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ITALG012 - Contemporary Italian Cultures
Value: 30 credits
Teaching structure: lectures and seminars
Assessment: One 6,000 word essay. Weighting: 20% of the total marks for the degree.
The module runs over one term and looks into Italian visual culture in the 20th century and beginning of 21st century. It takes a multidisciplinary approach and focuses on cinema, television and comics and aims at investigating the representation of political, social and ideological debates in contemporary Italy.
- Weeks 1-2: Media and Politics from Fascism to the 1950s;
- Weeks 3-4: Television Culture in Italy;
- Weeks 5-7: Defining Comics’ Culture in Italy;
- Weeks 8-9: Italian Comics and Ideology;
- Weeks 10-11: Queer Theory and Non-Normative Sexualities in Contemporary Italian Cinema.
At the end of the module students will have gained insight into key aspects of Italian culture; developed socio-political, cultural and historical research skills and improved oral and written presentation skills.
- Forgacs, David and Gundle, Stephen, Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2007.
- Ginsborg, Paul, Silvio Berlusconi: television, power and patrimony. London: Verso, 2004.
- Hibberd, Matthew, The Media in Italy: Press, Cinema and Broadcasting from Unification to Digital. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2007.
- Monteleone, Franco, Televisione ieri e oggi: studi e analisi sul caso italiano. Venice: Marsilio, 2006.
- McCloud, Scott, Understanding Comics. New York: Harper Collins, 1993.
- Eisner, Will, Comics and Sequential Art. Tamarac: Poorhouse Press, 2003.
- Eco, Umberto, Apocalittici e integrati. Milan: Bompiani, 1964.
- Genovese, Renato, L’avventurosa storia del fumetto italiano. Rome: Castelvecchi, 2009.
- Bocchi, Pier Maria, Mondo Queer. Cinema e militanza gay. Turin: Lindau, 2005.
- Sullivan, Nikki, A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory. New York: NYU Press, 2000.
Additional readings, handouts and audiovisual material will be provided in class and on Moodle.