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IT3035 Italian Detective Fiction

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

Detective stories are enormously popular in Italy but the genre has generally been regarded as primarily Anglo-Saxon. The prominence of a number of Italian crime writers in the 1990's prompted talk of a giallo nazionale and a reconsideration of the history of the genre dating Italian crime fiction back to the nineteenth century. This module studies the history of the detective novel in Italy, considers critical approaches to the genre, and examines the treatment of common features and themes by writers such as Leonardo Sciascia, Giorgio Scerbanenco, Umberto Eco, Carlo Lucarelli, Loriano Macchiavelli, and Andrea Camilleri.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Italian

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the Italian Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 28
  • Guided independent study: 122

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr R Wilson
Module teaching staff:Dr R Wilson