Italian Studies (IST)

IST 115 Italy Through Art (3 credits)

Taught in English. Conducted in Rome, this course introduces students to the visual language of art, while providing an enriching cultural experience. The eternal city is an expansive, open-air museum where ancient and modern meet. Students will learn about Rome's artistic heritage while living amidst ancient ruins, baroque basilicas and contemporary monuments. As we view art objects first-hand, we will explore the making and meaning of Italian art, by addressing methodological issues including form and function, style, materials and technique. We begin with a consideration of ancient Rome, through direct experience with monuments that have survived centuries. Next, we explore the early developments of Christianity by visiting Roman basilicas and churches. Our excursion to Tuscany focuses on Renaissance humanism and Medici patronage. Upon return to Rome we examine Baroque masterpieces adorning Roman piazzas and churches. We conclude with art and architecture of the period after 1870, when Rome became the capital of Italy. The course is complemented by guest lectures and site visits to Roman museums, churches and palaces, as well as excursions to Assisi, Florence, Pompeii and Sorrento. Counts toward the major and minor in art history, the Italian Studies major, the major and minor in Classical Studies, and the minor in Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation Studies.

Attributes: GEP Art/Literature, Medieval, Ren & Reform Studies, Undergraduate

IST 150 Ital Cinema-Neoreal to Present (3 credits)

This course investigates major Italian films as both aesthetic and cultural objects. It offers an introduction to Italian cinema from the 1940's to the Present, and also to Italian social and cultural history of that time. It introduces major directors, movements, and genres in Italian cinema, focusing on movies that not only are influential masterpieces, but also offer incisive interpretations of their cultural and social milieus, including regional, ethnic and religious diversity; gender diversity; social tensions and class issues. Visconti, De Sica, Fellini, Scola, Bellocchio, Giordana are among the directors we study.

Attributes: First-Year Seminar, GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate

IST 170 Special Topics (3 credits)

Topics will vary according to the semester in which the class is offered.

Attributes: Undergraduate

IST 270 Special Topics (3 credits)

Topics will vary according to the semester in which the class is offered.

Attributes: Undergraduate

IST 350 Mangia! Flavors of Italy (3 credits)

The expression "Mangia, mangia!" is commonly associated with American stereotypes of Italians. But is the perceived Italian love of food the same in the United States and in Italy? Is it an issue of quantity or quality? Of socio-economics, politics, or education? Is it global, local or both? In this interdisciplinary course, we will explore the role of food in Italian culture and in the shaping of Italian identity, in Italy and abroad. We will trace its evolution through a variety of texts: literature, works of art, music, and film, as well as family recipes. Guest lectures made by Italian chefs in Philadelphia, food tastings, and a visit to the Italian Market, will enrich the course.

IST 360 Italian Identities (3 credits)

In this course, taught in English, we will explore the complex nature of Italian Identities, focusing on race, sex and gender roles, religion, food, art and science. Does not count toward a minor in Italian. Counts towards a major in Italian Studies and it may count toward the major in Italian, with permission of the Chair of Modern and Classical Languages.

Attributes: GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate

IST 370 Topics in Italian Studies (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to explore specific topics within the Italian-Speaking World. Topics will vary according to the semester in which the class is offered; check the semester listing for current topic. Classes are taught in English.

Attributes: GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate

IST 375 Shadow State: Mafia in Italy (3 credits)

This course explores the nature of organized crime in Italy, its origins, its economic aspects, its connection with politics, its reality beyond stereotypes, and finally, the way it is portrayed in Italian Arts and literature. No pre-requisites required. Does not count toward a minor in Italian. May count toward the major, with permission of the Chair of Modern and Classical Languages.

Attributes: GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate

IST 420 Italian Cinema and the Sacred (3 credits)

Italian culture has been widely influenced by the sacred and many intellectuals have used the Bible as source of inspiration. In this course, we will analyze how Italian filmmakers have approached the dimension of the sacred and how they have depicted it in their movies. We will explore a range of directors from 1940's Neorealism to the present in order to understand how the relationship with the sacred has evolved over time. Throughout our analyses, we will engage in dialogue with selected Italian writers in order to see how they have approached the sacred. The course also considers the role of Jesuits in Italian society through the study of a film set in a Jesuit monastery in contemporary Venice.

Attributes: GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate

IST 460 The Art of Dante's Inferno (3 credits)

This course offers an interdisciplinary reading of Dante's Inferno from the perspectives of the history of art, music and cinema. Primary sources from across the arts span seven centuries of reception, and include a variety of interpretations. As we examine the interaction between Dante's poem and other forms of art, we will consider the ways in which those works shape interpretations of one of the greatest works of world culture. Throughout the course students will connect the poem's ethics to contemporary society. We will study the moral philosophy underpinning the Inferno and examine Dante's understanding of the 'Seven Deadly Sins' and the law of contrapasso. In considering Dante's ethics of punishment we will reflect upon the ways in which artists have depicted judgment and retribution in their interpretations and responses. Guest lectures and site visits will complement the course. Counts toward the major/minor in Art History.

Attributes: Ethics Intensive, GEP Art/Literature, Undergraduate