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Lectures

Week 2: Avant-Garde Movements of the Early Twentieth Century

Preparation: Look at the webpages of the Tate Modern Futurism Exhibition. Click on explore and view the rooms and explanations.
Look and read about the work of Futurist Artists.
Read F. T. Marinetti's Manifesto of Futurism, published in 1909
Going to London? Visit the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Week 3: Giuseppe Ungaretti: themes and style

Preparation: familiarise yourself with a current map of Italy

Further reading: for detailed information on the period 1871 to 1914 see Martin Clark, Modern Italy, Chapters 2-8 for a more concise introduction see Christopher Duggan, The Force of Destiny, Chapters 16-18

Week 4: Introduction to Italy at the start of the twentieth-century. World War I

Further reading:
Duggan, Chapters 19 and 20
Clark, Chapter 9

Week 5: Neorealism in Literature and Film

You should focus on reading Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno over reading week.

Week 7 : The Post-War Settlement and Rise of Fascism to the March on Rome

Further reading:
Duggan, Chapter 21
Clark, Chapter 10
Watch: Youtube: Fascism in Color documentary - a 5 part series

Week 8: The Consolidation of Fascism

Further reading
Duggan, Chapters 22-25
Clark, Chapters 11-13

Week 9: Italy and World War II

Further reading
Duggan, Chapter 26
Clark, Chapter 14

Week 10: 1943-1945 The Resistance and Liberation

Further reading
Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy, Chapters 1 & 2
Clark, Chapter 15
Duggan, Chapter 27

Practice your singing! Bella ciao! Fischia il vento

 

Term 2, Week 1: Post-war Settlement, Italian Politics 1945-1953, Christian Democracy

 Further reading
Duggan, Chapters 27
Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy, Chapters 3-5
John Foot, Modern Italy, Chapter 4
Martin Clark, Modern Italy, Chapter 16

 

Term 2, Week 2: 'Economic Miracle', Internal Migration, Urbanisation

Further reading
Duggan, Chapter 28
Ginsborg, Chapter 7
Clark, Chapter 17
PCI - Il prezzo del miracolo

 

Term 2, Week 3: Italy 1960-1969

Further reading:
Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy, Chapters 8 and 9

Term 2, Week 4: Gli anni di piombo

Further reading:
Ginsborg, A History of Contemporary Italy, Chapter 10
See also:
Ustica plane crash 

Term 2, Week 5: The Mafia

  John Dickie, Cosa Nostra. A History of the Sicilian Mafia (2004)
Matt Frei, Italy: The Unfinished Revolution (London: Mandarin, 1996), see chapter on Mafia.
Mark Gilbert, The Italian Revolution: The End of Politics, Italian Style, (Westview Press, 1995), pp 24-45
Paul Ginsborg, Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 (London: Penguin, 2001), see Chapter 6 and pp. 259-63.
Charles Richards, The New Italians (Penguin, 1995), see Chapter 10.

Term 2, Week 7: Changing Italian Families

Paul Ginsborg, Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 (London: Penguin, 2001), see Chapters 3 and 4, 9

Term 2, Week 8: Italy 1980-1993

Paul Ginsborg, Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 (London: Penguin, 2001), see Chapters 5, 7, 8
Mark Gilbert, The Italian Revolution: The End of Politics Italian Style? (Westview Press, 1995).
Martin Clark, Modern Italy (London & New York: Longman, 2nd ed. 1996), see Chapters 19, 20.
See also: Roberto Calvi: The Independent

Term 2, Week 9: Immigration

Mai, Nicola, ‘The Albanian Diaspora in the Making: Media, Migration and Social Exclusion’, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31 (3) May 2005 pp. 543-61
Mai, Nicola, ‘The Cultural Construction of Italy in Albania and Vice-Versa: Migration dynamics, strategies of resistance and politics of mutual self-definition across colonialism and post-colonialism’, in Modern Italy 8 (1) 2003, pp. 77-94

Zincone, Giovanna ‘The making of policies: Immigration and immigrants in Italy,’ Journal of ethnic and migration studies 2006 vol:32 iss:3 pg:347 -375
Zambenedetti, A. ‘Multiculturalism in Italian Cinema’, Studies in European Cinema, 3:2 (2006), pp. 105-16

Term 2, Week 10: Silvio Berlusconi

‘Addio Dolce Vita: A Survey of Italy’, The Economist, 26 November 2005, see especially ‘The Strange Cases of Silvio Berlusconi, p. 14.
Paul Ginsborg, Silvio Berlusconi, Television, Power and Patrimony (London & New York: Verso, 2005).
Paul Ginsborg, Italy and its Discontents 1980-2001 (London: Penguin, 2001), see Chapter 9, ‘From Berlusconi to Berlusconi’.
Tobias Jones, The Dark Heart of Italy (London: Faber & Faber, 2003), see Chapter 8.
See also The Economist, 'Silvio Berlusconi, An Italian Story' and The Economist, 'Out of Time'