LdM’s literature courses are designed to give students the opportunity to study Italy’s vast literary tradition and compare it to European literature from the past and present eras. Most of the courses focus on major literary works from Italy, with special emphasis on those written in or about Tuscany and Florence. From Italy’s female heroines, Shakespeare’s portrayal of Italy and English writers’ representation of Florence in literature to contemporary European works, students are sure to deepen their literary interests.

Texts in Italian will be studied alongside their translation in English, and students will develop advanced critical and analytical skills through special projects and narrative and temporal analyses. A core element of the course offerings is designed to acquaint students with key texts and developments across several major European literatures, especially Italian, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Students learn Italy’s main literary trends from the past and present, including epic poetry, the ‘Italian play’ and travel writing logs, to the more modern crime fiction genre of the 20th century.

A selection of literature courses are offered in partnership with Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli. For more information, please click here


Survey of Western Literature
Food and Literature
Italian Crime Fiction
Italian Literature and Society: 1945 to the Present
Literature and Journalism
Romeo and Juliet – A Love Story across the Arts
Florence in the Literary Imagination
Many Italies, Other Italies: Modern Literary Representations
Contemporary European Literature
Shakespeare’s Italy
Female Characters in 20th Century Fiction
The Age of Heroes: The Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Origins of Western Literature
Masterpieces of Italian Literature
Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio: Italian Literature of the 14th Century
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers