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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Anatomy of Italian Culture

Academic Year 2020-21 - NOT RUNNING

Conceived of as a road map of Italian culture, this module addresses major historical, anthropological, and ideological forces that have shaped the culture of Italy during the course of its history. This module will offer the opportunity to explore various ways to approach Italian culture from different interdisciplinary perspectives. The ultimate goal is to provide a set of investigative tools that will enable you develop a dynamic understanding of what is commonly known as ‘italianness’ (italianità). Course material includes a combination of stories, anecdotes, customs, habits and a variety of documents of textual, visual, and performative nature. The topics covered here have been particularly selected to provide students with a toolkit to identify a pertinent topic for their year abroad and to start thinking about their potential area for the final dissertation. Please note that this course will run as a short-fat module during the Epiphany and Easter Terms.

Set Texts are likely to include:

All material is posted on duo.


Professor Stefano Cracolici (, Room A15, Elvet Riverside I

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment