ITALG011 - Contemporary Italian Histories

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Eleanor Chiari, Prof John Dickie and Federica Mazzara
Teaching structure:
one 6,000 word essay. Weighting: 20% of total marks.

Module Description:

This module analyses various key issues in contemporary Italian history, from a series of points of view and using different sources and approaches. Students will look at: the history of organised crime, historical memory and social conflict in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s, emigration and immigration in literature and film. The module is designed to reflect on the methods and theories used in analysis as well as to engage with critical moments of transition or with the peculiarities of the Italian case. It also provides a background for further study and for formulating a dissertation project.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Dickie, John, Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia, Hodder & Stoughton, 2004.
  • De Amicis, E, Cuore, any modern edition. Original edition Milan, 1886.
  • Anderson, B, Imagined Communities, (revised edn), Verso, 1991.
  • Antonello, Pierpaolo and O'Leary, Alan (eds) Imagining Terrorism: The Rhetoric and Representation of Political Violence in Italy 1969-2009 (Legenda Italian Perspectives) 2011.
  • Cento Bull, Anna, Speaking Out and Silencing: Culture, Society and Politics in Italy in the 1970s (Legenda Italian Perspectives) 2005.
  • Memories of 1968. International Perspectives, Cornils I., Waters S. (eds), Peter Lang, Oxford, 2010.
  • Passerini, Luisa, Autoritratto di gruppo, Giunti, Florence, 1989.
  • Methnani S., Fortunato M., Immigrato, Bompiani, 2006.
  • Lakhous A. Scontro di civilta' per un ascensore a Piazza Vittorio (Also available in English translation. The Italian version is recommended!) (Waterstones).
  • Lemes Dias C., 'Livia e il Drago', in Storie di extracomunitaria follia (Moodle).
  • Parati, G. 'Where do Migrants live?'. Annali di italianistica. 28 (2010).