Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU30078 Italian national option IT3: Scrittrici Italiane del ventesimo secolo
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
|Before taking this unit you must take EU20070|
Aims: To further the knowledge of Italian women's writing acquired in Year 1 and Year 2, and provide students with an overview of 20th Century women's writing in relation to the situation of women Italian literature, culture, and society; an in-depth knowledge of four narrative texts by major Italian women writers; and a set of critical and theoretical tools necessary for a gendered reading of the texts which can be transferred to the analysis of other discourses.
By the end of the unit students should be able to:
* evaluate the position of women in Italy as producers of literature over the 20th Century;
* understand the role of 1970s feminism in changing Italian women's position vis-à-vis the institution of literature;
* produce a gendered reading of a literary text by making use of different modes of textual analysis, including feminist theory;
* evaluate the extent women writers have revised and subverted traditional genres;
* identify themes in Italian women's writing as represented in the set texts.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.
Four set texts: Grazia Deledda, Cosima (1937); Dacia Maraini, Donna in guerra (1975); Francesca Sanvitale, Madre e figlia (1980); Elsa Morante, Aracoeli (1982). Lectures and seminars will focus on: artistic vocation and femininity, sex and gender, equality and difference, sexuality, patriarchal relations, relationships between women, mother-son/mother-daughter relationship, gender and genre (autobiography, romance, etc.), writing and sexual difference. New editions of the texts are currently in print. Taught partly in Italian.