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IT4014 Female Literary Representations in the Italian Renaissance

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The module will explore the problematic relationship of women and culture in the early modern period by focussing on changes in the representation of the female in Italian literature in the course of the sixteenth century. Renaissance notions of the female self will be examined from differing perspectives, from the idealised forms of Petrachism to the disenchanted reality of the courtesans. Key themes, such as the reinterpretation of mythological figures and the self-representation of female writers will be considered, as well as the work of writers such as Stampa, Fonte and Tullia d'Aragona.

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: 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 C Rossignoli
Module teaching staff:Dr C Rossignoli