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Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan

Adjunct Instructor, Italian

Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan joined the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2014. She has been teaching Italian language and culture at all levels at UCSD Linguistics, UCSD Extension, and Grossmont Community College. Her area of expertise is 20th Century Italian literature and cinema, with a specific focus on the literature on and of the Resistance in WWII, environmental literature, and eco-criticism.


Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, San Diego, Comparative Literature
University of California, San Diego Extension, TOEFL Certificate, Teaching English as a Foreign Language
M.A., Università di Studi “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italian Literature and Philosophy
B.A., Università di Studi “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italian Literature and Philosophy

Scholarly and Creative Work

Professor Tabusso-Marcyan is interested in the relation of man with the land. She looks at peasant traditions in literature and cinema as a starting point to consider contemporary environmental and ethical issues. Her dissertation focuses on Resistance literature (1945-1968) and the representation of peasants and the environment constructed through intellectual perspectives as well as through peasant perspectives to offer ecocritical readings of texts from below. She has published in the journal Italian Culture (Vol. XXXII N.1 March 2014) the book review “Pasolini e l’Africa. L’Africa di Pasolini” by Giovanna Trento; she also published in 2014 the article “Le comunità del cibo e Terra Madre attraverso gli occhi di Ermanno Olmi” for the Italian magazine Territori. Her essay “Tra mito e modernità. L'India di Pier Paolo Pasolini in Appunti per un film sull’India” is part of the Italian peer-reviewed book Pier Paolo Pasolini: Prospettive Americane (forthcoming).

Teaching Interests

Professor Tabusso-Marcyan believes that a language is the mirror of a culture. She uses a student/learner-centered approach; making sure students are constantly engaged in practicing the language in an active and meaningful way. Technology and the online resources offered by the textbooks are an integral part of her lessons. Furthermore, she makes sure to stimulate students through extracurricular activities engaged with the target language and culture as she believes students can benefit greatly by experiencing language and culture outside the classroom.