Italian society, culture and literature II

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: P

Main Instructor

dr. Tamara Mikolič Južnič, Assistant Professor

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  • awareness of the historically based complexity of the term "Italian culture";
  • awareness of the geographically and historically based difference between the inhabitants of different Italian regions by learning the history of the Italian peninsula;
  • awareness of the differences and similarities between the Italian and Slovene social systems;
  • awareness of the importance of the literary language for Italian cultural and political identity;
  • ability to recognise important works from the periods of Italian literature in the 17th – 19th century;
  • awareness of the function of literary texts in Italian society.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course is divided into two units:

a) Italian society and culture 2

b) Italian literature 2

Italian society and culture 2:

Italy at the beginning of the third millennium: economical and geograpnical aspects and their influence on the society; multiethnic culture, anthropologic aspects, social aspects, immigration issues; opening of commercial borders, the European Union, etc; social differences between northern, central, and southern Italy.

Italian literature 2:

Further discussions on the choices of the Italian literary language; Seicento: Baroque, melodrama; the birth of learned prose and Galileo; Settecento: Arcadia, commedia dell'arte and Goldoni's reform; Enlightenment; Neoclassicism, Romanticism: Vico, Foscolo, Leopardi, Manzoni; Verism: Verga, Carducci.


  • “L’Italia in cifre 2010”. Dati Istat 2011.
  • Paci G. 2010. Geografia per immagini. L’Italia. Bologna: Zanichelli.
  • Romano, R. (1994). Paese Italia. Venti secoli di identità. Roma: Donzelli.
  • Petronio, G. 2000. La nuova attività letteraria in Italia. Palermo: Palumbo.

For their home reading students have to select at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer.


Enrollment in the second year of Interlingual Communication.


The final passing grade is the average of passing grades from both cycles.

The grades from individual cycles are:

  • Italian society and culture 2: exam (50 % of the final grade)
  • Italian literature 2: exam and home reading, i.e. at least 7 texts from the reading list provided by the lecturer (together 50 % of the final grade).

 Forms of marking: 6-10 or A-E (positive grade), 1-5 or F (negative grade). The assessment is in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the examination regulations of the Faculty of Arts.


Tamara Mikolič Južnič