Introduction to Post-Unification Italy

Module code: IT1028/IT1038
Module co-ordinator: Dr Simona Storchi

Module Aims

Students will learn the development of Italian history and culture from its Unification to the Second World War, and develop the necessary analytical skills to read different texts and to place them in their historical and cultural context. They will work in groups and give presentations based on personal research and the critical appraisal of sources.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the development of Italian history and culture from the Unification of Italy to the Second World War and of the relationship between social and historical change and cultural representations
  • Develop the necessary analytical skills to read different texts and to place them in their historical and cultural context
  • Work individually and in groups and give presentations based on personal research and the critical appraisal of sources

Module IT1038 is an expanded version of IT1028 (worth 20 credits instead of 10). This option will give you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of the relationship between history and culture in post-unification Italy.

Learning

For IT1028:

  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars 
  • 90 hours of guided independent study

For IT1038:

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 5 hours of seminars
  • 5 hours of tutorials
  • 180 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

For IT1028:

  • Essay, 1,500-2,000 words (100%)

For IT1038:

  • 2 Essays, each 2,000 words (50% each)

Key Texts

  • A and M Caesar, Modern Italian Literature (Polity, 2007)
  • C Duggan, A concise history of Italy (CUP, 1994)

Texts studied include Giovanni Verga, Luigi Pirandello a selection of Futurist manifestos, and texts and images related to the fascist period.