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Introduction to Italian Culture (Level 4)

On our Introduction to Italian Culture (Level 4), we will explore a wide range of Italian writers and film-makers. We will journey through Dante’s 'Inferno' and meet the most seductive sinners from medieval Italy and mythology. We will then study Petrarca, whose love poetry shaped the poetry of the Renaissance. In Term 2 we will examine the modern period in Italian culture. First, we will explore the theatre of the absurd, Pirandello, followed by three pivotal Italian novels, Moravia’s Gli Indifferenti, Di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo and Bassani’s Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini, each of which relates to, and emerges out of, a specific historical context.

We will then examine three famous Italian films by innovative Italian film-makers: De Sica’s Ladri di Biciclette, Fellini’s La Strada and Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso. Each of these films represents an important strand in Italian film-making and will be studied in relation to its cultural and political context. Our aim will be to engage with and enjoy the rich variety of Italian literary texts and films and to understand how they have shaped Italian culture.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Oct-20 6pm-7.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code ARCL044S4AAA

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