Winter 2024 Courses
- For day, time, room, and TA information, see our PDF SCHEDULE or the class search tool https://registrar-apps.ucdavis.edu/courses/search/index.cfm.
- For all courses not described here, please refer to the General Catalog course descriptions: https://catalog.ucdavis.edu/courses-subject-code/ita
ITA 002: Elementary Italian
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ITA 022: Intermediate Italian
ITA 031: Beginning Italian for Spanish Speakers
ITA 120A: Italian Literature of the 20th Century: The Novel
ITA 128: Topics in Italian Culture: Queer Italia! (ITA 128, inverno 2024)
Class can be repeated for major/minor credit
MWF 10-10.50, Hunt Hall 110
In this class, we will explore the past and present of queer life in Italy – the ways that all sorts of people who don’t identify within gender and sexual conventions have contributed to and challenged Italophone communities, as well as how they have confronted challenges of cis- and heteronormativity. Through readings, film viewings and discussion, we will discover some of the variability of queer life and experience, understand how queer existence has and continues to challenge language and culture, and how these fit into broader experiences of gender and sexual identity in Europe, the Americas and elsewhere.
By the end of the quarter, students will:
- Be exposed to important historical and present-day moments and movements relative to LGBTQ+ communities in Italy;
- Come to understand different meanings of queer and question their linguistic and cultural applicability;
- Explore contemporary queer theories and their application to different texts;
- Examine discourses around social identity (l’identità sociale);
- Compare and contrast approaches to queer life in the US, Italy and elsewhere;
The class is also a moment to expand linguistic knowledge and hone language practices: class discussion, reading and writing will all be in Italian, giving you a chance to do language and culture in new and interesting ways. Throughout the quarter, students will:
- Learn and integrate new vocabulary relative to the goals above;
- Continue to practice the use of pertinent grammatical and pragmatic structures;
- Put these skills into practice through oral presentations and written work;
- And gain more fluidity by participating in daily class discussions, lectures and small group work.