Italian Studies

Italian Studies: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Italian Studies

​MA
Field:
Italian Literature​​​
​PhD​​​
Fields:
Middle Ages and Renaissance​
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Nineteenth and Twenti​​eth Centuries

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Book History and Print Culture
    • Italian Studies, MA, PhD
  2. Editing Medieval Texts
    • Italian Studies, PhD
  3. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • Italian Studies, MA, PhD

Overview

Graduate students in the Department of Italian Studies come from several parts of the world, including Canada, the United States, and Europe. Faculty members are heavily engaged in teaching and research in their fields. Some of them are associated at the graduate level with the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the McLuhan program, Cinema Studies, and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.

Contact and Address

Web: http://italianstudies.utoronto.ca
Email: italian.grad@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 926-2346
Fax: (416) 926-7107

Department of Italian Studies
University of Toronto
Carr Hall, 2nd floor
100 St. Joseph Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
Canada

Italian Studies: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Bancheri, Salvatore - BA, MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Eisenbichler, Konrad - BA, MA, PhD
Guardiani, Francesco - MA, PhD
Lettieri, Michael - BA, MA, PhD
Pierno, Franco - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Pietropaolo, Domenico - BSc, MA, PhD
Robins, William - BA, MPH, PhD
Rupp, Stephen - BA, MA, MPH, MA, PhD
Somigli, Luca - PhD
Terpstra, Nicholas - BA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Capozzi, Rocco - BA, MA, PhD

Associate Members

Brilli, Elisa - MA, PhD
Foni, Fabrizio - PhD
Piccardo, Enrica - MA, PhD
Rigoletto, Sergio - AB, AM, PhD
Zambenedetti, Alberto - PhD

Italian Studies: Italian Studies MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

The MA program offers advanced education in Italian literature and provides training in research techniques.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of 7.0 undergraduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Italian, including the following: 3.0 FCEs in Italian literature (students must have at least 0.5 FCE in each of three out of four different periods: medieval, Renaissance, seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, nineteenth to twenty-first centuries) and an appropriate upper-year ​1.0 FCE in language.

  • Minimum B+ standing in their University of Toronto 300- and 400-series courses (or in equivalent courses).

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • The department will determine whether applicants need to complete prerequisite work in order to qualify for admission. Applicants will be advised accordingly.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Successful completion of 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE)

    • 4.0 graduate FCEs.

  • A student's program of study must be approved by the department.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
15 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

Italian Studies: Italian Studies PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program prepares students for a career in teaching and scholarship. Graduates are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research and preparing scholarly publications. They are trained to teach undergraduate courses in all areas of Italian studies and to design and teach graduate courses in their fields of specialization.

The program is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the discipline, specialized knowledge of a single field, and training in all aspects of scholarly research in the discipline.
 
Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: (1) following completion of an appropriate MA degree or (2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • ​​Successful completion of the University of Toronto MA or its equivalent with an overall average of at least A- in courses. Please note that an A- average does not guarantee admission to the program

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • Notes:

    • Applicants with an Italian laurea magistrale/specialistica may apply for admission to the PhD program.

    • Applicants with a degree equivalent to a PhD (e.g., an Italian dottorato di ricerca, a PhD, a diploma di perfezionamento, etc.) cannot be accepted to the PhD program.​

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students normally complete 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows: 

    • 4.0 graduate FCEs including a mandatory extra-departmental course (0.5 FCE) chosen in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE);

  • Language requirements. Students must show evidence of written and oral command of Italian; and, not later than the beginning of Year 3 of PhD registration, must have demonstrated a reading knowledge of Latin and one other language approved by the department.

  • Program progress. All students must maintain a minimum A- average in order to remain in the program.

  • Upon completion of all course requirements, and not later than Year 2 of the PhD program, students will complete the series of written and oral qualifying examinations.

  • Thesis and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the thesis. Permission to write the thesis in Italian (subject to final approval by the School of Graduate Studies) may be granted to students who first pass a supervised essay-type English examination to demonstrate proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic English prose.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Italian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • ​​Exceptional students may be admitted directly to the PhD program from the BA with a minimum A- average. Such applicants will apply to the MA program, but indicate in a separate letter to the Graduate Coordinator that they wish to be considered for direct admission to the PhD program.

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • A personal statement of intent.

  • Notes:

    • Applicants with an Italian laurea magistrale/specialistica may apply for admission to the PhD program.

    • Applicants with a degree equivalent to a PhD (e.g., an Italian dottorato di ricerca, a PhD, a diploma di perfezionamento, etc.) cannot be accepted to the PhD program.​

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students will normally complete 8.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 8.0 graduate FCEs, including a mandatory extra-departmental course (0.5 FCE) In consultation with the Graduate Coordinator.

    • ITA 1000H Methodologies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (0.5 FCE); 

  • Language requirements. Students must show evidence of written and oral command of Italian; and, not later than the beginning of Year 3 of PhD registration, must have demonstrated a reading knowledge of Latin and one other language approved by the department.

  • Program progress. All students must maintain a minimum A- average in order to remain in the program.

  • Upon completion of all course requirements, and not later than Year 2 of the PhD program, students will complete the series of written and oral qualifying examinations.

  • Thesis and a Doctoral Final Oral Examination on the thesis. Permission to write the thesis in Italian (subject to final approval by the School of Graduate Studies) may be granted to students who first pass a supervised essay-type English examination to demonstrate proficiency in writing correct and idiomatic English prose.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Italian Studies: Italian Studies MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department regarding course availability.

​​ITA 1000H​
​Methodolog​​ies for the Teaching and Study of Italian (Credit/No Credit)
​ITA 1001Y
Colloquia and Professional Development (Credit/No Credit)​
​ITA 1025H
Old Italian​
​​ITA 1029H
​History of Italian Religious Language
​ITA 1030H
​Italian Lexicography
​ITA 1031H
​History of Italian Language in North America
​ITA 1165H
Introduction to Italian Philology​
​ITA 1170H
Textual Criticism and the Editing of Early Italian Texts​
​ITA 1177H
​The Italian Questione della Lingua
​ITA 1200H
​Dante
​ITA 1202H
​Dante as a Reader of Augustine's City of God: Augustinian Textual Communities at the Beginning of the 14th Century
​ITA 1203H
​Boccaccio
​ITA 1235H
​Topics in Italian Studies
​ITA 1330H
​Petrarch and Petrarchism
​ITA 1520H
​Renaissance Humanism
​ITA 1530H
​Machiavelli
​ITA 1535H
​Topics in Italian Literature
​ITA 1540H
​Renaissance Italian Theatre
​ITA 1545H
​The Sacra Rappresentazione
​ITA 1550H
​Sixteenth-Century Florence
​ITA 1551H
​Sixteenth-Century Italian Tragedy
​ITA 1552H
​Pietro Aretino and the Italian Renaissance
​ITA 1555H
​Literature and Society in Renaissance Italy
​ITA 1565H
​Tasso
​ITA 1591H
​Baroque Poetics and Poetry
​ITA 1597H
​The Commedia dell'Arte
​ITA 1601H
​Vico
​ITA 1605H
​Theories of the Stage and Dramatic Criticism
​ITA 1610H
​Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Theatre
​ITA 1645H
​Post-Tridentine Religious Drama
​ITA 1650H
​Neoclassical and Pre-Romantic Literary Culture
​ITA 1661H
​Topics in Nineteenth-Century Italian Literature
​ITA 1705H
​Pirandello
​ITA 1710H
​Aspects of Modern Italian Poetry
​ITA 1723H
​Trends in the Italian Novel 1900–1960
​ITA 1728H
​New Trends in the Italian Novel From 1957 to the Present
​ITA 1735H
​Topics in Italian Studies I
​ITA 1736H
​Topics in Italian Studies II
​​​ITA 1737H
​Topics in Italian Studies​
​ITA 1755H
Italian Modernism
​ITA 1760H
​Futurism
​ITA 1810H
​Studies in Italian Literature and Film
​ITA 1815H
​Issues in Italian Film Historiography
​ITA 2010Y
​Directed Research in Italian Linguistics
​​JIF 1000H
​Romance Philology I
​JIF 1001H
​Romance Philology II
​MST ​3162H
​Boccaccio and Chaucer