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webinar > Beloved Writing: a Conversation with Dacia Maraini



webinar > Beloved Writing: a Conversation with Dacia Maraini

Novelist, poet, dramatist, journalist and, above all, a woman who penned some of the most important pages of Italian literature and contemporary fiction, Dacia Maraini wrote more than seventy books, which have been translated in more than thirty languages. Today she is still a prolific writer, capable of relating to her audience as if she just started her career.

During this intimate conversation with Michelangelo La Luna, Professor of Italian at the University of Rhode Island, Maraini will explore the themes and the main topics of her research and literary production, from women rights to love, freedom and solidarity  at a time that calls for reflection on ourselves and our roles.

This webinar also marks the release in Italy of Maraini’s new novel “Trio”, a story of friendship between two women set in Messina, Italy, during the plague of 1743. 


LOCATION: Zoom Webinar ( Registration Required )

WHEN: July 9th, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET



Webinar -  Registration Required




dacia maraini

One of the most prominent figures of Italian culture, Dacia Maraini is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, poet, journalist, translator, and essayist. She’s won, among others, the most prestigious literature awards in Italy: Campiello, Strega, Alabarda d’oro, Cimitile, Pinuccio Tatarella, and Fregene.

In addition to these achievements, throughout her life, Dacia Maraini has fought for women’s and children’s rights, which are the main topics of both her research and her literary production.

Maraini’s books are translated into more than thirty languages and some of her bestsellers—such as Storia di Piera (Piera’s Story), L’età del malessere (The Age of Malaise), La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (The Silent Duchess), Voci (Voices), and Memorie di una ladra (Memoirs of a Female Thief)—were turned into successful movies.

In her autobiographies Bagheria (Bagheria), and La nave per Kobe (The Ship to Kobe), the author speaks about the period spent with her family in Japan from 1938 to 1945, her reclusion in the Japanese concentration camps (1943- 1945), and her life in Sicily (1947-on). Among Maraini’s works we should also mention the following: Donna in guerra (Woman at War), 1975; Il treno per Helsinki (The Train), 1984; Buio (Darkness), 1999; Maria Stuarda e altre commedie (Mary Stuart and Other Comedies), 2001; La ragazza di via Maqueda (Via Maque- da’s Girl), 2009; La grande festa (The Great Celebration), 2011; L’amore rubato (Stolen Love), 2012; Chiara d’Assisi. Elogio della disobbedienza (Clare of Assisi: In Praise of Disobedience), 2013; La bambina e il sognatore (The Little Girl and the Dreamer), 2015; Taccuino americano (1964-2016) (American Notebook [1964- 2016]), 2016; Tre donne. Una storia d’amore e disamore (Three Women. A Story of Love and Disaffection), 2017; Corpo felice. Storia di donne, rivoluzioni e un figlio che se ne va (Happy Body. History of Women, Revolutions and a Son Who Leaves), 2018; Trio (2020).



lalunaMichelangelo La Luna is Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at University of Rhode Island since 2003. He is also the Director of the URI Italian International Engineering, Business and Pharmaceutical Science Programs.

Originally from Calabria, Italy, he earned his Bachelor Degree in Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Calabria in 1991. He has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University (2001) and a Ph.D. in Albanian Language and Literature from University of Calabria (1997). Prof. La Luna has many years of experience in study abroad programs. Before directing the URI Summer Program in Italy (2005), Prof. La Luna organized the first study abroad Italy programs for the DeRada Italian Institute (2001-2004) and Harvad University (2002-2004).

As the Director of the book series SOPHIA, Professor La Luna edited several volumes (both in Italian and in English) in honor of the most famous contemporary Italian writer, Dacia Maraini (1936-). His research activity also focuses on Girolamo De Rada (1814-1903), the major Italian-Albanian poet of the Romantic period. He is also a passionate researcher of Dante's Divine Comedy, and of Luigi Capuana's (1839-1915) fairy tales.



Data: Gio 9 Lug 2020

Orario: Dalle 16:00 alle 17:00

Organizzato da : IIC Washington

Ingresso : Libero