Short Story International: An Italian Perspective, Part 2
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Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Italian short stories.
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This course is a continuing exploration into the short-story genre in Italian literature. We begin with readings from the much-anticipated, newly published collection, The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories; edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner short-story writer, novelist, and translator Jhumpa Lahiri; who, for the past several years, has ceased writing in English and has switched to her much-loved Italian. This volume brings together writers who reflect over a century of Italy’s vibrant, diverse, short-story tradition. They constitute a dynamic cross section of Italian society, their voices resonating through regional landscapes, private passions, and dramatic political events. Well-known authors are represented—Italo Calvino, Alberto Moravia—together with what will be for many readers captivating, new discoveries. More than a third of these stories are translated into English for the first time, several by Lahiri herself.