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On completion of this module students should be able to:- recognize the place of the novels studied in the broad historical and cultural context of Italy, as well as in the specific context of Italian women's history and culture; - develop an awareness of the complexities surrounding definitions of women's writing;- present ideas orally and engage in discussion in tutorials;analyse the texts in terms of both form and content through providing a detailed commentary on individual texts; write a critical essay appropriate to a third-year student of Italian literature, taking due account of critical sources.Indicative Module Content:
INDICATIVE OUTLINE OF LECTURES
1. Introduction to the course. Initial approaches: the canon.
2. How do women write? Theoretical approaches
3. Aleramo: Contexts; women in Italy at the turn of the century.
4. Una donna: The novel's structure and Autobiographical Fiction.
5. Una donna: Themes and Issues.
7. Maraini: Intellectual Backdrop and Intertextual Reference.
8. Maraini: Setting and Significance: Women in Italy in the 1700s.
9. Maraini: Themes and Issues; Structure and Perspective.
10. Further considerations on Feminist theory
Tutorials (weekly) will involve detailed consideration of Italian Feminist Theory, close textual readings and commentary practice as well as discussion of essay-writing skills.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Students should have completed Italian Language IIb (ITAL20080) or have an equivalent competency in the language. Texts will be read in Italian. It would be useful if core texts were read in advance of commencement of the module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Essay: Comparative essay of at least 2,500 words. Students have a wide choice of essays.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Detailed essay plan/abstract, including bibliographical references||Week 6||n/a||Graded||No||
|Class Test: Commentary on one of the core texts. Students have a choice of text.||Week 9||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
The (low-stakes) essay plan submitted in week 6 will receive individual feedback normally within 10-15 working days, in order to allow students to better structure the (high-stakes) essay due in week 12. The (class test) commentary (due in week 9) will normally be returned with 20 working days, with individual feedback.
|Mrs Bianca Battilocchi||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Ursula Fanning||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|