The focus of this course is on the 19th and 20th century. Its goal is to read some of Modern Italy's most representative works, to understand them in their diverse historical contexts, and to develop a critical approach to literary texts. Special attention will be paid to such topics as Romanticism, Verism, the symbolist movement and its legacy, the avant-guards, war and literature, Fascism and literature, and contemporary literature. Students will write short essays during the term, participate in an oral presentation, and write a final exam. The class will be conducted in Italian.