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The following courses are administered by St. Jerome's University.

ITALST 100s


ITALST 111 LEC 0.50Course ID: 012274
Women, Family, Sex, and Tradition
The course studies the themes of family, sex, and tradition as well as violence and identity as they are addressed in the art, the cinema, and the literature of Italian women.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 200s


ITALST 260 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011970
Great Works in Italian Literature
This course is a chronological survey of Italian literature from the 13th century to the 20th century. It will introduce the student to the most representative works in Italian literature. Special emphasis will be given to literary and cultural backgrounds of the authors and their works.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 265 LEC 0.50Course ID: 015541
Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth
The course analyzes the visual media representation of the Mafia in North America. It focuses on the manner in which North American visual culture often glorifies the Italian Mafiosi's lifestyle. As this characterization of both the Mafia and the Mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses, special attention will be given to the visual practices of the 1930s, to Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" trilogy, as well as to the television series "The Sopranos." The goal is to deconstruct the romanticized portrayal of the Italian and Italian-American gangster lifestyle created on visual media and television by analyzing the atrocities committed by organized crime.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Antireq: ITALST 396 taken winter 2017
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 270 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011972
Modern Italy
An examination of the evolution of modern Italy from 1789 to the present. The events which transformed Italy from a "geographic expression" into a modern unified state, including economic, social, political, and cultural developments, will be studied.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 271 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011973
Italian Canadian Experience
An examination of Canada's sixth largest ethno-cultural group, from the early colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the changing nature of immigration and the evolution of the Italian community since the late nineteenth century.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 291 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006526
Italian Culture and Civilization 1
A survey of developments in Italian culture -- history, literature, and the arts -- up to and including the Renaissance.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 292 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006527
Italian Culture and Civilization 2
A survey of developments in Italian culture - history, literature, painting, and music - in the post-Renaissance period, with emphasis on modern Italy.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 300s


ITALST 311 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006528
Medieval Italian Literature
An introduction to the Italian literature of the Middle Ages, with special reference to selections from the major works by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 311 will have additional Italian language requirements.]
Prereq: Level at least 2B
(Cross-listed with ITAL 311)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 312 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006529
Renaissance Italian Literature
An introduction to the Italian literary production of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, focusing on selections from the major works of the period, including some by Machiavelli, Ariosto, and Tasso.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 312 will have additional Italian language requirements.]
Prereq: Level at least 2B
(Cross-listed with ITAL 312)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 349 SEM 0.50Course ID: 015863
The Mystical Imagination
This course examines works of writers, artists, architects, and thinkers in the Western European tradition for whom all of reality participates in the larger mystery of God. The course focuses on figures who, from the early Italian Renaissance onward, gave expression to that mystical imagination.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3 requirement for Religious Studies majors. This course is taught in Rome and incurs extra costs for the student above and beyond the registration fee in the form of travel, room and board, and incidental costs.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: RS 291 (LEC 001) taken Fall 2017.
(Cross-listed with RS 349)
Also offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 360 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011898
Dante's Divine Comedy
This course examines the various strands of what is one of the greatest works in Western literature, Dante's Divine Comedy. The course will engage students in a critical reading of the text's various layers of meaning, which emphasize perennial issues of our human condition.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2B
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 370 LEC 0.50Course ID: 013233
Women Writers of the Italian Renaissance
This course explores selected works by women writers of the Italian 16th century by focusing on their modes of adherence or challenges to the patriarchal literary and cultural canon of the day. It will examine early modern gender issues and innovative forms of self-expression as reflected in the writings of such women as Veronica Franco, Gaspara Stampa, Vittoria Colonna, Tullia D'Aragona, and Isabella di Morra. The course attempts to explore these writers' stances as both consumers and producers of culture, as well as their contribution to the debate on women fashionable at the time.
Prereq: Level at least 3A.
Antireq: WS 370
(Cross-listed with GSJ 370, ITAL 370)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 391 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006530
The Italian Novel and Cinema
A survey of some of the principal novels of the 20th century in Italy in association with their cinematic versions by eminent Italian film directors.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 391 will have additional Italian language requirements.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with ITAL 391)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 392 LEC 0.50Course ID: 006531
Modern Italian Poetry and Theatre
This course studies the works of major Italian poets and playwrights, modern and contemporary, paying special attention to works by women authors.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 392 will have additional Italian language requirements.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with ITAL 392)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 394 FLD 0.50Course ID: 012273
Italian Studies in Italy
Italian literature, art, culture, and history studied abroad in Italy.
[Note: Normally offered in the spring term. Information about current offerings can be obtained from the department.]
Instructor Consent Required
(Cross-listed with ITAL 394)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 396 RDG 0.50Course ID: 006532
Special Topics/Directed Readings
This course gives the student an opportunity to study authors and works of special interest which are not covered in other courses.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 396 will have additional Italian language requirements. This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with ITAL 396)
Offered at St. Jerome's University

ITALST 397 RDG 0.50Course ID: 006533
Special Topics/Directed Readings
Winter term of ITAL 396/ITALST 396.
[Note: Taught in English. Students registered in ITAL 397 will have additional Italian language requirements. This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of two times.]
Instructor Consent Required
Prereq: Level at least 3A
(Cross-listed with ITAL 397)
Offered at St. Jerome's University