Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Raffaele Lampugnani


Previously coded ITA3350


The unit analyses the socio-historical context of unified Italy through a reading of three major Sicilian novels fundamental to the devlopment of the modern novel form. Attention will be paid to the theory behind narrative techniques intended to represent objective reality.


The unit seeks to equip students with analytical skills transferable to broader contexts and should enable them to discern how methods of interpretation and preference for certain topics can influence the text. As students work progressively through the body of material, they should develop an understanding of the nature of realistic representation, the questionable claim of producing objective reality. They should be able to acquire those skills which will enable them to analyse critically a literary text: distinguish between author and narrator, be aware of narrative structures and of the relationship between the reader and the text.


Examination (2 hours): 30%
2 assignments (1500 words each): 50%
3 Seminar participation tasks: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Raffaele Lampugnani

Contact hours

3 hours (2 hour seminar and 1 hour lecture) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Italian studies