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  • 12 Nov 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Virtual Meeting. Access link with registration confirmation email.


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Broaden your knowledge of Italy's life and culture, past and present, with Il Circolo Letterario. Open to everyone, this monthly online event gives you the opportunity to explore Italy through its many writers and books. Presentations will be in English with short readings in Italian. It is not required to read the books to attend. 

Join us for our second appointment on Thursday, November 12, 6:00-7:00 PM, curated and presented by Pieranna Garavaso, Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, that will focus on women's challenges in Italy during the 20th century through the writings of Natalia Ginzburg.

Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) was a Jewish woman writer whose personal life was deeply affected by World War II and the persecution of Jews in Italy.  Her writing style is significantly different from Aleramo’s in its terseness and concreteness.  She wrote novels, plays, and political and critical literary essays. Unlike Aleramo, Ginzburg’s approach is not explicitly feminist, but her attention to family life and relations provides insightful reflections on the conditions of women in Italy during the fascist era.  We will focus on her most famous novel Lessico Famigliare (Family Lexicon) and Le piccole virtù (The Small Virtues), a collection of nine short essays.

Online Events - Registration required
Free or with suggested donation to support our programming

All donating participants will enter a raffle to win a copy of
Natalia Ginzburg's masterpiece "Family Lexicon" (in English)! 

Next appointment:
Dacia Maraini // December 2, 2020 // 6:00-7:00 PM

Pieranna Garavaso is native Italian and came to the US to earn a PhD in Philosophy (at the U of Nebraska Lincoln). She taught Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Morris for 34 years. She was awarded the UMN Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award (2003), the Horace T. Morse Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Award (2004) and the UMN Morris Faculty Research Award (2017). Her areas of research include History of Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Feminist Philosophies.  She has published articles in Italian and English and authored, co-authored or edited several books; the last collection she has edited is the Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism (2018).  As Emerita/retired she plans to devote more time to reading and discussing Italian literature.


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