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Undergraduate Course: Cleaning Up the 'Mess': Gadda' as test (hard test) for theory (any theory) (Ordinary) (ELCI09006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn his bestselling Roman thriller, true to his title Gadda constructs his ideal reader as one fully committed to observing the messy process that goes on in the mind as we map the world.

While focusing on one of the classics of European Modernism, the course systematically opens it up for investigation through a variety of methodological approaches.

A wider than usual range of learning tools (maps, diagrams, special editions and a wealth of Edinburgh-based online resources) supplements the course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to Ordinary (BA) Students AND Visiting Students. Students will attend classes alongside ELCI10012.
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  5
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree examination (60% of total assessment).
One essay (2,500 words) (30% of total assessment).
One seminar presentation and Research seminar participation (10% total assessment).
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the subject;
  2. Construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the primary text;
  3. Apply competently relevant concepts from literary theory.
Reading List
There are many Italian editions of Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (1957) but if you can get the following (now out of print), secondhand or otherwise, you would have, in one set, a learning tool and the primary text a scanned version of vol. 2 will be available via Learn:
C.E. Gadda, Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (1957). Strumenti per la lettura, ed. by M. Marchetti (Milan: Garzanti Scuola, 1997), 2 vols; ISBN 8811045010.
For obvious reasons, it is good to have the English edition handy here are the details: C.E. Gadda, That Awful Mess on Via Merulana (1985), Quartet Books (also available in EUL in multiple copies).
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 hour(s) per week for 1 week(s). 1 additional class (film screening), 2 hours, at time to be arranged.
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Course organiserProf Federica Pedriali
Tel: (0131 6)50 3642
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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