Faculty of Arts


Modern Italian Fiction and Drama


This course is taught in Italian.

The course presents historical developments, artistic movements, main writers and significant short stories, novels and plays of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It considers the structures, topics and influence of these works and the ways in which they refer to historical, social and political issues as well as to literary and theatrical conventions.

The course (taught in Italian) offers the following topics:

  • Italy between the two world wars (Futurism and Pirandello)
  • The impact of Fascism, the racial laws and the war (Giorgio Bassani and Primo Levi)
  • The country’s reconstruction after the war and the economic miracle (Eduardo de Filippo)
  • The 1970s: feminism and terrorism (Dario Fo and Franca Rame)
  • The new millennium: recent developments in Italian theatre (narrative theatre) and fiction (Italophone writers)



Coursework only

Availability 2021

Not taught in 2021


Coordinator(s) Dr Daniela Cavallaro


Readings will be made available on Canvas and in the General Library


ITALIAN 330: 15.0 points


ITALIAN 201 and 15 points from ITALIAN 202, 204, 206, 209, 211, 235, 236


ITALIAN 300 or equivalent language proficiency


ITALIAN 331, 339, 712, 739

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