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.
Spring 2018: Language Courses
There are no language courses this quarter.
Spring 2018: Courses in English
IT 42A: Italy through Ages in English: Saints and Sinners in Early Modern Italy
Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of issues of cultural hegemony, political and religious freedom, and doctrinal conflict through Italy’s early modern literary and artistic production. Texts may include Dante’s Divine Comedy, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Saint Catherine’s letters, Machiavelli’s The Prince, and Galileo’s scientific writings. Artworks may include those of Raphael and Michelangelo, as well as Bernini’s sculptures. P/NP or letter grading.
IT 102C: Italian Cultural Experience in English
Lecture, three hours. Study of cultural development of Italy. Birth of Italian nation from wars of independence to foundation of modern republic, delineated through narrative and cinema in historical context. P/NP or letter grading.
IT120: Modern and Contemporary Literature
Lecture, three hours. Analysis of novels, short fiction, poetry, and drama in connection with modern and contemporary thought, politics, and culture. Authors may include D’Annunzio, Aleramo, Pirandello, Ungaretti, Montale, Pasolini, Ortese, Morante, Ginzburg, Calvino, Fo, Eco, Celati, and Tabucchi. P/NP or letter grading.
IT 123 Modern Italian Cultural Studies
Seminar, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 100. Taught in Italian. Reading, research, and writing on various cultural aspects of modern and contemporary Italy. Examination of contemporary Italian food culture, fashion and design, photography and visual arts, mass media, politics, music, and sports. P/NP or letter grading.
IT 150 Modern Fiction in Translation
Lecture, three hours. 20th-century narrative and poetry by Ortese, Sapienza, Calvino, Tabucchi, Montale and Ungaretti focusing on the “fictional” nature of self-knowledge. P/NP or letter grading.
Spring 2018: Courses in Italian
IT125: Italian Through Opera
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Taught in Italian. Introduction to traditional Italian opera as means of appreciating culture of Italy, art form of opera, and study of Italian language at advanced level through reading of libretti. Six masterworks of Italian opera tradition — “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “La Bohéme,” “Pagliacci,” “Otello,” “Tosca,” and “La Traviata” — offer culturally authentic contexts to learn about operas, their characters, plots, settings, and themes. Exploration of various historical, political, and cultural issues raised in each opera. P/NP or letter grading.
Spring 2018: Graduate Courses
IT 216B: Studies in the Renaissance: Ariosto and Renaissance Epic
Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading.