Courses

The UCLA Department of Italian offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English and Italian. For information about specific section times and locations please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.

For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Winter 2018: Language Courses

IT 1 Elementary Italian – Beginning

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 2 Elementary Italian — Continued

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 3 Elementary Italian – Continued

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 4 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 3. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 5 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 4. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Courses in English

IT 50B Masterpieces of Italian Literature in English: Enlightenment to Postmodernity

Instructor: Renata Redford

Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enlightenment to Postmodernity – This course examines and compares major Italian literary texts and their adaptations into theater, film, and opera. From Carlo Goldoni to Amara Lakhous, students will also study how concepts of “spectacle” have developed throughout Italian history and culture. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 102B Italian Cultural Experience in English

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

Lecture, three hours. Study of cultural development of Italy. This course looks at the Renaissance discovery of human genius through literature, art, and music. P/NP or letter grading.

IT M158 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Italian Culture

Instructor: Lucia Re

(Same as Gender Studies M158.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. The aim of the course is to provide students with an overview of the changes in the position of women in Italian society after the country’s unification in 1861, and the development of the feminist movement. The course also aims to consider the social construction of femininity as seen especially through the work of Italian female authors. A detailed study of selected literary, critical and documentary texts, as well as films, will offer perspectives on gender in Italian culture. Focus on representations and perceptions of gender roles as well as related themes such as education, female creativity, marriage, family, motherhood, work, sexual violence, misogyny, religion, social class, and politics. Women’s roles represented in the visual arts, theater, and film and television will also be discussed. Italian majors required to read texts in Italian. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 191 Variable Topics Research Seminars: The Italian Renaissance in Popular Culture, Film, and Fiction

Instructor: Meredith K. Ray

How does contemporary popular culture seek to engage with “the Renaissance” as an imagined historical period? Analyzing writings by Castiglione, Machiavelli, Veronica Franco, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, along with a selection of recent historical films, novels, TV series and video games, students will gain a strong grounding in Renaissance history and culture while investigating the ways in which popular representations portray, adapt, appropriate, or distort central aspects of Renaissance thought.

Winter 2018: Courses in Italian

IT 103B Introduction to Modern Italian Literary and Cultural Studies

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100. Taught in Italian. Selected modern works of Italian literature, theater, art, and culture from Enlightenment to present. Emphasis on critical methods and skills for analyzing and interpreting wide range of Italian texts and cultural formations in their historical context and in comparison to contemporary and transnational views. This course, taught in Italian, uses fictional short stories to invite students to enter into the real historical world of Italy.  Stories will touch upon marriage, ritual, age, gender, sexuality, love, clerical misconduct and personal social identities. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Graduate Courses

IT 216E Studies in the Renaissance: The Worth of Women: Gender, Culture, and Literature in Early Modern Venice

Instructor: Meredith K. Ray

Venetian women articulated some of the most powerful critiques of gender inequality in the early modern period, seeking to reconcile Venice’s civic mythology, founded on ideals of justice and autonomy, with the realities of women’s status in the Republic. Analyzing works by Veronica Franco, Moderata Fonte, Lucrezia Marinella, Sara Copia Sullam, and Arcangela Tarabotti within their literary, cultural, and political environment, we will consider the strategies adopted by women writers to negotiate the contested landscape of publication and the emergence of “Renaissance feminism” in early modern Venice.