Darren Kusar

dkusar@uchicago.edu
Office Hours: T/Th 12-1:00
Cohort Year: 2017
Subject Area: Italian Studies

I received my BA in both Italian Studies and Vocal Performance from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA before teaching English in a high school in Busto Arsizio, Italy.  As a musician, my interests lie heavily in music.  I'm interested in how both Italian lyric opera and folk music influence history, literature, politics, and culture, and vice versa.  Further, I'd like to explore how these themes appear in fables, folklore, poetry, and stories, through both an aesthetic and dialectical lens.

Recent Courses in RLL
  • ITAL 10200 Beginning Elementary Italian II (Winter 2020)
  • ITAL 10300 Beginning Elementary Italian III (Spring 2020, Spring 2021)
  • ITAL 22722 Magic, Madness, and Marvels: Renaissance Epic Literature from the Page to the Stage (Winter 2022)