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.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, workshops, independent research.

Assessment

  • One essay of 1,500-2,000 words plus formative group work
  • For IT1038, you will submit a further essay of 1,500 words on a course-related topic agreed with your tutor

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.