Faculty Profile

James McMenamin

Assistant 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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ITAL 116 Intermediate Italian
Intensive introduction to conversation and composition, with special attention to grammar review and refinement. Essays, fiction and theater, as well as Italian television and films, provide opportunities to improve familiarity with contemporary Italian language and civilization. Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

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.

Spring 2016

ITAL 231 Written Exp & Textual Analysis
Designed to increase student's awareness of various rhetorical conventions and command of written Italian through analysis and imitation of model texts of a literary and non-literary nature. Two and a half hours classroom and one hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

ITAL 231 Written Exp & Textual Analysis
Designed to increase student's awareness of various rhetorical conventions and command of written Italian through analysis and imitation of model texts of a literary and non-literary nature. Two and a half hours classroom and one hour laboratory per week. Prerequisite: 116 or the equivalent.

ITAL 321 Food/Culture Med & Ren Italy
Taught in English.Additional Time Slot: FLIC session: W, 4:00pm - 4:50pm, Bosler Hall 309, with Prof. Luca Trazzi. Italian Studies majors, Italian minors, and INBM majors using this course to satisfy major/minor requirements will attend a 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 meeting time is scheduled for W, 4:00pm - 4:50pm (but can be changed should conflicts arise.)