Jewish characters in 20th century Italian literature: Ginzburg, Bassani and Morante
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT148
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Jewish communities were generally well integrated within the Italian cultural and social fabric, up until the rise of Fascism. After WW2 some important writers included Jewish characters in their works which, despite having wholly Italian identities and customs, maintain also an element of otherness. In this short course we will look at the similarities and differences with other characters in Italian fiction.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will begin by looking at the history of this ancient community in Italy and then focus on 20th century events and culture. We will then become familiar with three authors - Natalia Ginzburg, Giorgio Bassani and Elsa Morante - and read some extracts together.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify elements that unify these characters as well as what setsthem apart
- comment on the way Ginzburg, Bassani and Morante present and describe their characters.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not require any knowledge of Italian or previous readings about the texts.
However, a good grasp of English is necessary to make the most of the session and to fully appreciate the themes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The session will be a mixture of tutor-led lecture combined with group discussion, readings and opportunities to ask questions. Some group or pair activities will be included. A further reading list will be provided at the end.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Extracts from the texts will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for Literary History courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/History, Culture and Writing/literature.
Francesco has taught Italian language classes and literature at City Lit since 2014. He also works as Head of the Classics Department. After graduating with honours in Modern Languages and Literatures (English, German and Serbo-Croat), he moved to London and started teaching Italian at various adult education colleges, which gave him the opportunity to share his interest in Italian language, culture and traditions to a diverse range of students. During this time, he also acquired experience in curriculum management. Francesco currently prepares students for Italian exams. His passion includes philology, Dante, early Italian literature and the history of Italy (primarily the Northeast, where he grew up and was educated).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.