ITALG012 - Contemporary Italian Cultures

Value: 30 credits

Tutor: Dr Nicola Ibba, Dr Cristina Massaccesi and Dr Lucia Rinaldi

Teaching structure: lectures and seminars

Assessment: One 6,000 word essay. Weighting: 20% of the total marks for the degree.

Module Description:

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.

Preparatory reading:

  • 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.