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MPhil in European Literature & Culture


MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures

2007/08

Module MML IT 20th Century

New Commitments: Literature, Cinema and Culture in Italy 1960 – present


Tu 2-4 Venue: Media Centre, RFB
22 January. Session 1: ‘Intellectuals, Writers and Commitment’ (Dr P Antonello)

Primary texts

A. Gramsci, “Intellectuals and Education”, in A Gramsci reader: selected writings 1916-1935. Ed. by D. Forgacs (London): 300-22.


I. Calvino, ‘Il mare dell’oggettività’ (1959); ‘La sfida al labirinto’ (1962), in Saggi (Milano, Monadori 1997). Eng. trans. The Uses of Literature (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986)

I. Calvino, ‘Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature’ in The Uses of Literature: http://www.centerforbookculture.org/context/no7/calvino.html

I. Calvino, La giornata di uno scrutatore (1963); Eng. Trans. The Watcher and Other Stories (Harcourt 1975)
L. Sciascia, Il giorno della civetta (1961), Eng trans. The Day of the Owl (Granta 2001)

D. Fo, Morte accidentale di un anarchico (1970), Eng trans. Accidental death of an anarchist (London : Pluto, 1980)

P.P. Pasolini, Empirismo eretico (1972), Eng trans. Heretical empiricism, ed. by Louise K. Barnett (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988)
U. Eco, “Apocalyptic and Integrated Intellectuals: Mass Communication and Theories of Mass Culture”, in Apocalypse Postponed, ed. D. Lumley (Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1994): 17-35.

U. Eco, “Does the Audience have Bad Effects on Television?” in Apocalypse Postponed: 87-102.



Critical reading

B. Denis, Littérature et engagement: de Pascal à Sartre (Paris: Seuil, 2000): chapter 1.

J. Burns, Fragments of 'impegno'. Interpretations of Commitment in Contemporary Italian Narrative 1980-2000, Leeds: Northern Universities Press, 2001: Introduction and chapter 1.

D. Ward, ‘Intellectuals, culture and power in postwar Italy’, The Italianist, 21/22 (2001/2002), pp. 291-318.

J. Francese, ‘Renegotiating the Role of the Intellectual in the Age of Globalization’ Annali d’Italianistica 24 (2006): 295-309

C. Benedetti, R. Ceserani, R. Luperini, A. Tortorella, ‘Scrivere: The Public Intellectual’, Italian Culture 24-25 (2006-2007): 141-194.


29 January. Session 2: ‘Italian tragedies: History, memory and representation’ (Dr P Antonello)
Texts and films:
L. Sciascia, L’affaire Moro (1982); Engl. Trans. The Moro affair; and, The mystery of Majorana (Manchester : Carcanet, 1987).

C. Ginzburg, Il giudice e lo storico: considerazioni in margine al processo Sofri (1991). Engl. Trans. The judge and the historian: marginal notes on a late-twentieth-century miscarriage of justice. (London : Verso, 2002).

M. Paolini & G. Vacis, Il racconto del Vajont (1997). Engl. Trans. The story of Vajont (Boca Raton: Bordighera, 2000). The video of the performance can be borrowed from the Italian dept secretary [available only in Italian].

Pasolini, un delitto italiano (dir. M.T. Giordana, 1995)

I cento passi (dir. M.T. Giordana, 2000)

5 February. Session 3: ‘New realisms, new commitments: Pasolini and Rosi’ (Prof Z Baranski)

Films

Francesco Rosi, Le mani sulla città (1963)

P.P. Pasolini, Uccellacci, uccellini (1966)

P.P. Pasolini, Teorema (1969)

Francesco Rosi, Il caso Mattei (1972)
Bibliography
N. Greene, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cinema as Heresy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

M. Viano, A Certain Realism. Making Use of Pasolini's Film Theory and Practice, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

C. Testa, ed., Poet of Civic Courage: The Films of Francesco Rosi, Trowbridge: Flicks, 1995.

J. Burns, Fragments of "impegno", Leeds: Northern Universities Press, 2001, pp. 13-58


12 February. Session 4: ‘Rome and the Holocaust: Cinema, narrative, history, memory’ (Dr R Gordon)
Texts and films:
Giacomo Debenedetti, 16 ottobre 1943 (1944); Eng. Trans. The sixteenth of October 1943, and other wartime essays, with a preface by A. Moravia (Market Harborough: University Texts in association with Hull Italian Texts, 1996).

Rosetta Loi, La parola ebreo (1997); Eng. Trans., First Words: A Childhood in Fascist Italy (Owl Books 2001).

Alessandro Portelli, L’ordine è già stato eseguito. Roma, le Fosse Ardeatine, la memoria (1999); Eng. Trans. The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi

Massacre in Rome, Palgrave Macmillan (2007)
L’oro di Roma (dir. Carlo Lizzani, 1961) [Available only in Italian]

Concorrenza sleale (dir. Ettore Scola, 2001)

La finestra di fronte (dir. Ferzan Ozpetek, 2003)
Bibliography
Alessandro Portelli, ‘Oral testimony, the Law and the Making of History: the April 7 Murder Trial’, History Workshop, 20 (1985): 5-35

Stefania Lucamante, ‘The “Indispensable” Legacy of Primo Levi: from Eraldo Affinati to Rosetta Loy Between History and Fiction’, Quaderni d’italianistica, 24, 2, 2003, pp.87-104

Giacomo Lichtner, ‘For the Few, Not the Many: Delusion and Denial in Italian Holocaust Films’, in Toby Haggith and Joanna Newman, eds, Holocaust and the Moving Image. Representations in film and television since 1933 (London: Wallflower, 2005), pp.236-42

Millicent Marcus, ‘Return of the Repressed: Italian Film and Holocaust Memory’, in Joshua Zimmerman, ed., Jews in Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule, 1922-1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp.321-9

Millicent Marcus, Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz (Toronto, Toronto UP, 2007)

19 February. Session 5: ‘The personal in history: Commitment after ideology’. (Dr A O’Leary)


Films
Aprile. Nanni Moretti 1998

La meglio gioventù. Marco Tullio Giordana 2003
Other films
Rocco e i suoi fratelli. Luchino Visconti 1960

Salvatore Giuliano. Francesco Rosi 1962

Caro Diario. Nanni Moretti 1993

I cento passi. Marco Tullio Giordana 2000

Il Caimano. Nanni Moretti 2006
Further Reading
Bonsaver, Guido (2002). ‘The egocentric Cassandra of the left: Representations of politics in the films of Nanni Moretti’, The Italianist, 21/22 (2001–2002), pp. 158–83

Volpi, Gianni (1996). Entry for ‘Italian Political Cinema’ in G. Nowell-Smith, The Companion to Italian Cinema, London: Cassell/BFI, pp. 95-96

Battaglia, Salvatore (ed.) (1961-2004). Entry for ‘Impegno’ in Grande Dizionario della Lingua Italiana, vol. vii, Torino: UTET, p.430

Forgacs, David (2004). ‘Our Friends From Turin’, in Sight and Sound, July 2004. Available at http://www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/76

O’Leary, Alan (2007). ‘Marco Tullio Giordana and the persistence of “impegno”’, in Angela Barwig and Thomas Stauder (eds.) Intellettuali italiani del secondo novecento, Oldenbourg: Verlag für deutsch-italienische Studien, pp.481-502

Ward, David (2002). ‘Intellectuals, culture and power in postwar Italy’, The Italianist, 21/22 (2001/2002), pp. 291-318


26 February. Session 6: ‘Fragments of (postmodern) impegno: crime, terror, gender’. (Dr P Antonello)

Texts

Giancarlo De Cataldo, Romanzo criminale (2002)

Giancarlo De Cataldo (ed.), Crimini. The Bitter Lemon Book of Italian Crime Fiction (Bitter Lemon Press 2008)

Roberto Saviano, Gomorra (2007); tr. eng. Gomorrah. Italy’s Other Mafia (2008)

Massimo Carlotto, Nessuna cortesia all’uscita (2000)
Films
La seconda volta (M. Calopresti, dir. 1995)

La meglio gioventù (M.T. Giordana, dir. 2003)

Buongiorno notte (M. Bellocchio, dir. 2003)

Romanzo criminale (M. Placido, dir, 2005)


Critical reading

Lombardi, Giancarlo: "Unforgiven: Revisiting Political Terrorism in La seconda volta"



Italica, (77:2), 2000 Summer, 199-213.

Chiacchiari, Federico, ‘Venezia 60 – “Dovevo affermare la mia assoluta infedeltà ai fatti e alla Storia”: incontro con Marco Bellocchio’



De Cataldo Neuburger, Luisella and Tiziana Valentini, Women and Terrorism, trans. by Leo Michael Hughes (London: Macmillan, 1996).

Orton, Marie, ‘Demonsterizing the Myth of the Terrorist Woman: Faranda, Braghetti, and

Mambro’, Annali d’italianistica, 16 (1998), 281-96.

Ronci, D., ‘L’immagine della donna terrorista nella informazione’, in Diritto e rovescio: Studi sulle donne e il controllo sociale, ed. by Tamar Pitch (Naples: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 1987), pp. 275-95.

Venturelli, Renato, ‘Intervista a Paola Tavella, coautrice di Il prigioniero



Cannon, JoAnn: "The Novel as Investigation: Leonardo Sciascia, Dacia Maraini, and Antonio Tabucchi" Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2006. 134 pp

Fried, Ilona: "Memoria storica e noir d'inchiesta nel Romanzo criminale di Giancarlo De Cataldo: Una narrativa di evasione" Narrativa, (26), 2004, 195-204. (2004)

Milanesi, Claudio: "Evoluzione e sovversione nei romanzi di Massimo Carlotto" Narrativa, (26), 2004, 225-34. (2004)



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