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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "IT 310H"
COURSE NAME: "Introduction to the Study of Italian Literature HONORS (This course carries 4 semester hours of credits. A minimum CUM GPA of 3.5 is required)"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2017
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Mauceri Trimnell
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 1:30-2:45PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 60
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Placement, IT 302 or permission of the instructor
OFFICE HOURS: by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course will introduce students to the study of Italian literature; it is designed for those students who have reached 300-level proficiency in Italian language and also functions as a preparatory course for those who wish to study Italian literature at higher levels. The first part of the course focuses on a preliminary explanation of basic literary terminology and teaches students to recognize codes and genres in a limited selection of Italian literary texts. In the second part of the course, students will read samples from significant works of Italian literature in conjunction with selected passages from the canon of Italian literary criticism. They will practice their critical and writing skills by applying the concepts learned during the course to the analysis and reading of the literary texts under consideration. At an introductory level, students will begin to appreciate the difference between commentary and criticism and between both historical and formal approaches to the study of Italian literature.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
The first part of the course focuses on a preliminary explanation of basic literary terminology and teaches students to recognize styles and genres in a selection of Italian literary texts. The focus will be on a close examination of methods of critical analysis and vocabulary used in literary study and on linguistic and stylistic aspects of textual analysis.

The second, and wider, part of the course, is divided into three sections: prose, poetry and drama. In each section students will read samples of significant works of Italian literature in conjunction with selected passages from the canon of Italian literary criticism. Emphasis is on the stylistic features of each text and issues such as cultural context and gender.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

The course will help students

to expand their knowledge of literary terminology

to be familiar with the basics of critical interpretation and textual analysis 

to distinguish historical and linguistic approaches

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Class participationStudents are required to come to class ALWAYS prepared on readings and to actively partecipate to class discussions15%
Midterm examIn class exam based on readings and class discussions.25%
Take home questionnaires (2)Questionnaires on material covered in class. Students are required to expand the required readings with further research (at least 2 other sources). Answered should be developed in an academic format (MLA style). Students with grammar and language problems ARE REQUIRED to work REGULARLY on their written assignments at the Writing Center. This is not a language course but the Instructor cannot ignore spelling, grammar, synthax mistakes when grading.30%
Final ExamIn class cumulative final exam.30%
 Students enrolled in the course for honors credit will confer with the instructor regarding the essays requirement, which will consist in writing more critically oriented essays than those of non-honors students. Honors students will be required to base their papers on scholarly research. 

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the cours
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Regular attendance and active participation are essential component of the learning process. Students are allowed 3 unexcused absences. every unjustified absence thereafter will result in the lowering of your grade.
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

WEEKS 1-2

Introduction to the course.

Initial remarks: What is Literature? 

Genres and subgeners of Italian literature. 

The textual and social interpretation of literature. 

WEEK 3

The Italian Literary canon and periodization.

WEEKS 4

Literary communication: 

The author, the narrator, the reader, and the text.

Literary language in the specific Italian context.

WEEK 5

Rhetoric in literature.

FIRST Questionnaire DUE

WEEKS 6 -7-8

Prose narrative form.

Narrator, narrative voice and point of view, and characters.

Strategies of the organization of the plot.

Analysis of texts.

Midterm Exam.

WEEKS 9 - 10 -11

The form of poetry:

Sound and sense.

Meter and syntax.

Figurative Language.

Analysis of texts.

WEEKS 12-13

Drama

The structure and language of drama.

Tragedy and tragedy in verse.

Comedy.

Analysis of texts.

SECOND Questionnaire DUE

WEEK 14

Review