Italy, World War II and the Novel | Newberry

Italy, World War II and the Novel

Led by Constance Markey. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesdays, September 19 - October 24

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210
Regular Price (after September 1): $231

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

This six week seminar explores the chaos of World War II Italy and the literary movement that sprang from it: Neorealism. The new novel dealt with the politics of the time and portrayed in intimate terms the grim reality of daily Italian life under fascist oppression. We will read and discuss four significant novels and their impact at home and abroad. Six sessions.

Constance Markey holds a PhD in Italian literature and has taught and published extensively. She is retired from DePaul University where she was Head of the Italian Section.

Materials List


  • Bassani, Giorgio. The Garden of the Finzi-Contini. Trans. William Weaver. New York: Harcourt Brace, Inc., 1977. ISBN-13: 978-0156345705
  • Levi, Carlo. Christ Stopped At Eboli. Trans. F. Frenaye. New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0374530099
  • Moravia, Alberto. The Conformist. Trans. Tami Calliope. So. Royalton, Vermont: Steerforth, Press, 1999. ISBN-13: 978-1883642655


  • Moravia, Alberto. Two Women. Trans. Angus Davidson. So. Royalton, Vermont: Steerforth Press, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-1586420208
    • Note: This title is out of print.

First Reading:

  • Please read Chapters 1-3 (or more) of Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.