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PL30078: Italian national option IT3: Scrittrici Italiane del ventesimo secolo

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation (CW 16%)
  • Write up (CW 17%)
  • Essay (ES 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: 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.

Learning Outcomes:
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 judgment, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Four set texts. 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30078 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB20 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)


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