ITAL4914 - Memory and History in Twentieth Century Italy

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Eleanor Chiari
Teaching structure:
two assessed 3000 word essays (50% each), one in-class presentation.

Module Description:

This module aims to provide an extensive introduction to themes related to the study of memory, memories and history with reference to twentieth-century Italy. Drawing on recent discussion in history and anthropology, the module begins with a study of methodology before moving on to more specific case studies in various periods of Italian history.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • A. Portelli, What makes oral history different in R. Perks and A. Thomson, The oral history reader (London, Routledge, 2006, pp. 32-42).
  • P. Connerton, How societies remember (CUP, Cambridge, 1989).
  • Primo Levi, I sommersi e I salvati (Turin, Einaudi, 2007). The Drowned and the Saved (Vintage, 1989).