ATS2164 - Italian transformations: Reading and writing self-discovery - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Literary Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Melinda Harvey


Dr Melinda Harvey

Not offered in 2019


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


ATS3164Not offered in 2019



The unit will explore a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts that treat Italy as a site for transformations of the self. These self-discoveries are usually cast as positive but are on occasion of a more unsettling or disturbing kind. The unit will investigate why Italy has been a key site of renewal and 'undoing' in literature and will track the changes in the way such transformations of the self have been achieved. It will also account for the popularity of such narratives with readers past and present. In this unit there will be an emphasis on 'geo-located' reading experiences and writing exercises. For this reason there will be a particular focus on 'Tuscan transformations'; we will visit the actual sites and scenes of our texts and there will also be regular in situ writing excursions in Prato and surrounds.


On successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the representation of Italy generally (and Tuscany in particular) as a site of personal transformation in range of texts.
  2. Critically describe the diverse history of cultural investments in Italy as an agent of personal transformation for non-Italian writers.
  3. Produce a piece of Creative Writing, either fiction or non-fiction, that explores the transformational potential of Italy.
  4. Appreciate and articulate the relationships between environment, literary criticism and creative practice.


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.

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