This module aims to introduce students to Italian literature and culture from the Unification to the late 20th century. It will explore the principal historical events of this period (e.g. the Risorgimento, Fascism, the Second World War and the birth of the new Republic, the 'economic miracle', the ‘years of lead’ and the Berlusconi era) and examine how these periods have been interpreted by a number of key literary authors, artists and intellectuals such as Di Lampedusa, Vittorini and Pasolini. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between Italian literature and social and political history.
This module appears in the following module collections.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Method of assessment
Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 40%
Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
Indicative Reading List:
Clark, M. (1984). Modern Italy (1861-1995). London: Longman.
Ginsborg, P. (1990). A History of Contemporary Italy. Society and Politics 1943-1988. London: Penguin.
Gordon, R. (2005). An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Italian Literature: A Difficult Modernity. London: Duckworth.
Pasolini, P.P. (1983). Lutheran Letters. Carcanet New Press.
Tomasi di Lampedusa, G. (1993). The Leopard. London: Harvill.
Vittorini, E. (2004). Conversations in Sicily. Edinburgh: Canongate.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a broad understanding of the socio-historical and cultural background of Italian Literature and Culture from the Unification (1861) to the late 20th century.
Demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by some of the most important writers and intellectuals in modern and contemporary Italian literature.
Analyse set texts in detail.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the ways in which Italian social and political history is manifested in the set texts.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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