Britta: chestnuts roasting

November 2, 2010

When its a brisk, cool day in Bologna after having a day filled with classes, buying a bag of roasted chestnuts and sitting on the steps of San Pietro looking out over Piazza Maggiore is just the right thing to do.

As for classes, this semester I’m taking:

  • Cinema Italiano
  • Letteratura Francese
  • Filologia ed Esegesi Neotetaentaria (Study of the New Testament)

I’m enjoying my classes and have dived into studying. Unlike in the States, there isn’t assigned daily/weekly homework. You show up to class, listen, take notes, and on your own time you read the books that are listed in the syllabus in and out, backwards and forwards.

My reading list now consists of:

  • Antique Christian, Greek, and Latin Literature Manual- Moreschini and Norelli
  • The Bible- New Testament
  • A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle of St. James- Hort
  • Le Rêve – Émile Zola
  • Nana – Émile Zola
  • La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
  • Le Tour de Monde en quatre-vingts Jours- Jules Verne
  • Salammbô- Gustave Flaubert
  • Cronologica della letteratura francese- Campagnoli
  • History of French Literature- Brunel


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