The Department of French and Italian

Samuel Gaglio


M.A. Italian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D Candidate
Samuel Gaglio

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Interests


Italo Calvino, Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, Animal Ontology in the Humanities, Pedagogy

Courses


ITC 330 • Eco-Urbanism In Itl Culture-Wb

37210 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM
Internet; Synchronous
GC

Separating the two photographs above is a millennium of evolution in urban design and city planning, yet both Siena, Italy and Houston, Texas exist contemporaneously in the 21st century. Despite occupying similar square mileage, these two layouts command vastly different lifestyles and uphold contrasting systems of values. Comparing the two side-by-side invites the question: how can the shapes of our cities mold the shapes of our lives?

These snapshots are reminiscent of Italian author Italo Calvino’s most famous experimental novel, Invisible Cities (1972). Both the images above and the novella challenge us to rethink our values in the face of massive urban sprawl and mechanized, industrial terraforming. Italo Calvino’s novel also invites us to consider the nonhuman subject in our quest for endless suburban expansion and acquisition of knowledge. By closely reading a select catalog of his work and other Italian literary texts, students will engage with the pressing issues of living in a modern city (like Houston) and its surrounding ethical dilemmas. The unique perspective of one of Italy’s most prolific authors offers an enjoyable and charming framework in answering difficult questions like: where do we put all our waste? and why do so many of our cities look the same?

            This course invites students to interrogate their relationships with cities and citizens, both human and nonhuman. By reading important works of Italian literature, we will examine how consumer culture, urban design, public transportation, and the untouched natural world shapes identity and behavior. Alongside the primary texts, students will study supplementary essays, paintings, photographs, and films to inspire analytical thinking about the main themes of the course. Similarly, we will use digital tools like Google Maps to enrich our analyses. By the end of the semester, students will understand how to critically and creatively engage with literature that explores what it means to be ‘human’ in a postindustrial world. They will improve upon their oral and written skills and learn new vocabulary that relates to the fields of Posthuman Studies, Ecocriticism, Italian Studies, and literary criticism at large.

ITL 320 • Advanced Italian

36470 • Spring 2020
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 308

The goals of this course are to improve students’ skills in writing, speaking and reading in Italian, as well as to increase their level of comprehension (both reading and   listening). We will review grammatical structures expanding on the more complex ones. Furthermore, we aim  at expanding the students’ knowledge of Italian culture through the use of educational videos and live interaction with Italian students. We will reach these goals by:

a.  Reading short stories, fairy tales, articles

b.  Reviewing grammatical structures through Radio Arlecchino and the course packet

c.  Listening to a variety of audio material, watching videos and three movies

d. Talking with Italian students several times during the semester. This course is conducted in Italian.

The success of this course relies heavily on a learning environment that is welcoming to all people. Each one of us will work hard to establish a strong sense of community based upon respect, collaboration, and freedom of opinion and expression.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

35970 • Fall 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM BEN 1.106

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 320. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 320.

ITL 611C • Intermediate Italian

36640 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM BEN 1.108

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, students will expand the skills they acquired in ITL 601C and by the end of ITL 611C, students will

• Be able to carry on more advanced conversations in Italian with good pronunciation, using all the verb tenses and moods learned in ITL 601C and ITL 611C;

• Possess an increased working vocabulary;

• Understand and be able to discuss more sophisticated cultural topics;

• Read and understand longer essays and authentic Italian literary texts;

• Write increasingly longer compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose.

Class time will be devoted primarily to developing speaking and comprehension skills in the target language; this will be done primarily through in-class group activities: students will be active participants in the learning process. In order to make the most effective use of class time, students are required to have prepared the assigned homework for each given day PRIOR to coming to class; students should expect to spend at least TWO hours every day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week for homework.

This course is for students of Italian who have successfully completed ITL 601C at UT-Austin (with at least a C); consult with your instructor and the undergraduate advisor of the Department of French and Italian if your previous experience with Italian does not include successful completion of ITL 601C.

You must receive a grade of a C or higher (73% or higher) in order to continue on to ITL 320. A grade of a C- is not sufficient to go on to ITL 320.

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36710 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 12:00PM-2:00PM PAR 306

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.

 

 

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36505 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM JES A216A

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.

 

 

ITL 601C • Beginning Italian

36995 • Fall 2017
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM JES A207A

Course objectives:

In ITL 601C, we will cover six of the twelve chapters of the textbook Piazza including the exercises assigned on the online platform iLrn.

By the end of ITL 601C, you will:

• be able to carry on a conversation in Italian about basic topics with good pronunciation, using the indicative present and different past tenses;

• possess a sizeable vocabulary of 500-800 words;

• be capable of understanding and discussing simple cultural topics;

• write short compositions in Italian using grammatically correct prose;

• read short essays.

In order to foster the ability to speak and understand the target language in the most effective way, we will mostly use class time for group activities that apply the grammatical notions learned to life-like situations. This kind of higher level exercise will require a constant, active participation from every class member in class and solid preparation at home. For this reason, homework is critical and MUST be completed every day: you should expect to spend at least 2 hours per day, for a total of at least 12 hours every week, on homework.

 

 

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