Languages, comparative literatures and intercultural translation
Study-unit Code
Lingue e studi sulla traduzione
Luca La Rovere
  • Luca La Rovere
  • 36 ore - Luca La Rovere
Course Regulation
Coorte 2022
Learning activities
Discipline linguistico-letterarie, artistiche, storiche, demoetnoantropologiche e filosofiche
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Fascism/fascisms. A comparative and transnational perspective
Reference texts
Attending students:
E. Gentile, Il fascismo. Storia e interpretazione, Laterza, 2003.
Non-attending students:
E. Gentile, Il fascismo. Storia e interpretazione, Laterza, 2003.
Educational objectives
Students are expected to reach a deep knowledge of the course’s main
topics. They will be able to deal with the bibliography on the course’s
topic, confront and discuss the main historiographical thesis and
interpretations, identify and assess with a critical attitude sources,
documents, and testimony. Moreover, they will be able to illustrate and
discuss before an audience a short presentation.
Students should have a good knowledge of general history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular reference to the history of the fascist movements and regimes established between the two world wars and, possibly, having taken the examof Contemporary history during the three-year degree.
Teaching methods
First part (18 hours): face-to-face lessons on the general aspects of the
course’s topics; presentation of sources and documents; audiovisual and
multimedia projection. Second part (18 hours): students’ oral
presentations and discussion of the arguments assigned by the teacher.
Other information
Students are warmly invited to register to the course’s page on Unstudium (https://www.unistudium.unipg.it/unistudium/) in order to receive every information about the course and keep in conctact with the teacher. They will also find on the same digital platform the materials and sources
presented by the teacher during the lectures.
Learning verification modality
Evaluation of the knowledge achieved by the student is carried out
during the whole course. It takes into account his/her regular attendance
at the lectures (at least 75% of the total duration of the course), his/her
participation at the debate, his/her oral presentation of an argument
previously agreed together with the teacher, his/her final oral exam.
Extended program
The question of fascism has been much debated and controversial since its inception and up to the present day. Does the threat of fascism still exist today? What are the links between fascism, ultranationalism, sovereignty movements and populism that in recent years have they returned to represent one of the most dangerous challenges for democracy? To answer these questions and to clear the field of the many misunderstandings generated by a polemical use of the term, the course aims to focus on the notion of fascism with the tools of historiographic analysis.
Fascism represented a new form of political movement and regime, based on militarization of politics, an anti-ideologic ideology, the cult of the leader, the exaltation of violence as a tool for destroying the old liberal-bourgeois order, the permanent mobilization of the masses. Even if not all the would be fascist movements went to power, in the interwar period various forms of fascism rooted in Europe.
The course aims to give an account of the history of fascisms, reconsider the interpretations of fascist phenomenon (both coeval and subsequent),
identify, in the light of the most recent theories, a general definition of fascism. Moving from the Italian experience, the field of observation will
be enlarged to include the varieties of European fascism (Nazism, Spanish Falange, Austrian Heimwehr, Romanian Iron guard, ecc.)
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