Fall 2021 - ITAL 400 D100

Topics in Italian Literature: Contemporary Prose, Poetry and Theatre (4)

Contemporary Italian Prose, Poetry, Theatre

Class Number: 7515

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:


  • Prerequisites:

    ITAL 300 or permission from the instructor.



The complexity of modern Italy and its language are explored through the lens of contemporary literature.


This course will examine the complexity of modern Italy and its language through a variety of authors on the contemporary literature scene. The selection of short stories, poetries and plays written by major authors such as Ammaniti, Baricco, Maraini, Benni, Camilleri and Eco will provide the literary material for teh exploration of a rage of topics including youth, family, politics, women’s voices, norther and souther identity, integration. Writing and conversing in Italian will be enhanced by the in-dept study and analysis of the individual texts and related themes.

The entire course will be delivered in Italian.

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered via online asynchronous work and a weekly Zoom tutorial; there is no on campus instruction. Students must attend the weekly D101 tutorial that meets synchronously once a week remotely during the set scheduled class time.

STUDENT SUITABILITY FOR THIS COURSE: If you are unsure about your language level, please contact the course instructor: ecaselli@sfu.ca


Upon the successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Develop a broad vision and first hand knowledge of Italian contemporary literature and
  • Become familiar with the textual analysis and different types of narrative structures in the Italian language
  • Consolidate his/her communicative competence, enhance his/her reading and writing skills on topics related to the ones presented in the literary texts examined during the


  • Midterm exam 15%
  • Final exam 15%
  • In class participation, preparation, discussion 25%
  • Research paper (including discussion and presentation) 45%



Abbona-Sneider, Borra, Pausini “Trame: a contemporary Italian reader” Yale University Press

Additional material: selected handouts

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