Module Identifier IT20610  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibiliity for entry to Level 2 Italian.  
Course delivery Contact Hours   15 Hours (Total of 15 Lectures/Seminars/Tutorials/Practicals)  
Assessment Continuous assessment   1 essay c. 2000 words or assignment/presentation   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Brief description

Neorealism as a movement, if indeed it can be described as a movement, was very short-lived, yet associated with it are the names of some of the best known film directors, artists and writers of the fifties: from Rossellini and Visconti to Fellini, from Vittorini and Pasolini to Calvino. Despite running rapidly into the hostility of the Italian establishment its influence was profound and long-lasting both within Italy and abroad. After the long years of Fascist propaganda and mystification it distinguished itself for its keen sense of social responsibility, moral commitment and for its increasingly unwelcome determination to bring to the public's attention human, political and social problems.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will

Further Notes

Asor Rosa, A., Scrittori e popolo, Samona e Savelli.
Barberi Squarotti, La narrativa italiana del dopoguerra, Cappelli, 1965. 3rd ed. 1975.
Burke, Federico Fellini, Columbus Books.
Falaschi, G., Realta e Retorica: La letteratura del neorealismo italiano, G. D'Anna, Messina-Firenze.
Ferretti, G. C., Letteratura e Ideologia, Editori Riuniti.
Liehm, M., Passion and Defiance, University of California Press.
Luperini, R., Il Novecento (2v.), Loescher, 1981.
Manacorda, G., Storia della letteratura contemporanea 1940-1975, Editori Riuniti, 1977.
Marcus, M., Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism, Princeton.
Pacifici, S., The modern Italian novel (3): From Pea to Moravia, Southern Illinois University Press, 1979.
Pullini, G., Il romanzo italiano del dopoguerra (1940-1960), Marsilio.
Witcombe, R. T., The New Italian Cinema, Secker Warburg.
Writers and Society in Contemporary Italy, ed. M. Caesar & P. Hainsworth, Berg, 1984.

Visconti, L., Ossessione, La Terra trema
De Sica, Ladri di Biciclette
Rossellini, R., Paisa
Fellini, La Strada.

Art & Photography:
Guttuso; C. Bevilacqua, M. Giacomelli (from UWA collection)

Additional material will be handed out in class.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Vittorini, E.. Uomini e no. (Subject to availability)
Calvino, I.. L'entrata in guerra. (Subject to availability)