Graduate Courses

The UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies offers a variety of graduate courses. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Registrar’s Website for language courses. For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Below is a list of graduate courses taught under the ELTS banner. Students are encouraged to privilege these courses (200-level) as they make their course selections.  

In certain cases, graduate students may enroll in upper-division undergraduate courses for graduate credit. The list of undergraduate courses offered in ELTS Spring 2022 can be found here: Before you make a final decision about an undergraduate course (100-level), consult Professor Brozgal and the instructor of record.

Spring 2022

ELTS C201XP (with C101XP): Between Los Angeles and Europe: New Approaches to Transatlantic European Studies

Instructor: David D. Kim

This hybrid community-engaged course examines the rich migration history between Los Angeles and Europe with a view to the German-speaking world. It begins with an overview of transatlantic cultural, literary, and historical studies going as far back as the colonial era. It subsequently examines the displacement and dispossession of Indigenous peoples in southern California by European settlers during the nineteenth century, followed by a targeted investigation of transatlantic relations between Angelenos and German immigrants during the twentieth century. Students apply their newly acquired cultural, historical, and political knowledge to current transatlantic conversations. By integrating these lessons into community engaged projects with the Thomas Mann House, the course offers innovative, scholarly, and praxis-oriented approaches to transatlantic European studies. Graduate students will meet an additional hour per week with the instructor. Taught in English. 

FRENCH 216 (with FR 116): New Media, Old News? The Problem of Novelty in Early Modern France

Instructor: Raphaëlle Burns

What is it to say something new? What is it to say that something is new? According to what criteria do we judge things to be unprecedented or innovative? In this course we will study how these questions were asked, debated, and answered by poets, philosophers, and scientists in early modern France. The course will be structured around four main axes: the novelty of events, of ideas, of methods, and of forms. We will explore the nuances between notions of novelty, renewal, innovation, and originality in a variety of literary genres, including the novellas of Bonaventure des Périers and Marguerite de Navarre, the essays of Montaigne, the fragments of Pascal, and the discourses of Descartes. In doing so we will also reflect on the role that debates around novelty played in the articulation of what it meant to be “modern” in France’s “early modernity”. Taught in English with reading knowledge of French recommended.

FRENCH 218 (with FR 118): Travel and Literature in the Long 18th Century

Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

Taking as a point of departure the title of Tzvetan Todorov’s book Nous et les autres (Us and the Others), we shall study the role of travel, and its relationship to French literature. The travels we will be taking belong to real lives, to fiction, even to “science-fiction,” and follow real or imaginary encounters with “otherness” be it a Persian visiting France, an Italian in London, an inhabitant of Saturn visiting earth, a Peruvian princess in exile. They have all been used as an opening to “otherness” and a critique of the European culture by such Enlightenment authors as Voltaire, Montesquieu, Casanova, Rousseau and Mme de Graffigny. Taught in French 

Italian 216 (with IT 122): Italian Theater

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

Study of works for stage from Renaissance to present, including examples of opera and questions pertaining to acting, staging, and performance. May include texts by Machiavelli, Aretino, Gozzi, Goldoni, Verdi, Puccini, D’Annunzio, Amelia Rosselli, Dacia Maraini, Dario Fo, and Franca Rame. P/NP or letter grading. Taught in Italian.  

Lecture, three hours plus one hour weekly separate from students of Italian 122.  

Italian 260C (with IT 121): Studies in Film and Literature from Elena Ferrante to Pasolini

Instructor: Thomas Harrison

The communicative powers of word, image, thought and feeling will be the issues at stake in this course on transtextualities.  It is taught in English and conducted within the sphere of Italian film and literature.  Open to all graduate students and advanced undergraduates, this seminar will attempt to get a handle on how imagistic and verbal expression grips readers and spectators in related but differing ways.  Our primary texts—supplemented by critical theoretical essays—will consist of four films and brief works of narrative fiction selected from the following:  The Lost Daughter, film by Maggie Gyllenhaal, 2021, novel by Elena Ferrante, 2006 / Oedipus Rex, film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1967, play by Sophocles, 429 BCE / Blow-Up, film by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, story by Julio Cortázar, 1959 / General Della Rovere, film by Roberto Rossellini, 1959, novella by Indro Montanelli, 1959 / Henry IV, film by Mario Bellocchio, 1984, play by Luigi Pirandello, 1921 / Decameron, film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, stories by Giovanni Boccaccio, 1353 / Death in Venice, film by Luchino Visconti, 1971, novella by Thomas Mann, 1912 / The Girlfriends, film by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1955, novella by Cesare Pavese, 1949. Taught in English.