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ITALG012 - Contemporary Italian Cultures

Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Nicola Ibba, Cristina Massaccesi and Lucia Rinaldi
Teaching structure:
one essay of 6,000 words. Weighting: 20% of total marks.

Module Description:

This module looks at Italian culture and cultural debates in the second half of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to subject matter drawn from 'high' and 'mass culture' – film, television, and comics. Key shifts are addressed, such as the emergence of mass culture and postmodernism, and the module examines theoretical texts by leading thinkers as well as fictional works and the proliferation of cultural forms in different media. Cinema is reviewed in its post-war history and in relation to debates in queer theory. The module also provides background for further study and for formulating a dissertation project.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • 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. Venezia: Marsilio, 2006.
  • McCloud, Scott, Understanding Comics, 1993.
  • McCloud, Scott, Reinventing Comics, 2000.