90841 - Contemporary Italian Literature

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Fashion Cultures and Practices (cod. 9064)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of contemporary Italian literature from the origin of modernity up to the present, with particular reference to the themes of fashion, dress, body, beauty and lifestyles; knows significant texts for the interweaving of literature and fashion not only in the Italian scene, but also in Europe and America; is able to critically interpret the most representative works of contemporary imagery between literature and fashion also in an interdisciplinary perspective.

Course contents

"Interweaving of fashion and literature: dandy, femme fatale, metropolis and inorganic sex appeal". The course aims to analyze the interweaving of literature and fashion in the imagination of modernity through central themes such as city, body, clothes, beauty, seduction, artificial. Special attention will be given to the evolution of dandy and femme fatale, who become protagonists of Nineteenth and Twentieth century novels. These characters will be read as mirror of the radical changes of sensibility and perception of the world announced by Baudelaire and interpreted by Zola, Huysmans, D'Annunzio, Pirandello, Moravia, Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, but also female writers such as Gabrielle Colette, Annie Vivanti, Amalia Guglielminetti. Through an intersective and multidisciplinary method the course will analyze the main phenomena of the modernity, from aestheticism, futuristic avant-garde, the novel of the crisis, to the representation of fluid and virtual modernity.



- C. Baudelaire, Il pittore della vita moderna, chapter I, III, IV, IX, X, XI, XII

- G. d'Annunzio, Il piacere

A. Moravia, Gli indifferenti

- L. von Sacher-Masoch, Venere in pelliccia

- D. Baroncini, La moda nella letteratura contemporanea, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2010

- D. Baroncini, Moda, metropoli e modernità letteraria, in Moda, metropoli e modernità, a cura di D. Baroncini, Milano, Mimesis, 2018

Teaching methods

Frontal lectures.

Attendance is not mandatory, but strongly recommended to improve learning and the study method.


Office hours

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