Italian Women's Writing

Module code: IT3137

Module co-ordinator: Professor Sharon Wood

Module Aims

Students will be introduced to the theoretical and practical implications of a study of women’s writing in Italy. Texts will be viewed within a shifting social, cultural and political context over the twentieth century. Close readings of individual texts will be complemented by aspects of literary and feminist theory.

Learning outcomes

Students will have an understanding of the shifting political, legal and cultural status of women over the Twentieth century in Italy. They will gain an understanding of aspects of feminist criticism, and will be encouraged to consider how narrative can explore the complex historical dynamic of women and writing.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, seminars and students presentations.

Assessment Method

  • 3,000 word essay
  • Three-hour examination

Key Texts

Recommended for purchase:

  • Sibilla Aleramo, Una donna (1906)
  • Anna Banti, Artemisia (1947)
  • Elsa Morante, L’isola di Arturo (1957)
  • Dacia Maraini, La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (1991)