Short Stories International: An Italian Perspective, Part 1

GENINT 731.412

Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Italian short stories.


About this course:

This course is an exploration into the short-story genre of a single language tradition; in this instance, Italian. The suggested book, The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories, is the much-anticipated, newly published collection edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story writer and novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, who for the past several years has ceased writing in English and has switched to her much-loved Italian. This anthology brings together writers who reflect over a century of Italy's vibrant, diverse short-story tradition and represents a dynamic cross section of Italian society; their voices resonating through regional landscapes, private passions, and dramatic political events. Well-known authors are represented—Alberto Moravia, Elsa Morante, Luigi Pirandello--alongside 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.

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