Each semester is a new, fascinating course! From italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".


“A PASSO DI GAMBERO" by Umberto Eco - meets once a week- 12 weeks  

This book is a collection of articles written by Eco between 2000 and 2005 and appeared on "La Repubblica “ and “L`Espresso”
They refer to political events and other subjects during this period.
The title reflects the author’s image of the history.
Students will discuss in class the book

Sun. 9:30 AM-Noon; Instructor: Marisa Darvish - Tution: $ 350  



“SE QUESTO E’ UN UOMO - LA TREGUA” by Primo Levi - meets once a week- 12 weeks  


In the book ”Se questo e’ un uomo”, which is considered a literary masterpiece, the author, Primo Levi, recounts in first person the “Inferno” of Hitler’s concentration camps, especially Auschwitz. In the second part of the book, “La Tregua”, Levi tells the story of the long homecoming trip and the sense of rediscovered freedom along with the horrors that were endured. We will read the book, write comments and apply syntax exercises.

Sun. 9:30 AM-Noon; Instructor: Liliana Lanzano - Tuition: $ 350  



“LE AVVENTURE DI PINOCCHIO” by Collodi - meets once a week- 12 weeks - 

Students will search the different levels of the book in order to understand its metaphors and many symbols.
Through these hidden meanings the author wanted to show how a human being tries to reach his own identity in his life.
Students will discuss in class the book and research assigned by the teacher.

Tue. 6:30 –9:00 PM; Instructor: Marisa Darvish - Tuition: $ 350  



“Il GIARDINO DEI FINZI- CONTINI” by Giorgio Bassani – Meets once a week – 12 weeks -

The focus of this intermediate course will be Giorgio Bassani's 1962 historical novel “Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini”, set in Ferrara during World War II. The course will be conducted in Italian. Students will be expected to present and lead discussions on sections of the text. Grammar will be dealt with as it emerges from the text and discussions. Vittorio De Sica's film based on the novel will be viewed during the last class. 

Wed. 6:30 –9:00 PM; Instructor: Ceil Lucas - Tuition: $ 350  


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