Skip to main content

IT316 - Experiments in Narrative II: Questioning the Present

  • Module code: IT316
  • Module name: Experiments in Narrative II: Questioning the Present
  • Department: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to enhance students’ understanding of questions of literary-critical and intellectual movements, of genre, and of readership/audience in Italian culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. By incorporating a broad chronological range of canonical and non-canonical texts, the module allows students to explore these questions from a variety of perspectives and thus to develop a nuanced and flexible understanding of concepts of genre and readership, whilst also mapping a history of the literary and cultural history of modern Italy.

Principal learning outcomes

demonstrate a broad and informed knowledge of the development of Italian literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, and specifically of key authors and literary-cultural questions within this period; demonstrate an understanding of specific areas of literary and cultural criticism and theory, and the capacity to analyse texts from a number of perspectives, encompassing formal, socio-cultural, and commercial factors; identify a history of Italian culture, and particularly reading cultures, since the Risorgimento, in terms of movements, issues, and individual authors/practitioners, and to place this within the context of a broader social and cultural history of Italy ; present analyses of individual texts or of specific intellectual or cultural issues in both written and oral form, and to discuss texts in an accurate and well-informed way ; employ skills in Italian language to a high level, and demonstrate an understanding of the development in the 19th century of an Italian literary language and of questions of regional and dialect literature

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar

Departmental link

Other essential notes

This module is not available in 2011-12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: IT316-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Italian (M165) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian with Spanish (R3R4) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian with Film Studies (R3W5) - Year 2