ITALG010 - Italy: A Difficult Modernity

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Prof John Dickie
Teaching structure:
One essay of 6,000 words.  Weighting: 20% of the total marks for the degree. 

Module Description:

This module seeks to provide an introduction to methodological, historical and theoretical issues that address Italy's experience of modernity in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Key questions that are examined include notions of 'traditional' and 'modern' societies, the 'nation', and 'national identity', mafia and organised crime, and the relationship of Italian culture to American models of modernity. The module is designed to give a background for study on other modules and for research on the dissertation.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts

  • Levi, Carlo, Cristo si e' fermato a Eboli (Turin: Einaudi, 1945; 2012).
  • Forgacs, David, Industrial Culture in the Industrial Era, 1910-80 (Manchester: Manchester University Press 1990).
  • Forgacs, David & Lumley, Robert, eds, Italian Cultural Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).
  • Ben-Ghiat, Ruth, Fascist Modernities, 1922-45 (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001).
  • Schnapp, Jeffrey, Modernitalia (Oxford: Peter Lang, September 2012).
  • Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 2006).
  • De Amicis, Edmondo, Cuore (Milan: Garzanti, 1886; 2012)
  • Dickie, John, Cosa Nostra (London: Palgrave, 2006)
  • Gambetta, Diego, The Sicilian Mafia (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1996).

All reading and the full module outline are available from the moodle page from the first week of term.