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Department of

Languages, Cultures and Literatures

Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan

Adjunct Instructor, Italian

Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan joined the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2014. She has taught Italian language and culture courses at all levels in the Department of Linguistics at UCSD, UCSD Extension, and at Grossmont Community College. Her area of study is 20th Century Italian literature and cinema, with specific interests in the literature of the Resistance, 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 ever-changing relationships between humans and the land. Her work investigates peasant traditions in literature and cinema as a starting point to consider (contemporary) environmental and ethical issues. Her dissertation focuses on representations of peasants and the environment in Resistance literature (1945-1968). She examines representations 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. As such, she uses a student/learner-centered approach to ensure students are constantly engaged in practicing the language in an active and meaningful way. She integrates technology and the online resources offered by the textbooks into her lessons to promote active learning. Furthermore, she also integrates extracurricular activities engaged with the target language and culture into her courses to stimulate students to experience Italian language and culture outside the classroom.