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Unit information: Modern Italian Texts in 2015/16

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Unit name Modern Italian Texts
Unit code ITAL10007
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Burdett
Open unit status Not open

Students must have an appropriate level of linguistic competence in Italian.



School/department Department of Italian
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

A study of two texts by major post-war authors.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit the student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the texts and with their formal devices.
  2. demonstrate understanding of their major concerns in terms of the historical, political, moral and personal issues raised by the texts.
  3. show that they have acquired skills of close reading in Italian.
  4. show that they have acquired skills of critical analysis and in expressing their independent judgements, in conjunction with appropriate use of secondary literature.

Teaching Information

One seminar hours per week across one teaching block (10 contact hours).

Assessment Information

Essay 1, 1500 words 50%,

Essay 2, 1500 words 50%.

Reading and References

  • Nicoletta Di Ciolla, Uncertain Justice: Crimes and Retribution in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010)
  • Joann Cannon, The novel as Investigation: Leonardo Sciascia, Dacia Maraini,