English and Italian Literature (50% English, 50% Italian) has a strong and distinctive comparative approach and has been specially designed for those who wish to begin or pursue a study of Italian language and literature whilst continuing to study the English tradition, as well as exploring interactions between the two. Throughout your degree you will study Italian language at an appropriate level (as with other Italian degrees, entrants are not required to have previous knowledge of Italian). Other modules range from medieval and renaissance Italy or England (for instance, Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer and Shakespeare) to contemporary literature, culture and film. The Italian and English Short Fiction module (IT309) is co-taught by the two departments and bridges the English and Italian traditions very effectively, while laying down the foundations for comparative study. A challenging but exhilarating degree course, this often attracts some of our strongest students, who wish to join linguistic proficiency with sophisticated literary and cultural analysis.
Students are required to take four year-long modules, two in Italian Studies and two in English and Comparative Literary Studies:
2. Either Representations of Modern Italy (IT110) or Forms and Fashions in Italian Intellectual Culture (IT113).
3. The Epic Tradition (EN101).
Year abroad in Italy.
Students are required to take 120 credits:
1. Modern Italian Language II (IT301).
2. An option (either 30 credits or 2 x 15 credits) from the Italian Studies offerings.
3. Comparative Literature: Italian and English Short Fiction (IT309), ranging from Boccaccio and Chaucer to contemporary short-fiction writing (30 credits).
Students are required to take 120 credits, half in Italian and half in English:
1. Modern Italian Language III (IT401).