Module Identifier IT30610  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Mr Adriano Vincentelli  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Italian.  
Co-Requisite None (IT30710 recommended).  
Course delivery Contact Hours   15 Hours (Total of 15 Lectures/Seminars/Tutorials/Practicals.)  
Assessment Continuous assessment   1 essay of 1500-2000 words or assigment/presentation   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   70%  

Brief description

Neorealism 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 public's attention human, political and social problems.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will

Further Notes

Asor Rosa, A., Scruttori e popolo, Samona e Savelli
Barberi Squarotti, G., La narrativa italiana del dopoguerra, Cappelli, 1965, 3rd ed. 1975
Burke, F., 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 and 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

Marcus, Millicent. Italian film in the Light of Neorealism. Princeton University Press
Liehm, Mira. Passion and Defiance: film in Italy from 1942 to the Present. University of California Press
Bazin, A.. What is cinema?. University of California Press
Hill, A & P. Church Gibson (eds). The Oxford Guide to Film Studies.
Bondanella, Peter. Italian cinema from Neorealism to the Present. Frederick Ungar, New York, 1982
Overbe, David (ed). Springtiome in Italy: A reader on Neo-Realism. Talisman Books, London, 1978
Luchino Visconti. Ossessione.
Roberto Rossellini. (1945) Roma citta aperta.
Vittorio de sica. (1948) Ladri di biciclette.
Vittorini, E.. Uomini e no. Mondadori
Luciano de Giusti. (1985) I film di Luchino Visconti. Gremese Editore, Roma
Zannier, Italo (ed). Neorealismo e fotografia. Il Gruppo Friulano per una Nuova Fotografia 1955-1965. Art & Srl, Udine, 1987
HANDOUTS: (must read).
Gough-Yates, Kevin. 'The Destruction of Neo-Realism', Films and filming. vol 6, no 12. September 1970, pp. 14-22 (photocopy)
Crawford, Alistair. Carlo Bevilaqua Il Maestro. Aberystwyth 1986
Also available on request photocopy from: Alistair Crawford. Mario Giacomelli. Cardiff 1983
Pacifici, S.. A guide to contemporary Italian literature: from futurism to neorealism. Cleveland world Publishing (Medirian books)
Pacifici, S.. From Verismo to experimentalism: essays on the modern Italian novel. Indiana U.P.
Pacifici, S.. The modern Italian novel: From Pea to Moravia. Southern Illinois U.P.
Potter, J. H. Elio Vittorini. Twayne
Fiorentino, L.. Narratori del Novecento. Mondadori