus required weekly multimedia work and conversation meetings. Enrollment limited to 20 per section. Students entering in the spring need permission of the department and must take a placement exam. Students must stay in the same section all year. {F} 10 credits

Maria Succi Hempstead, Bruno Grazioli

Full year course; offered each year


111 Accelerated Elementary Italian I

One-semester course designed for students who might have missed the opportunity to take our highly recommended yearlong ITL 110y course. It will cover the material of ITL 110y in one semester. Three class meetings per week plus required weekly multimedia work and conversation meetings. Preference is given to all first-year students planning to go to Italy for their Junior Year. Enrollment limited to 20 per section. Students should enroll in ITL 220 (or ITL 230 in exceptional cases) the following semester. This course does not fulfill the foreign language requirement {F} for Latin Honors because it is a one-semester language course and a two-semester language course is needed to fulfill that requirement. 5 credits

Maria Succi Hempstead

Offered each Spring


220 Intermediate Italian

Comprehensive grammar review through practice in writing and reading. Literary texts and cultural material will constitute the base for in-class discussions and compositions. Students taking ITL 220 are also strongly encouraged to take ITL 235 Advanced Conversation in the fall semester. Taking both courses will strengthen students’ confidence and ability to become proficient in Italian. Prerequisite: ITL 110y or ITL 111 or permission of the department. {F} 5 credits

Giovanna Bellesia

Offered Fall 2012


230 High Intermediate Italian

Speaking and writing are strongly emphasized in this course. Reading of contemporary literary texts and class projects will help students improve and refine the use of linguistic expressions and prepare for more advanced conversations in Italian. Students enrolled in ITL 230 are also strongly encouraged to take ITL 235 Advanced Conversation in the spring semester. Taking these two courses will guarantee steady progress in language proficiency. Prerequisite: ITL 110y or ITL 111 or 220 or permission of the department. {F} 5 credits 

Bruno Grazioli

Offered Fall 2012


231 Advanced Italian

A continuation of 220 or 230, with emphasis on refining linguistic expression. Speaking and writing are strongly emphasized. Prerequisite: 220, 230 or 110y, or 111 with permission of the department. {F} 5 credits

Maria Succi-Hempstead

Offered Fall 2012


235 Advanced Conversation

Practice in conversation, using a variety of materials including newspaper articles, films, television broadcasts and web sites. This course is designed to develop oral proficiency. There is no written work. All exams will be oral. Prerequisite: for the Fall course ITL 110 or 111, or placement exam to assure correct language level. Prerequisite for the Spring course: ITL 220 or 230 or 231, or placement exam to assure correct language level. This course can be repeated. Permission of the instructor required. {F} 2 credits

Maria Succi-Hempstead, Simone Gugliotta

Offered Fall 2012, Spring 2013


B. Literature and Culture


The prerequisite for ITL 250 is ITL 220 or ITL 230 or ITL 231. There is no prerequisite for ITL 252 because it is conducted in English.


The prerequisite for 300-level courses conducted in Italian is fluency in written and spoken Italian, and permission of the instructor.


FYS 161 Immigration and the New Multiethnic Societies: From the Italian–American Experience to the Multicultural Italy of Today

The first part of this course traces the history of emigration from Italy to the United States. Students will read historical, literary and sociological texts, and study the representation of Italian Americans in movies and on television. The second part of the course studies contemporary Italy. In the last twenty years Italy has become a country of immigration. Questions of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, language and nationality are at the center of the formation of a new Italian identity. Some immigrants are starting to express their opinions on these issues. We will read some of their writings and compare them to the writings of Italian Americans. Are there experiences shared by all immigrants across the boundaries of time and culture? Can past migrations teach us something about stereotypes and intolerance? Do globalization and modern society, along with technological advances in communication, change the immigrant experience? Enrollment limited to 16 first-year students. WI {L/H/S} 4 credits

Giovanna Bellesia (Italian)

Not offered 2012–13


205 Savoring Italy: Recipes and Thoughts on Italian Cuisine and Culture

The course will examine Italy’s varied geography, history and artistic tradition to further appreciate Italy’s rich, delicious, yet simple cuisine. In our travels we will move from the caffe to the pizzeria, to the trattoria, to the pasticceria, to the enoteca to probe the cultural impact Italian cuisine has on promoting a holistic philosophy for eating/drinking/speaking best reflected by the now renowned Italian “Slow food” movement. Taught in English. Enrollment limited to 100. Graded S/U only. {L} 2 credits

Members of the Department

 Not offered 2012–13


248 Italy by Vespa

Imagine yourself in Italy on a Vespa, visiting out-of-the-way cities and small towns scattered throughout Italy, including enchanting places as Bergamo, Cinqueterre, Amalfi, Lucca, Gubbio, Maratea, or Erice. Imagine going to the tiny Renaissance jewel of Pienza and on the way stopping for a picnic and enjoying local pecorino with a glass of chianti, then taking a passeggiata and chatting with some locals. The objective of the course is to create “scenes” in which students will act-out similar experiences in order to learn about many of Italy’s distinctive regional wonders, including art, music and cuisine. Skype will be used to provide a touch of Italian “reality;” while the imaginary Vespa will encourage students to view learning in terms of “slow-travelling,” an alternative mode that echoes that other Italian phenomenon—the “slow-food” movement. Conducted in English {L} 4 credits

Alfonso Procaccini

Offered Fall 2012


250 Survey of Italian Literature I

Prerequisite for students applying for Junior Year Abroad in Florence. Reading of outstanding works and consideration of their cultural and social backgrounds from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. One class a week is dedicated to linguistic preparation of the text studied. Prerequisite: ITL 220, and/or 230, and/or 231 or permission of the instructor. Course may not be taken S/U. {L/F} 4 credits

Alfonso Procaccini

Offered each Spring


251 Survey of Italian Literature II

A continuation of ITL 250, concentrating on representative literary works from the High Renaissance to the Modern period. Normally to be taken during Junior Year in Florence. Maybe taken in Northampton as a Special Studies with the permission of the chair of the department. Prerequisite: ITL 250 or permission of the chair. Course may not be taken S/U.


332 Dante: Divina Commedia – Inferno

Detailed study of Dante’s Inferno in the context of his other works. Conducted in Italian. {L/F} 4 credits

Alfonso Procaccini

Offered Fall 2012


334 Boccaccio: Decameron

An in-depth thematic study of Boccaccio’s literary masterpiece, Decameron, including its style, structure and historical context. Particular attention will be devoted to Boccaccio’s singular interest in how imagination effectively combats the various constraints and even tragic aspects of life such as the plague or certain forms of social, political, psychological oppression. In what way do Boccaccio’s novelle provide every reader the same “diletto e utile consiglio” which he was so intent on offering his gracious ladies? Conducted in Italian. Open only to senior Italian majors or by permission of the instructor. {L/F} 4 credits

Alfonso Procaccini

Offered Spring 2013


340 The Theory and Practice of Translation

This is a course for very advanced students of Italian with strong English language skills. Close readings and translations into English of a variety of modern Italian writers and poets. Extensive reading in translation theory. Consideration of the renderings into Italian by such famous writers as Pavese and Vittorini. During the second half of the semester students will select a work for independent translation as the major component of their portfolio of translated work. Enrollment limited to 12. Permission of the instructor required. This course does not count as a senior seminar for Italian majors. (E) {L/F} 4 credits 

Giovanna Bellesia

Offered Fall 2012


Cross-listed Courses

None for 2012–13.


400 Special Studies

For qualified juniors and senior majors only. Admission by permission of the instructor.

1 to 4 credits

Members of the department

Offered both semesters each year


404 Special Studies

By permission of the chair, for senior majors.

4 credits

Members of the department

Offered both semesters each year


408d Special Studies

By permission of the chair, for senior majors.

8 credits

Members of the department

Full year course; offered each year


The Major in Italian Language and Literature and Italian Studies


Advisers: Giovanna Bellesia, Alfonso Procaccini


Advisers for Study Abroad: Giovanna Bellesia, Alfonso Procaccini


Basis: ITL 110y or ITL 111, ITL 220 or ITL 230 (or permission of the department). 


Requirements: The basis, plus ten semester courses. 


The following courses are compulsory for majors attending the Study Abroad in Florence:

Sophomore year—Spring : ITL 250, Study Abroad—Survey 2 ITL 251, Stylistics ITL 240.

The following courses are compulsory for majors not attending the Study Abroad in Florence: 250, 231, 251


All majors in Italian language and literature must attend ITL 332 and 334 (Dante and Baccaccio) and a senior seminar in Italian during their senior year. No course counting for the major can be taken S/U.


The rest of the courses can be chosen among the following:

334, 338, 340, 342, 343, 344, 346, 348, 404, 408d, 430d, CLT 305, CLT 355. (All written work in the CLT courses and in the courses taught in English must be done in Italian to be accepted for the Italian major).


Courses taken during the Study Abroad in Florence will be numbered differently and will be considered as equivalent to those offered on the Smith campus, subject to the discretion of the department.


Students considering graduate school in Italian Language and Literature are encouraged to take CLT 300.


The Major in Italian Studies


Advisers: Giovanna Bellesia, Alfonso Procaccini


Basis: ITL 110y or ITL 111, ITL 220 or ITL 230.


Italian Studies majors are expected to achieve competence in both written and spoken Italian. Participation in the Study Abroad in Florence is not required but it is strongly recommended.


Requirements: The basis plus ten semester courses which include:


ITL 240 Stylistics (offered only in Florence).


ITL 250 and 251


Three (non-language) courses taken in the Italian department on campus or during the Study Abroad in Florence. Courses in Florence must be approved by the chair of the Italian department to count towards the major in Italian studies. All courses taught by Italian faculty members outside the Italian department will also fulfill the requirement (for instance CLT 305 or CLT 204) when all written work is done in Italian. Independent studies and honor theses may count as part of this category.


Three courses in other Smith departments/programs or at the University of Florence. These courses will be chosen in accordance with the interests of the student and with the approval of the Italian department adviser. No course counting for the major can be taken S/U.


Relevant departments include but are not limited to: American Studies, Archeology, Art History, Comparative Literature, Classics, Education, Film Studies, Government, History, History of Science, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology.


One senior literature seminar (all work done in Italian). If both ITL 332 and 334 are completed, one of the two can take the place of the required senior seminar.

One semester of ITL 332 or 334 (Dante or Boccaccio). All work must be done in Italian.


The Minor in Italian Language and Literature


(There is no minor in Italian Studies).


Advisers: Giovanna Bellesia, Alfonso Procaccini


A minor in Italian offers the student the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and a reasonable knowledge of the Italian language as well as an overview of the history of Italian literature and culture. Furthermore, it offers the possibility for students returning from study abroad to continue with Italian on a limited program. If, a student does not wish to major in Italian, a minor would grant her the opportunity of official recognition for the courses taken.


Basis: ITL 110y, ITL 220 or ITL 230, or permission of the department.


Required: Six semester courses including the following: 231and 250. Choice of two from two different periods including: 251, 332, 334, 338, 340, 342, 343, 344, 346, 348, 404. At least one 300 level course, in Italian, must be taken during senior year.


Courses taken during the Study Abroad in Florence will be numbered differently and will be considered as equivalent to those offered on the Smith campus, subject to the discretion of the department.


Honors in Italian Language and Literature


Director: Giovanna Bellesia


ITL 430d Honors Project

8 credits

Full-year course; Offered each year


Honors in Italian Studies


ITS 430d Honors Project

8 credits

Full-year course; Offered each year


Please consult the director of honors or the departmental Web site for specific requirements and application procedures.

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