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Italian Studies (MRes)

Course Description

The MA (Res) Italian Studies is intended as a preparation for research in Italian, and offers great flexibility of choice. Erasmus-funded periods abroad can be arranged (conditions apply).

The MRes Modern Languages is mainly intended as a preparation for research. It offers great flexibility of choice and a series of pathways of study and specialisation in the following research fields: French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Film Studies, and Comparative Literature.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/italian-studies-pg/mres-modern-languages.aspx

Modules include:

• Dante
• Women in the Renaissance: choices and strategies
• Renaissance theatre and poetry
• Modernising Italian culture: the avant-garde in the early twentieth century
• Social transformation and political immobility: Italy 1945–2000s
• Italian cinema: authorship, interpretation and textual analysis (I and II)
• The voice and the self in modern Italian poetry
• Non-realist forms of fiction in Italian literary culture
• Nineteenth and twentieth century historical fictions in Italian
• History and cultures of Fascism
• Twentieth century intellectual history: Fields, agents and cultural institutions
• Italian neo-realism
• Representations of blackness
• History of the Italian language
• Italian dialectology

- Comparative Literature Pathway
Students may take a topic from two different language-specific pathways provided that they have the necessary language proficiency in the select target languages.

Erasmus-funded periods abroad can also be arranged (conditions apply) as part of the course.

Modules include:
• Introduction to research skills and methodology
• Placement option
• Dissertation

What career can you have?

Those who take the MRes in Modern Languages will receive an excellent preparation in research in the relevant modern languages field. You will be ready to undertake research at doctoral level. You will also have excellent skills that will allow you to pursue career pathways in teaching, translation, advertising, publishing, and media industries.


Modern Languages at the University of Reading equips you with research and subject-specific knowledge and skills in all the taught language areas.

Our research is characterised by a multidisciplinary approach to the study of history, culture and language and the University staff are internationally renowned for their research.

The postgraduate community is an integral part of the life of the Department and we support research and teaching activities that enhance postgraduate employability and access into academia.

Visit the Italian Studies (MRes) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Usually a good 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field. This should be combined with a good understanding of the target language.

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