Italian by Design: A “Bridge” Course

We have grown accustomed to perceiving the arts and language as very different kinds of engagements: the former transgressive and creative, the latter structured and acquired. This talk presents a blueprint for an advanced Italian language course (102) that approaches language and design as analogous processes. Tracing how the coordinates of space and time are reconfigured in a series of four historically positioned case studies, it introduces students to synchronic and diachronic dimensions of language and its potential to both embody conventions and generate innovation.

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