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The Italians in Wales: from History to Cultural Memory

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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This course looks at the economic and social motives of Italian immigration to south Wales, and the resulting interaction between Welsh and Italians. It studies how Italians are represented in Anglo-Welsh literature, and at the significance of recent events and commemorations, as well as recent Welsh-Italian narratives to illustrate how Italian migration emerges from the realm of communicative memory into the realm of cultural memory.

Topics covered:

  1. ‘Piccolo, ciao ciao, buongiorno’:  the departure
  2. The arrival and settlement
  3. The ‘hockey pockey’ man and the Bracchi’s shops
  4. Family and religion: similarities and contrasts between the Italians and the Welsh
  5. Welsh Italians during WW2
  6. Welsh Italians after WW2
  7. From Oblivion to Memory: the Arandora Star legacy
  8. Welsh Italians in Anglo-Welsh literature
  9. The emergence of Welsh-Italian narratives
  10. Welsh Italians today

Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in the subject. No previous knowledge is assumed.

Learning and Teaching

Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on video and/or DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.

Coursework and Assessment

Essays or other equivalent written assignments to a total of 1500 words demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Colpi T., The Italian factor. The Italian Community in Great Britain, Edinburgh and London: Mainstream, 1991.

Sponza L., Divided Loyalties: Italians in Britain during the Second World War, Bern: Peter Lang, 2000.

Sponza L., Italian Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Realities and Images, Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1988.

Hughes C., Lime Lemon & Sarsaparilla. The Italian community in South Wales, 1881-1945, Bridgend: Seren Books, 1991.

Balestracci, M. S., Arandora Star: Dall’Oblio alla Memoria. From Oblivion to Memory, Parma: Mup Publishers, 2008.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.