Italian Literature: The Abandoned 1960 to the present

Ref: C2422565

We shall discover how Italian literature has evolved in the post-war period and assess its treatment of society, politics and the role of women.

Course aim

This course will explore post-war Italian literature.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will be able to discuss the nature of autobiographical fiction in both Bassani & Ferrante.
  • You will be able to explain the role of corruption in Italy as illustrated in post-war literature.
  • You will be able to describe the relationship between a masculine culture and the position of women.
  • You will be able to relate Italian literature to the wider sphere of post-war European literature.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Recommended pre-reading: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis - Georgia Bassani. The Day of the Owl - Leonardo Sciascia. Days of Abandonment - Elena Ferrante. The Solitude of Prime Numbers - Paolo Giordano The short story The Adventure of a Reader - Italo Calvino will be provided on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Italian Literature: The Abandoned 1960 to the present

Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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