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.

Fall 2017: 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.

IT 6 Intermediate Italian

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Advanced grammar and composition course with readings from select literary works. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2017: Courses in English

IT 116A Italian Renaissance: Renewal of Art and Thought

Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

This course examines fifteenth-century Italian Humanism, focusing particularly on the cultural production – literary, philosophical, and artistic – of Medicean Florence (1434-1494). Students will discuss the role of Italian Humanism in the emergence of modernity; the relationship between spirituality and secularism; and the development of new artistic forms. Lecture, three hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 121 Literature and Film

Instructor: Viviana Pezzera

This course will examine the relationship between two media forms—film and literature—and the characteristics of each. We will explore what happens when a short story, novel, or play is turned into a film. Does the reader/viewer approach the cinematic versions differently than the written iterations? Does it make any difference if the text was written in 1353 and the movie produced in 1971 (The Decameron)? If the story was written by a German writer and filmed by an Italian director (Death in Venice)? What advantages might films have over a purely linguistic description of characters, times, and places? How does the narrative structure change through the conversion into a movie? In attempting to answer these and other questions, we will examine different points of view about the process of film adaptation and engage in lively discussions. Films to be studied include works by Luchino Visconti, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Bernardo Bertolucci, among others.  Literary works include texts by Giovanni Boccaccio, Thomas Mann, Alberto Moravia, and Elena Ferrante. Each week we will address a critical problem (e.g., portrayal of character, of setting, etc.) in the different modes of representation. Lecture, three hours. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 46 Italian Cinema and Culture in English

Instructor: Thomas Harrison

With an eye to the interrelation of sexual and political desire in culture, this course engages in a detailed analysis of nine celebrated Italian films, subtitled in English and contextualized by readings in sociology, philosophy, psychology, and political history. Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. P/NP or letter grading.

IT 110 Dante in English

Instructor: Andrea Moudarres

This course focuses on Dante’s Divine Comedy – a classic masterpiece of world literature, a pinnacle of medieval philosophy and theology, and a crucial work in the development of Italian culture. We will consider the protagonist’s journey to “salvation” as a challenge to many of our most entrenched assumptions about the nature of good and evil. Lecture, three hours. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2017: Courses in Italian

IT 100 Composition and Style

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi Instructor: Varies

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

Fall 2017: Graduate Courses

IT 221A Studies in 20th-Century Literature: Variable Topics

Instructor: Thomas Harrison

Lecture, three hours. Variable-content seminar on themes and issues of 20th-century literature, with coverage of authors such as D’Annunzio, Verga, Marinetti, and Pirandello. S/U or letter grading

IT 495A Teaching Italian at College Level

Instructor: Elissa Tognozzi

Seminar, to be arranged. Study methods in preparation for teaching Italian at college level, with emphasis on teaching proficiency-oriented instruction. May not be applied toward M.A. course requirements. S/U grading.