Faculty Profile

James McMenamin

Associate Professor of Italian (2009)

Contact Information

mcmenamj@dickinson.edu

Bosler Hall Room 116
717.254.8444
http://dickinson.academia.edu/JamesMcMenamin

Bio

Prof. McMenamin specializes in medieval and renaissance Italian literature. He has published articles on Dante, Petrarch, and Italian lyric poetry and is interested in questions concerning medieval philosophy. In the fall, Prof. McMenamin will be teaching a medieval/renaissance survey of Italian literature (IT301: The Discourse of Love) and a beginner Italian language course (IT102). Prof. McMenamin has participated in the LGBTQQIA Pride@Dickinson Safe Zone Training.

Education

  • B.A., Middlebury College, 1996
  • M.A., 1997
  • Laurea, Universit√† degli Studi di Firenze, 2001
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2008

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian
Intensive study of the fundamentals of Italian grammar, with a view to developing reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Laboratory and other audiovisual techniques are used. Cultural elements are stressed as a context for the assimilation of the language.

ITAL 101 Elementary Italian
Intensive study of the fundamentals of Italian grammar, with a view to developing reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Laboratory and other audiovisual techniques are used. Cultural elements are stressed as a context for the assimilation of the language.

ITAL 102 Elementary Italian
Intensive study of the fundamentals of Italian grammar, with a view to developing reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Laboratory and other audiovisual techniques are used. Cultural elements are stressed as a context for the assimilation of the language.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent

ARTH 205 Mod Ital Cult thru Objects
Cross-listed with ITAL 323-01.In this course, we will explore modern Italian history and culture through the concept of design, and through the multiple fields in which design plays a role: architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, graphic design and advertising, political propaganda, and media high and low. This course is offered in English. FLIC session: Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a weekly discussion group in Italian and will read some materials in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a “FLIC: Italian” notation on their transcript. FLIC tentative meeting time is Tuesday, 4:00-4:50pm, but is flexible and could be changed should conflicts arise.

ITAL 232 Reading/Performing Ital Texts
Designed to increase student's comprehension and command of spoken Italian, this course is also an initiation in everyday verbal transactions and cultural communication prevalent in contemporary Italy. Phonetics, oral comprehension, and verbal production are practiced through exposure to authentic documents usually of a non-literary nature, such as television news programs, documentaries, commercial advertisements, and excerpts from films. Two and a half hours classroom and one hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

ITAL 232 Reading/Performing Ital Texts
Designed to increase student's comprehension and command of spoken Italian, this course is also an initiation in everyday verbal transactions and cultural communication prevalent in contemporary Italy. Phonetics, oral comprehension, and verbal production are practiced through exposure to authentic documents usually of a non-literary nature, such as television news programs, documentaries, commercial advertisements, and excerpts from films. Two and a half hours classroom and one hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

ITAL 301 The Discourse of Love
What is Love? Through a diverse selection of works from authors such as St. Francis, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de' Medici, Pietro Aretino, Gaspara Stampa, and Veronica Franco, students will examine the nature of love from a variety of perspectives. From the spirituality of religion to the physicality of desire and attraction, this course will confront topics such as the medieval and Renaissance ideas of love (courtly love, the Dolce Stil Novo, and love sickness), theological notions of love (charity), different expressions of love (heterosexuality, same-sex attraction and polyamory), and transgressive types of love (lust, adultery, and prostitution). This course is taught in Italian. Prerequisites: 231 and 232, or permission of the instructor. Offered every year.

ITAL 323 Mod Ital Cult thru Objects
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-03. In this course, we will explore modern Italian history and culture through the concept of design, and through the multiple fields in which design plays a role: architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, graphic design and advertising, political propaganda, and media high and low. This course is offered in English. FLIC session: Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a weekly discussion group in Italian and will read some materials in Italian. Upon successful completion of the work in Italian, students will receive a “FLIC: Italian” notation on their transcript. FLIC tentative meeting time is Tuesday, 4:00-4:50pm, but is flexible and could be changed should conflicts arise.