05 Apr Un Paese Di Carta Book Talk with Laura Benedetti (DC) on May 3
Laura Benedetti, a 2014 Wise Woman from the Greater Washington, DC Region, will make a presentation of her first novel, Un Paese Di Carta, which tells the story of three generations of women between Italy and the United States. It tackles issues of cultural identity, family ties, displacement and loss as it follows a young American woman in her journey to Italy to fulfill her grandmother’s last wish.
The title of the novel literally translates as a “Country of Paper” and refers to one of the character’s image of Italy, a country she has left a half century earlier, but is still very much present in her earth and mind through its language and literature.
Laura Benedetti is the Laura and Gaetano Professor of Contemporary Italian Culture at Georgetown University. She is the author of over sixty articles, encyclopedia entries and reviews that span seven hundred years, from Boccaccio to Elena Ferrante. She has also published the edition of Giovambattista Giraldi Cinzio’s 1554 Discorso dei romanzi (with Enrico Musacchio and Giuseppe Monorchio), a monograph on Torquato Tasso (La sconfitta di Diana. Un percorso per la Gerusalemme liberata), the proceedings of two conferences (Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies, with Julia Hairston and Silvia Ross), The Tigress in the Snow: Motherhood and Literature in 20th-Century Italy, the edition and English translation of Lucrezia Marinella’s Exhortations to Women and to Others If They Please, and the novel Un paese di carta. She was Guest of Honor at the annual meeting of the American Association of Italian Studies (2016), as well as the recipient of the Flaiano International Prize for Italian Studies (2008), and the Gold Medal from the Federazione Associazioni Abruzzesi/U.S.A. (2015).
Light refreshments will be served.
Gentlemen always welcome.