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Transnational Stories in Italy

Module Code: IT331
Module Name: Transnational Stories in Italy
Module Coordinator: Dr Joanne Lee
Date and time TBC
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

The module aims to enhance students' understanding of how mobility and immigration have shaped identities in Italy in recent decades. Students will develop a detailed knowledge of Italy’s history as a former colonial power and explore the impact of postcoloniality on national cultures. These questions will be explored in relation to Italy’s identity as a destination country in global migratory flows through an analysis of three contemporary novels and two films. The topics discussed will include the impact of displacement on subjectivity; the problematic notion of home; the memory of Italy’s colonial past; and motherhood and migration. The analysis of the texts will be informed by theories of personal, cultural, and national identity construction and students will develop an awareness of how terms such as transnationalism, postcolonialism, hybridity and multiculturalism can be applied to the Italian case.

Core Texts*

Gabriella Ghermandi, Regina di fiori e di perle (2011)
Cristina Ali Farah, Madre piccola (2007)
Amara Lakhous, Divorzio all’islamica a viale Marconi (2010)
FILM: Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea (2015) and A Ciambra (2017)


1000 word policy document (30%)
3000 word essay (70%)