Simona Lorenzini

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Lector, DUS
Simona Lorenzini graduated, cum laude, from the University of Pisa in 2003 with a thesis in Modern Italian Literature. She received a Ph.D. in “Humanist and Renaissance Civilization” from the “Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento” (Florence, 2008), with a dissertation on the Latin bucolic poetry of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio and its connections with the classical and medieval pastoral tradition. These researches culminated in a book published in 2011: La corrispondenza bucolica tra Giovanni Boccaccio e Checco di Meletto Rossi e L’egloga di Giovanni del Virgilio ad Albertino Mussato. After moving in the USA in 2009, Simona completed her PhD in Italian and Renaissance Studies at Yale University with a dissertation – “Questioning the Utopian Myth in Renaissance Pastoral Drama: From Politian to Guarini” – written under the direction of Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta (May 23, 2016). In the modern period, Simona is also interested in Italian cinema and theater and she has recently published an article on teaching language through Pirandello’s plays. 


ITAL110a, Elementary Italian I

A beginning course with extensive practice in speaking, reading, writing, and listening and a thorough introduction to Italian grammar. Activities include group and pairs work, role-playing, and conversation. Introduction to Italian culture through readings and films.

Conducted in Italian. Credit only on completion of ITAL 120.

Enrollment is managed through Preference Selection.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: Multiple Offerings

ITAL150a, Advanced Composition and Conversation

Discussion of social, political, and literary issues in order to improve active command of the language. Development of advanced reading skills through magazine and newspaper articles, essays, short stories, films, and a novel; enhancement of writing skills through experiments with reviews, essays, creative writing, and business and informal Italian. Classroom emphasis on advanced speaking skills and vocabulary building.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: WF 11.35-12.50

ITAL470a, Special Studies in Italian Literature

A series of tutorials to direct students in special interests and requirements. Students meet regularly with a faculty member.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: 1 HTBA