ENGL 24: ITALIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: 3 UNITS
Reading and discussing of Italian literature. The course will emphasize the unique qualities of Italian culture and identity by examining the literature through the context of a historical, social, and geographical perspective.
Handouts: Calvino, Italian Folktales, and Levi, Survival… - 2 page journal; Due 9/8 & 12/1 COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Participate in class activities and discussions, including presentations, group discussions or field trips, in a mature manner. In other words, be responsible, be cooperative and finish all reading and other assignments before class. Be on time to class and other activities, including several SITE VISITS. Complete all assigned writing, projects, or presentations. These will include Five (5) – Two (2) page journals on the assigned readings, one in-class presentation, a four (4) page analytical research paper, and at least one test. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students will be able to
1. Identify the geographical, historical, cultural, and social backgrounds of the nation/culture studied and how they inform its literature.
2. Identify the themes and worldview of works studied and relate them to the historical, geographical, and social backgrounds of the nation/culture studied.
3. Write analytical essays that are sensitive to the form and content of the works studied and recognize the difficulties of translating works of literature into another language.
4. Recognize the difficulties of translating literary works into another language.
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to....
1. Describe the characteristics of this body of literature.
2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the geography and the historical
and social background of the country/culture in which this body of
3. Relate this body of literature to prevalent trends in world ideas.
4. Evaluate the literary qualities of the works studied.
5. Write clear, well-developed, insightful essays about the texts
Your grade will be based upon your active participation in class, quiz scores, journal entries, and class assignments. Research Paper/Journals/Presentation/Test(s): 60%; Final: 15%; Attendance & Participation: 25% = 100% Final Exam is Mandatory. PRE-DEPARTURE CLASSES
WEEK 1: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st - 9:00 a.m.– 10:15 a.m.
Dante;Assignment:Visit Rodin’s “THE THINKER” at Norton Simon Museum, corner of Orange Grove and Colorado. 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1825 (626) 449-6840; Read: Levi, Survival …Due: Levi; Journal, 1 page; Journal ½ page Rodin CLASSES IN FLORENCE, ITALY
Week 3: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd - 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Dante’s Inferno; Assignment: Read, Introduction & first 16 Cantos.
Dante’s Inferno; Assignment Read final 16 Cantos; on your time: VISIT painting of a rendition of Dante’s Hell at the Santa Maria Novella; also Paradio @ Inferno & Last Judgement; Due: Dante Journal 1 page WEEK 5: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Assignment Read: Boccaccio, Decameron, pgs. 87-101; pgs, 138-158; Due: Research Topic Cleared; Second Half of class: field trip/Dante’s Library
Dante's House, a museum where the poet may have lived while in Florence, is dedicated to the preservation and display of Dante's work. Many photographs, papers, and other important works by and about the poet are housed in this museum; the Casa di Dante. Controversy over if Dante was born here, or was married near here also reigns. No one seems to be quite sure how Dante's House is tied into the poet. However it is one of the most respected and admired tourist spots in all of Italy. The museum is designed with three floors; corresponding to the different phases of the poet's life. First floor has documents on the Florentine life and his childhood, second floor deals with his exile in 1301 and the scandal, third floor deals with iconography and fortune of Dante. It is located in the medieval area of Via Santa Margherita and is closed on Tuesdays. Tickets to enter cost a mere 3 euro (about $2.32). For more information you can call 39 (0) 55 219 416
WEEK 6: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
DUE: Boccaccio Journal- 1 page; Explore #1; READ: Machiavelli’s The Prince- first thirteen chapters. WEEK 7: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Machiavelli’s The Prince; Assignment Read: final thirteen chapters. Due: Preliminary ‘Works Cited’ page & Outline. WEEK 8 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. - TEST
DUE: Machiavelli JOURNAL - 2 pages & Explore #2; walk to Galileo’s house WEEK 9 – BREAK TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd – NO CLASS WEEK 10 - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th - 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Assignment Read: Galileo: The Play; Due: First Draft/Research Paper WEEK 11: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
DUE: Galileo Journal- 2 pages; Read: Riva, pgs. Intro xi-xxiv; “Consuming…,” pg. 3-7; “The Keeper…,” pgs. 11-20; “The Penumbra…,”pgs 79-89 WEEK 12: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Riva, “On the Neverending…,” pgs. 90-99; “Montedidio,” pgs 157-167; “The Day …,” pgs. 221-242; Due: Riva Journal 2 pages, Final Draft WEEK 13: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
HANDOUTS: Levi, Survival; Calvino,Italian Folktales; Due: Portfolio WEEK 14 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. –FINAL FORMAT FOR JOURNAL RESPONSES: 1 or 2 page(s)/typed: Your reaction to the important ideas, concepts covered in the literary work; its relation to Italian culture and life, any connections to your own life or anything you may have learned from the work. Please do not summarize the author’s background from the work’s introduction or other on-line references.