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IT4024 Authority and Subversion in Renaissance Italy

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

This module studies literary experimentation in the Italian Renaissance and the more general rethinking of literature and poetry integral to this period. This is done through the study of burlesque, satirical and popular writing as well as more accepted forms of literature, by both mainstream and marginalized authors, such as Aretino, Basile, Berni, Cellini Folengo, Gelli, Michelangelo. Sudents will thus acquire a comprehensive understanding of the variety of Renaissance literary production, of the modernity and multiplicity of its forms, and of its subversive potential.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Italian

UG Pre-requisite(s):IT2001 and a pass at 11 or better in IT2002

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