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Italian 21st Century Poetry in Forty poems

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Contemporary Italian poetry offers an extraordinary range of styles, voices, approaches, ways of looking at the world and ways of representing it.

This course explores the multiplicity of these voices with a selection of the most representative poets from different backgrounds.

We will read, comment and contextualise the poems looking at topics such as society, identity, sex, politics, migration and race in Italy. We will also reflect on how to approach literary translation through hands on practice.

By giving you the space both to read and translate, the module aims to improve your translating skills, build confidence, and help you understand the main challenges of poetry translation.

The poets we will be looking at are:

  • Antonella Anedda
  • Franco Buffoni
  • Dome Bulfaro
  • Maria Grazia Calandrone
  • Chandra Livia Candiani
  • Milo De Angelis
  • Matteo Fantuzzi
  • Fabio Franzin
  • Marco Giovenale
  • Mariangela Gualtieri
  • Andrea Inglese
  • Rosaria Lo Russo
  • Valerio Magrelli
  • Guido Mazzoni
  • Umberto Piersanti
  • Laura Pugno
  • Shirin Ramzanali Fazel
  • Ida Travi
  • Luigi Trucillo
  • Patrizia Valduga
  • Giovanna Cristina Vivinetto
  • Lello Voce

Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Students should have some knowledge of Italian.

Coursework and assessment

Coursework portfolio and class participation. 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

Luca Paci, ( editor), Tempo: Excursions in 21st Century Italian Poetry, Parthian, 2022.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


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.