ITALIAN ART IN THE 20TH CENTURY

A brief journey through the movements and artists that most widely influenced Italian and international culture in the 20th century: from Futurism to Piero Percoco.

Teacher: Corinna Barchetta

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week).

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any specialist knowledge)

Course introduction:
What direction did Italian art take in the 20th century? Is it able to offer the same emotions and surprises as the great masters of the past? We will explore these questions together during our encounters with the works and stories of its artists. And for the more adventurous there will be a brief guide on how to create a work in a particular style…

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BOLOGNA OF THE ITALIAN WRITERS

Snippets of Italian literature, through authors who wrote about Bologna.

Teacher: Lucia Cristina Ciccioli

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week).

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any specialist knowledge or familiarity with old Italian).

Course introduction:
Not everyone knows that Bologna features in the work of many Italian and foreign writers. These five sessions will allow you to explore various facets of the city, moving through the centuries with Dante, Boccaccio, Leopardi, Carducci and Eco. You will enter their period of history and sample some of their most important works that are in some way linked to Bologna.

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ITALIAN AT THE OPERA

An introduction to the history of Italian opera, from its birth in Florence in 1600, through its golden age in the Romantic era, until the early 20th century.

Teacher: Massimo Balducci

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week).

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any specialist knowledge or familiarity with old Italian).

Course introduction:
Opera is a work for theatre with music: it has 400 years of history, and is one of the characteristic forms of Italian art. In these five sessions we will study it through some of its most outstanding composers: Monteverdi, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini.
We will listen, watch, discuss, read and finally produce: at the end of the course you will be asked to write an article on a subject agreed upon with the teacher. In some cases, we will use videos of live performances with English subtitles

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ITALIAN IN POPULAR SONG

A short journey through Italian popular song, from 1950 to the present. Each session will deal with a different phase, studying the music and texts of some of the most important artists. We will listen, watch, read and discuss (a summary of each session will be available in pdf format).

Teacher: Massimo Balducci

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week)

Minimum recommended level: B1 (no need for any previous knowledge).

Course introduction:
“Italian song is melody”. “Italian song is the mirror of the nation”. “Italian song is the soundtrack of its time”. These are some of the most frequent commonplaces we like to repeat about Italian song. But is this really true, or is it actually more complicated? Certainly, the world of Italian song is fascinating, moving and full of endless surprises…

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FIVE GREAT FIGURES OF THE 20TH CENTURY

A study of five great names from 20th century Italy.

Teacher: Ludovico Caponetti

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week)

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any specialist knowledge)

Course introduction:
Five important figures belonging to different sectors who contributed to the political, social and artistic rebirth of the nation, all of whom lived through the upheaval of fascism and the Second War World. Each of the five sessions will focus on a particular figure with the support of reading, videos and interactive activities. An information pack will be provided in pdf format.

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THE CURIOUS ITALIAN CUISINE

Italian cuisine, past and present.

Teacher: Lucia Cristina Ciccioli

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week).

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any particular knowledge or familiarity with old Italian).

Course introduction:
On hearing the word Italy, many respond: cooking. Cooking is an art and as such it too has its own peculiar history. These five sessions will guide you through the history of Italian cuisine, starting from the ancient Romans, and arriving at the present. We will sample Carbonara, we will understand why we eat with La forchetta, we will enter into the heart of ancient Rome and its culinary traditions, we will compare today’s dining etiquette with that of the past, and we will meet Pellegrini Artusi, the master of Italian cuisine!

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THE HISTORY OF ART IN BOLOGNA

An opportunity to discover something more about the history and art of Bologna, the people who made it famous and its importance in European culture.

Teacher: Chiara Boni

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one a week)

Minimum level recommended: B1 (no need for any specialist knowledge)

Course introduction:
A journey through some of the most significant moments in the history of Bologna. Each session will cover an important aspect in the development of the city and the figures that helped make Bologna a unique place.

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SHORT STORIES IN THE MID-20TH CENTURY

Stories, dreams, memories and impressions in the art of the short story, in five Italian writers from the middle of the last century.

Teacher: Dora Vedova

Schedule: 10 hours (five two-hour sessions, one every week).

Minimum level recommended: B2 (no need for any specialist knowledge).

Course introduction:
Italian writers are perhaps best known for their novels, but many of them also wrote short stories: concentrated texts made precious through the need for concision. We will read a selection of stories for each author, which we will then analyze and discuss together. We will see how their biographical circumstances intertwine with their own work and with that of their colleagues who they often met and frequented. We will talk about Italy at the time and how the authors responded, each in their own way, to the reality that, in the mid 20th century, revolved around war, in its antecedents or its aftermath, restoring it through the prism of writing.

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