Authors and Genres

Module code: IT1027

In this module you will be introduced to postwar Italian literature through the study of selected works, authors and genres, such as the novel and the modern short story. Texts are read in Italian and in English translation. You will gain an understanding of the history of postwar Italian literature, some of its key writers, and the genres of the novel and the short story. At the end of this module we will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the development of postwar Italian literature and will have developed the necessary analytical skills to analyse literary texts and place them in their historical and cultural context.

Topics covered

  • Different genres: the novel and the short story
  • Postwar Italian history and society, including the boom
  • Different identities, e.g. gender, political, religious identities
  • Migration
  • The city and landscape

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 130 hours of guided independent study

Assessment: Coursework

  • Presentation (20%)
  • Essay, 1,500 words (80%)