Faculty of Arts
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Organisational Unit||Italian Studies|
|Monash Passport category||International Short Field Experience (Explore Program)|
|Offered||Prato Term 1 2014 (Day)|
|Coordinator(s)||Dr Patrizia Sambuco|
This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see the Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
The Italian city, a microcosm of Italian society, reveals the rich layers of Italian culture and history. This unit explores Italian cityscapes through their monuments and art works and their representation in literature and film. It offers a journey through the social spaces of the modern city to the virtual zones of the postmodern city. By visiting the city through literature and film students will be exposed to a diversity of texts, written and visual, that grapple with the complexity of urban spaces and with challenges posed to Italian cities by increased migration. In addition to considering textual representations of urban spaces, a particular focus of the unit will be the urban biography of Prato, from the Middle Ages to the present day. This will include examining how Prato's remarkable economic history has contributed to its distinctive civic identity, and how the culture of the city is reflected in contemporary writings.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:
Written assignment: 50%
Project presentation: 25%
Class test: 25%
The unit will be taught in intensive mode at Prato, Italy.
Two gateway units in Italian studies or equivalent knowledge of the language