This is a course for students who are interested in contemporary Italian literature, culture and language. The program will cover Italy’s most important authors from the Unification of the country to the present day. Particular attention will be given to a selection of poets and writers who were born or who lived in Florence, so that students can have a deeper experience and understanding of those authors and their work. Through many different readings students will have the chance to analyze the language, politics, ideology, art and life of this historical period. Students will read literary texts, poetry and prose, presented in English translation, but constantly compared and contrasted with the original Italian version.