Italian 20th Century Literature
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Itaalia 20. sajandi kirjandus
Course title in English
Italian 20th Century Literature
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Getting acquainted with the main trends and principal authors of 20th century Italian literature and discuss select works in their historico-cultural, receptional and theoretical contexts (I and many; language and I; the non-written and the written world; real and fantastic space; focalization and the depicted world; image and word; dictatorship, censorship and literature; war and literature; holocaust and literature; science and literature; feminism and literature; postmodernism and literature).
Brief description of the course
Decadentism and antidecadentism at the beginning of the 20th c. (D’Annunzio, Pascoli, i crepuscolari: Gozzano); word and reality: the historical avant-garde (Marinetti and futurism) and i lirici nuovi (Ungaretti, Montale, Saba) in the context of World War I; Italian modernism and its main topics (Pirandello, Svevo, Gadda); dictatorship, censorship and literature (Gramsci, Moravia, Vittorini, Pavese, Silone and the hermetic poetry); il fantastico italiano (Savinio, Bontempelli, Buzzati, Landolfi); neorealism as a method and neorealisms (Vittorini, Pratolini, Pavese, C. Levi, Calvino, Moravaia, Fenoglio jt); holocaust and literature (Bassani and P. Levi); the new historical novel and Tomasi di Lampedusa’s “Gattopardo”; Gruppo ’63 and the new avant-garde: communicablity and incommunicabilty; Pasolini and Calvino: the poetic of otherness; feminism and Italian women’s literature (G. Deledda, A. Roselli, E. Morante, N. Ginsburg, D. Maraini, O. Fallaci et al.); postmodernism and literature (Calvino, Manganelli, Eco); science and literature (Manganelli, Volponi, Eco, Zanzotto, Magrelli); the giallo and mafia literature (Sciascia, Saviano, Lucarelli, Carofiglio et al); recent narrative: Tabucchi, Barricco, Ammaniti, Celati et al).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- will know the most important trends and authors of 20th century Italian literature;
- will be able to analyse the selected works and write an analytical essay on a specific topic agreed upon with the lecturer.
Ülar Ploom