Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Il Novecento

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will be divided into two distinct parts. The first part will be dedicated to the development of the Italian lyric tradition via a series of close readings of a number of poems from the Novecento. The primary texts may include works by Umberto Saba, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio Montale, Sandro Penna, and Giovanni Giudici, among others. Along with issues of periodization, special attention will be given to poetic forms, figures of speech, rhythm, metre and the rapport between sound and meaning.

In the second part of the study-unit, we will examine a range of examples of Italian fiction with a particular focus on a series of interrelated topics in postmodern narrative: literary self-consciousness, space and temporality, narrative technique, intertextuality, citationality, authorial intention and the relationship between literary representation and veracity.

We will also be discussing the films based on some of the novels which will be treated. The intent of this part of the study-unit dedicated to Italian fiction is thus to combine twentieth-century written narrative and cinema in a critical and compelling fashion. The works of fiction may include Luigi Pirandello’s Il fu Mattia Pascal, Italo Calvino’s Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, Antonio Tabucchi’s Sostiene Pereira (novel and film), Giorgio Manganelli’s Centuria, and Francesco Marroni’s Nelle vene del tempo.

Reading List:

Ferroni,G. (2007), Letteratura italiana contemporanea, Mondadori Universita`, 2 volumes
Pirandello, L. (1997) Il fu Mattia Pascal (preferably Mondadori)
Calvino, I. (1979) Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore, Einaudi
Tabucchia, A. (1994) Sostiene Pereira, Feltrinelli

A reading pack with a selection of twentieth-century poetry and prose as well as a series of theoretical and critical readings will be made available at the start of the study-unit.

Recommended reading:

Fortini, F. (1978) I poeti del Novecento, Laterza
Mengaldo, P. (1978) Poeti italiani del Novecento, Mondadori
Lucente, G. (1995), Bellissime fiabe, Milella

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: At least an Intermediate level in Italian or ask permission from lecturer holding the study-unit.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Fabrizio Foni

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