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IT6: Reading List

Preparatory reading

In addition to familiarising yourself with the primary texts listed for each topic you are interested in, you should look at all or relevant parts of the following:

  • R. Gordon, Introduction to 20th-Century Italian Literature. A Difficult Modernity
  • P Brand and L. Pertile, eds, Cambridge History of Italian Literature
  • D. Forgacs and R. Lumley eds, Italian Cultural Studies
  • Oxford Illustrated History of Italy

 

Reading list

Topic 1: Rome in Italian Cinema

Films

  • R. Rossellini, Roma città aperta (1945)
  • V. De Sica, Ladri di biciclette (1948)
  • Steno, Un americano a Roma (1954)
  • F. Fellini, La dolce vita (1960), Fellini Roma (1972)
  • P. P. Pasolini, Accattone (1961), Mamma Roma (1962)
  • M. Antonioni, L'eclisse (1963)
  • N. Moretti, Caro diario (1993)
  • F. Ozpetek, Le fate ignoranti (2003) La finestra di fronte (2001)

Preparatory reading

In preparation you should look at relevant parts of some of the following introductory surveys of Italian cinema:

  • P. Adams Sitney, Vital Crises in Italian Cinema (1995)
  • P. Bondanella, Italian Cinema. From Neo-Realism to the Present (1983, updated 1990)
  • A. Dalle Vacche, The Body in the Mirror. Shapes of History in Italian Cinema (1992)
  • S. Gundle, 'Cinema, Politics and Society' in Z. Baranski and R. Lumley (eds.) Culture and Conflict in Postwar Italy (1990)
  • M. Liehm, Passion and Defiance (1984)
  • M. Marcus, Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism (1986)
  • M. Morandini, in G. Nowell Smith (ed) World Cinema (1996)
  • P. Sorlin, Italian National Cinema 1896-1996 (1996)
  • C. Wagstaff, 'Cinema' in D. Forgacs and R. Lumley (eds) Italian Cultural Studies (1996)

Topic 2: World War Two in Italian Literature

Primary Texts

  • Italo Calvino, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno (1947)
  • Edoardo De Filippo, Napoli milionariali (1945)
  • Primo Levi, Se Questo è un uomo (1947); La tregua (1963)
  • Curzio Malaparte, Kaputt (1945)
  • Elsa Morante, La Storia (1947)
  • Cesare Pavese, La casa in collina (1948)
  • Nuto Revelli, Il disperso di Marburg (1990)
  • Mario Rigoni Stern, Il sergente nella neve (1953)

Background reading - On World War Two and Italy

  • M. Clark, Modern Italy (London, 1984), pp. 285-316
  • Phil Cooke (ed), The Italian Resistance (Manchester, 1997)
  • C. Duggan, A Concise History of Italy (Cambridge, 1994), pp. 232-40; and Duggan, The Force of Destiny. A History of Italy Since 1796 (London, 2007)
  • Tony Judt, Postwar (New York, 2007)
  • A. Lyttelton (ed), Liberal and Fascist Italy (Oxford, 2002), pp. 128-38, 250-2
  • P. Morgan, The Fall of Mussolini: Italy, the Italians, and the Second World War (Oxford, 2007)

Background reading - On war literature

  • Alberto Casadei, La guerra (Bari, 1999)
  • Marina MacKay (ed), Literature of the Second World War (Cambridge, 2009)
  • Helmut Peitsch, Charles Burdett and Clare Gorrara (eds), European Memories of The Second World War (Oxford, 1999)

Topic 3: Postmodern Impegno

For an introduction to this course and full details of preparatory reading for this topic please click here.

Topic 4: Art and Industry in 20th century Italy

Primary texts

  • Fortunato Depero, Ricostruire e meccanizzare l’universo
  • Adriano Olivetti, Le fabbriche del bene
  • Ottiero Ottieri, Donnarumma all’assalto
  • Primo Levi, La chiave a stella
  • Elio Petri, dir., La classe operaia va in paradiso
  • Daniele Vicari, dir. Il mio paese

Secondary reading

  • Gabriella Belli, Beatrice Avanzi, Depero pubblicitario: dall'auto-réclame all’architettura pubblicitaria.
  • Caterina C. Fiorentino, Millesimo di millimetro. I segni del codice visivo Olivetti (1908-1978)
  • Paolo Bricco, Olivetti, prima e dopo Adriano. Industria, cultura, estetica
  • Cesare De Michelis, ‘I romanzi della fabbrica’, in G. Bárberi Squarotti, C. Ossola (eds). Letteratura e industria : atti del XV Congresso A.I.S.L.L.I., Torino, 15-19 maggio 1994, pp. 835-52.
  • Emanuele Licastro, Ottiero Ottieri, in Augustus Pallotta (ed.), Italian Novelists since World War II, 1945-1965. Detroit, MI: Thomson Gale, 1997, pp. 233-39.
  • Pierpaolo Antonello, ‘Primo Levi and “Man as Maker”’, in Robert S. C. Gordon, (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007, pp. 89-103.
  • Giuseppina Santagostino, ‘Tecnologia e rappresentazione in Primo Levi’, in Bárberi Squarotti, Ossola, pp. 1039-52.
  • Isolina Dovara, ‘Scienza, tecnica e industria nella vita e nell’opera di Primo Levi’, in Bárberi Squarotti, Ossola, pp. 1053-74.
  • Pierpaolo Antonello, Il menage a quattro, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2005.
  • Pierpaolo Antonello, Contro il materialismo, Torino, Aragno, 2012, chapters 5-7.
  • Pierpaolo Antonello, ‘Viaggio nell’Italia del dopo-dove: Daniele Vicari e le nuove povertà di un paese’, in Bel Paese? La rappresentazione del paesaggio nella letteratura e nel cinema dell'Italia contemporanea ed. by Luca Pocci and Paolo Chirumbolo (Lewiston, NY: Mellen Press, 2013), pp. 239-64.

Topic 5. Bruno Munari (cross-listed from It.9)

Primary texts:

  • Bruno Munari, Arte come mestiere
  • Bruno Munari, Artista e Designer
  • Bruno Munari, Da cosa nasce cosa

Secondary reading:

  • Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past, Miroslava Hajek and Luca Zaffarano eds. Milan: Silvana, 2012.
  • Berlanda & Cerritelli: Bruno Munari, Luigi Veronesi : tra fantasia e metodo, Milan: Mazzotta 2003.
  • Tinguely e Munari: opere in azione a cura di Bruno Corà.
  • Tanchis, Aldo. Bruno Munari. From Futurism to Post-industrial Design. London: Lund Humphries, 1986.
  • P. Antonello, 'Beyond Futurism: Bruno Munari's Useless Machines' in G. Berghaus (ed.), Futurism and Technological Imagination. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009: 313-34. Longer web version: http://www.munart.org/doc/bruno-munari-useless-machine-pp-antonello-rodopi-2009.pdf
  • Matteo Vercelloni, Breve storia del design italiano.
  • Renato De Fusco, Made in Italy. Storia del design italiano.

Topic 6. Pasolini Between Text, Image And Art (cross-listed from It.9)

Primary works by Pasolini:

  • La ricotta (1963)
  • Sopralluoghi in Palestina per Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964)
  • Il vangelo secondo Matteo (1964)
  • 'Israele', section of poetry collection Poesia in forma di rosa (1964)
  • **Teorema (1968) [film and book]
  • Empirismo eretico (1970)
  • San Paolo (1975), screenplays

[written texts and film screenplays are available in P.P. Pasolini, Opere (Milan: Mondadori, 1998-2003]

Secondary reading:

  • Z. Baranski, "The Texts of " Il Vangelo secondo Matteo," in Pasolini Old and New. Surveys and Studies, ed. Z.G. Baranski, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999, pp. 281-32
  • N. Greene, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cinema as Heresy, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.
  • R. Gordon, Pasolini. Forms of Subjectivity (OUP, 1996)
  • R. Gordon, audio commentary to DVD of Teorema / Theorem (BFI, 2008)
  • A. Maggi, The Resurrection of the Body. Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade (Chicago UP, 2009)
  • A. Marchesini, Citazioni pittoriche nel cinema di Pasolini (Nuova Italia, 1994)
  • M. Viano, A Certain Realism. Making Use of Pasolini's Film Theory and Practice, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.