by Barbara Black
The Italian General Consul for Quebec and the Eastern Provinces,
Gian Lorenzo Cornado, presented a cheque for $20,000 to representatives
of Concordia on Oct. 29 at the consulate.
It will probably ensure the renewal of the contract for this years
LTA professor in Italian. Dr. Cristina Perissinotto is a specialist in
the concept of Utopia, 20th century literature and the teaching of Italian
as a second language.
This is just one indication of the growing popularity of Italian as a
subject of study within the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and
Linguistics. In recent years, Italian has grown in terms of both program
and interested students to a total of about 1,400, making it the second
biggest section of the department after Spanish.
In fact, Professor Filippo Salvatore said the curriculum has been revamped
to embrace the study of Italian culture rather than simply the language
and literature. It now includes references to architecture, the arts,
science, history and philosophical thinking, and to two significant Italian
filmmakers, Visconti and Antonioni.
Salvatore himself teaches a new course on Italian feminist discourse from
the Renaissance to the present. An early example is the Venetian Lucrezia
Marinelli, who wrote a treatise under the challenging title On the
Nobility and Excellence of Women, and on the Faults and Shortcomings of
Men, in 1599.
Business Italian is proving a popular choice, both as a service course
and for students in the Italian program. The two sections are taught by
a specialist, Pier Luigi Colleoni.
The Italian section has a graduate component via the SIP (special individualized
program). A masters student is currently finishing a study of a
major early-20th-century poet, Camillo Sbarbaro.
An undergraduate course will be given on a trial basis concerning literature
by Canadians of Italian origin, and a student has applied to focus on
this subject for a masters degree. Another student plans to apply
to do a masters study of film representations of Canadian Italians.
Professor Salvatore intends to pursue co-operation with McGill University,
which has a graduate program in Italian.
Vice-Dean John Capobianco and Rector Frederick Lowy have met with officials
of the University of Siena with a view to organizing exchanges or a summer
Dr. Salvatore presented a brief to the minister of education last June
on behalf of the Italian community to recommend the teaching of Italian
in the public and private school system, and was encouraged by the representatives
of both political parties.