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IT3038 Primo Levi

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

Primo Levi is probably the best-known and most-widely read Italian writer of the twentieth-century. Outside of Italy, Levi is seen as perhaps the major voice in Holocaust writing. He was the author of a rich body of work that was indelibly marked by his experience of Auschwitz, but also by his professional expertise as a scientist and by the secular Piedmontese Jewish tradition in which he grew up. This module will offer students an introduction to Levi's work focussing on his major thematic and ethical concerns and examining how he deals with them in different literary genres. The unit will look both at Levi's critical reception, but also at the response of one Italian film-maker to Levi's La tregua (1963) in which he recounts his journey back to Italy on his release from the concentration camp. The unit will give students a comprehensive introduction to the work of this major writer and the variety of genres in which he wrote. It will situate his work in the context of Holocaust memorial culture in Italy and elsewhere.

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: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof D Duncan
Module teaching staff:Prof D Duncan