Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Center for Jewish History, NYC, Forchheimer Auditorium
Italy is home to the oldest Jewish community in the Diaspora, and the authors of many important works of Italian literature are Jewish. Yet, with the exception of Primo Levi, few of these writers are known to readers in the English-speaking world. This talk by K.E. von Wittelsbach (Cornell University) will explore the work of Italian-Jewish writers and how it relates to modern Italian and world literature. What are some of the key themes of their work? How have these writers articulated the self against the background of the historical events that have shaped the past 120 years in the traditional centers of Jewish life in Italy—Rome, Turin and Trieste?