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[V3333] Introduction to Italian Literature I

January 17, 2014

Castagna, Paola Silver_nugget
[V3333] Introduction to Italian Literature I

Paola is an incredibly caring and fun teacher. Though the class is completely in Italian and the expectation is that each student is more or less fluent, Paolo was patient with every student and created a class in which effort and enthusiasm were all you needed to get an A. The classes were sometimes boring, especially in the beginning, but Paola's passion for the subject wears off on you after a while and you end up enjoying the class just because she is so full of life and care for her students and the subject. I highly recommend taking this class, even if your Italian is a bit shaky and your forte isn't literature, but only if Paola is teaching it. The readings themselves can be boring and difficult and the Italian can be difficult if the professor isn't lenient.

Workload:

A reading each week, two posts online weekly about the reading (1-2 paragraphs each), two essays (2-3 pages each, one assigned around midterms, the other assigned around Thanksgiving), a midterm project, and a take home final. Everything is graded almost entirely on ideas, unless your grammar is horrendous, it pretty much doesn't factor into grading.

January 06, 2008

Malaguti, Andrea
[V3333] Introduction to Italian Literature I

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Professor Malagutti looks like a nice person, but I think he is just pretending. I took his intro to Italian lit class and in my opinion this was the worst class I have taken so far at Columbia. I did well in the class but I was very disappointed about the professor ability to convey ideas and overall knowledge of the material covered. But the worst part was his unfair grading and inability to comprehend ideas other than his own.

Workload:

3 free topic essays, final. The final was very time consuming. Grading not very fair.

December 04, 2007

Malaguti, Andrea
[V3333] Introduction to Italian Literature I

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This class is an intrduction to Italian litterature that focuses on early Italian classics. Professor Malagutti overall is a nice man, but a mediocre instructure, an unfair grader, and policimaker. Students in his class missed more lectures than they attended and were even granted extantions on their papers. Someone may find such policies appealing, and that means you want to waist your time and money. Professor Malagutti wants his students to think the way he thinks and often discurages, to the point of ridicule, everyone who says something he does not agree with. On top of that his English is not very clear.
I strongly discourage anyone from taking his courses, specially if you are an Italian major (I was one). Even though I was very interested in the subject, this class was by far the worst I have ever; it simply discouraged critical thinking. If you need to fullfil a major requirement I would suggest to choose another professor and preferably a more modest department.

Workload:

Fair. Three papers and a final. Make sure to write what he wants to read since it is probably all he knows.

December 29, 2004

Cavallo, Jo Ann
[V3333] Introduction to Italian Literature I

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It is hard to decide whether it's just the difficult nature of the material, the reading selections, or the professor, but this class is a snooze. Cavallo is a very nice lady who makes a point of meeting with students in small groups just to chat over coffee or a sandwich, but she struggles to get students to participate in discussion. Halfway through the course she decided to make us write a paragraph for every class on the reading assignment, which would count as our participation, just to make sure we were doing it. Shorter readings would make the texts more accessible and discussion more probable. The class is taught in Italian but all coursework can be turned in in English. This course in unavoidable for Italian majors so make sure you bring extra caffeine.

Workload:

5-15 pages per class in Italian (seems small, but it's tough to get through even that)
Midterm and Final Papers 4-5 pages. Midterm and Final Exams 3-4 brief essay questions based on discussion. All are in English (Italian optional)

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I 2012 Fall MW / 11:40-12:55 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Flora Ghezzo 2010 Fall TR / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Andrea Malaguti 2009 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Andrea Malaguti 2008 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Andrea Malaguti 2007 Fall MW / 11:00-12:15 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Andrea Malaguti 2006 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Jo Cavallo 2004 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1
ITAL / ITAL ITAL ITAL V3333: Intro to Italian Literature I Jo Cavallo 2003 Fall MW / 1:10- 2:25 PM 1