ATS3058 - New writing in Italy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Italian Studies


Dr Francesco Ricatti

Not offered in 2017



The strong worldwide impact of globalization of the last few decades has introduced new economic and cultural challenges in Italy. The aim of this unit is to analyse and understand how the late-twentieth century process of transformation in Italian society has been reflected in the literary production. Students will read and study a number of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, dealing with aspects of contemporary Italian life and society. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Italy today, and about the way in which Italian writers use their craft to respond to important social issues. In particular, this subject intends to highlight the main traits of a 'new' literature that is gradually enriching the Italian cultural horizon: texts produced in Italian by writers who originally belong to other cultures and who have chosen Italy as destination of their migration, as well as texts exploring Italy's place in the world and its interaction with other cultures. The unit will be taught in intensive mode over three weeks.


  1. Ability to synthesize and perform critical analysis of literary texts and to develop and evaluate arguments.
  2. Ability to work in pairs or small groups for class discussions and activities, with commitment to shared goals appropriate interpersonal skills.
  3. Familiarity and critical engagement with Italian contemporary culture, including the role of literature and intellectual engagement in a globalized society.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. + Additional requirements + This unit is taught intensively at Prato

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Interactive 2-hour seminar plus 1-hour workshop (4 days per week for 3 weeks = total of 36 hours equivalent to 12 week semester)

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


Students must have achieved a level equivalent to Italian B2 + Italian studies (Independent User). See