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Undergraduate Course: Italo Calvino: Four Decades of Renewal (ordinary) (ELCI09005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will focus on Italo Calvino's intellectual contribution from 1946 to 1985, with special reference to some of the many literary avenues that he pursued. Our choice includes an early post-war (short) novel, one fantasy novel, one ?traditional? novella, a collection of short stories mixing literature and science, a collection of poemes en prose, a hypernovel and finally a collection of short stories centred on looking at and describing the world. Calvino?s exciting contribution is a useful stepping stone to other areas of knowledge, from Italian society to French or American contemporary literature. In a mixture of lectures and seminars, our approach to his work will focus mainly on textual analysis and his use of narrative techniques, but also on literary genres, literary movements and their historic context.
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 ELCI10006
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
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s).
  2. Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject and show an understanding of and apply competently relevant concepts and theories.
  3. Construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues studied.
  4. Demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations.
  5. Offer alternative perspectives and show an awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
Reading List
I. Calvino;
La formica argentina (1952), in Romanzi e Racconti, I, pp. 445-482.
Il cavaliere inesistente (1958), in Romanzi e Racconti, I, pp. 955-1064.
Le città invisibili (1972), in Romanzi e Racconti, II, pp. 357-498.
Palomar (1983), in Romanzi e Racconti, II, pp. 871-979, especially sections 1.1 (¿Palomar sulla spiaggia¿), 2.2 (¿Palomar fa la spesa¿), 2.3 (¿Palomar allo zoo¿), and 3.3 (¿Le meditazioni di Palomar¿).
Saggi (indicated in the programme), in Saggi, 2 voll., ed. by Mario Barenghi (Milano: Mondadori, 1995).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Giuseppe Episcopo
Tel: (0131 6)50 3645
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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