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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: Monday 12-2 OC1.09
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 four contemporary novels. The topics discussed will include the impact of displacement on subjectivity; the problematic notion of home; the memory of Italy’s colonial past; agency and voice; language and translation. 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.

This module will be open to all students across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, including those who are not taking Italian language.

Core Texts*

  • Shirin Ramzanali Fazel, Lontano da Mogadiscio (2017. 6a edition)
  • Amara Lakhous, Divorzio all’islamica a viale Marconi (2010)
  • Gabriella Ghermandi, Regina di fiori e di perle (2011)
  • Cristina Ali Farah, Madre piccola (2007)
Plus selected short stories from Jhumpa Lahiri, Racconti romani (2022) and Igiaba Scego, Future: Il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi (2019)

*English translations of the above texts can be found via the Talis Aspire reading list

Assessment for 2023-24

1250 word policy document (30%)
2500 word essay (70%)

Dr Joanne Lee

Jo dot Lee at warwick dot ac dot uk

Professor Jennifer Burns

j dot e dot burns at warwick dot ac dot uk

Additional materials/links

BBC Reith lectures: Kwame Anthony Appiah on 'Mistaken Identities': Colour, Creed, Country

Podcast: The Italian Files: Italian Colonialism: Horror in the Sun.