Giuliana Perco (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University) is Lecturer and Italian Language Program Coordinator at the UC Berkeley. Before teaching at Berkeley, she taught Italian culture, literature and language at various universities such as Duke, the College of William and Mary, Penn State and Bryn Mawr College.
Aside from all levels of language courses in Italian, Dr. Perco has taught courses on detective fiction, women’s writing, history of Italian cinema, on contemporary social phenomena like immigration, as well as on various aspects of Italian culture and society, from food to fashion, from music to pop culture. In Spring 2015, she taught a course on literary interpretations of World War I at UC Berkeley and, in Summer 2016, a course on Italy and the Mediterranean for the new Summer Study Abroad in Trieste, Italy.
As Italian Language Program Coordinator, Dr. Perco is in charge of the 300-level seminar on Pedagogy of Second Language Acquisition as well as of the Practicum in Teaching Language. She is currently working on developing a hybrid/blended learning version of Elementary Italian.
Her main literary field of interest is in 20th- and 21st- century narrative from a comparative perspective; she has worked on the role of the reader, metafiction, parody, and intertextuality. She is also interested in ecocricitism and animal studies.