SRJC Course Outlines

6/14/2024 12:54:46 PMITAL 39.1 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ITAL 39.1Title:  INTRO ITAL LITERATURE  
Full Title:  Introduction To Italian Literature In Translation
Last Reviewed:3/9/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ITAL 80.1

Catalog Description:
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This chronological survey of Italian literature in English translation introduces the principal movements, authors, and representative works of Italian literature from the 13th through the 18th centuries. Focus is on major themes of Italy's early history, intellectual evolution, political development, and social phenomena as reflected in various works of prose, poetry, and drama. The class is conducted in English.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This chronological survey of Italian literature in English translation introduces the principal movements, authors, and representative works of Italian literature from the early 13th through the 18th centuries.  The class is conducted in English.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2008
Inactive:Fall 2021
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2008Fall 2021
 C2HumanitiesFall 1986Summer 2004
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2008Fall 2021
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981Summer 2004
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2008Inactive:Fall 2021
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2008Inactive:Fall 2021

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Explain the historic and cultural contexts of various representative works of Italian literature, including both western and non-western elements.
2.  Utilize the vocabulary and concepts of literary study, including terms specific to Italian literature and culture.
3.  Analyze and evaluate selected Italian literature and criticism.
4.  Analyze key characteristics of major Italian authors, styles, periods, and movements.
5.  Evaluate  works and authors with reference to the culture and readers of the 13th through 18th centuries.
6.  Compare and contrast universal and uniquely Italian aspects of literature and culture, including ideas, values and arts/aesthetics.
7.  Analyze the role of translation and the translator in selected Italian literary works.
8.  Compare and contrast various renderings of the same literary work, and significance of identified differences, including perspectives of women and ethnic or other minorities.

Topics and Scope
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I. Late Medieval and Early Modern Italian history
  A. Late Medieval culture and political configuration of the Italian
  B. Origins and development of the literary and artistic Renaissance
  C. Rise of the late 15th-and early 16th-century
     court culture
  D. Baroque movement and Counter-Reformation impact on Italian culture,
     16th and 17th centuries
  E. The Enlightment and Italy, 18th century
  F. Italy's cultural, social, and political diversity, including
     influences exercised by other and/or occupying foreign powers
  G. Relevance to 21st century culture and readers
  H. Contributions and perspectives from social classes, gender
II. Late Medieval and Early Modern Italian culture and literature
   A. Distinct literary eras, their components and relative chronology
   B. Literary genres and their influence
   C. Historical and cultural context of major authors and their works,
      and social, political and artistic trends of each period;
      including authorial motivation, and the
      content and style of his or her works
   D. Significant biographical details of each author.
   E. Key characteristics of major Italian authors, styles, periods and
   F. The "Problem of Language" and the evolution of "Standard Italian"
   G. Universal and  uniquely Italian aspects of
      literature and culture, including ideas, values, and
      arts and aesthetics.
    H. Relevance to 21st-century culture and readers
   I. Comparison of different artistic expressions that reflect similar
      sociological, religious, ethnic, gender-based, or cultural events
      and themes
   J. The Italian intellectual's service to power, and his/her response
      to Italy's political and social fragmentation and exogenous
   K. Roles of social class, religion, gender and ethnicities
III. Understanding and appreciating literature
    A. Basic terminology of literary analysis
    B. How to read actively and critically, including:
       1) following and summarizing a plot line
       2) identifying and summarizing the major features of the works
       3) recognizing the choices an author has made in shaping a work
       4) recognizing the effects of those choices on the reader
    C. The role of translation (the Italian adage "traduttore,
       traditore") and comparing translations
    D. Representative authors include, but are not limited to
        Saint Francis of Assisi, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Alberti,
       Poliziano, Castiglione, Lorenzo de' Medici, Michelangelo, Cellini,
       Leonardo da Vinci, Vittoria Colonna, Ariosto, Guicciardini,
       Machiavelli, Aretino, Vasari, Campanella, Galileo, Tasso,
       Goldoni, Foscolo, Parini, and Alfieri
IV. Writing about literature
   A. Formulating ideas about the reading
   B. Gathering evidence from works to support ideas
   C. Gathering evidence from critical sources to support ideas
   D. Testing the textual and critical evidence against other available
   E. Presenting and supporting ideas persuasively
   F. Avoiding plagiarism

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1. Weekly readings of literary works and textbooks, approximately 90 to
  120 pages a week.
2. In-class discussions and student evaluations of assigned readings.
3. Regular written assignments of varying lengths, which may include
  passage analysis, research papers, essays, reading journals.
4. Periodic progress-analysis tests.  These tests will cover all major
  components of the course, and there will be at least one per literary
  work.  Each test will measure the student's mastery of factual content,
  both of assigned materials and of subjects presented in instructor's
  lectures, and will provide an opportunity to display student's
  analytical skills and personal evaluation of the works under study.
5. Mid-term and final examinations.
6. Oral participation in in-class discussions.
7. Optional: Special projects and student presentations may be assigned.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 40%
Term papers, Passage analysis, reading journals, essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
50 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Oral participation in in-class discussions and optional projects

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Complete English-language or dual-language texts, or anthologies, of major
representative works of Italian literature from the 13th through the 18th
centuries.  Texts may include, but need not be limited to:
Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. Paulist Press, 1982
The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Ed. and trans. Robert M. Durling.
Oxford UPR, 1996
Petrarch's Lyric Poems, Robert M. Durling. Harvard UPR, 1976
The Italian Renaissance Reader. Ed. Julia Conway Bondanella and Mark Musa.
Meridian. 1987
The Book of the Courtier. Baladassare Castiglione. Trans. C. Singleton.
Anchor, 1959
The Prince. Niccolo Machiavelli. Trans Geo. Bull. Penguin Books, 2005
Selected Letters of Aretino. Trans Geo. Bull. Penguin Books, 1977
Autobiography. Benvenuto Cellini. Trans. Geo. Bull. Penguin Books, 1999
Tasso's Dialogues.Trans. Carnes Lord & Dain Trafton. UCPR 1982
The City of the Sun.Tommaso Campanella. Trans Daniel Danno. UCPR. 1981
Poems From Italy. William Jay Smith, Dan Gioia, eds. New Rivers Press.
Cambridge History of Italian Literature. Peter Brand, Lino Pertile. eds.
Medieval Callings. Ed. Jacques Le Goff. Chicago UPR. 1987
Renaissance Characters. ed. Eugenio Garin. Chicago UPR. 1991
The Day: A Poem. Giuseppe Parni.  Hyperion Library of World Literature,
The Comedies of Carlo Goldoni. Hyperion Library of World Literature, 1978
Tragedies.  Vittorio Alfieri.  Greenwood Press, 1970.
"Dei Sepolcri" and "Ultime Litter di Jacopo Ortis." Ugo Foscolo. Ed.
Christina Giacometti and Maurizio Falghera. Multilingual Books and Tapes,

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