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IT3039 Emigrant Nation

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

The module looks at how the phenomenon of Italian mass emigration has been represented in Italian culture since 1960. Through the study of texts such as Melania Mazzucco's Vita, Carmine Abate's Il muro dei muri, and Laura Pariani's Quando dio ballava il tango, the module looks at how Italian identity is affected by cultural mobility across continents. The texts deal with emigration to a range of different locations - USA, Germany, Argentina, Australia - but the emphasis of the module is on how these texts construct Italy from a distance. The module looks at questions of home and belonging, cultural hybridity, emigrant language, and the various historical forces which prompted Italians to migrate.

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 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