This course aims at introducing the students to Italian literary texts. Through the reading and discussion of an Italian novel students will improve both their reading and speaking skills.
Minimal level required to participate: B2
The title chosen for the Spring 2023 Book Club is: Stabat Mater, by Tiziano Scarpa
In early eighteenth-century Venice an orphan girl discovers life and independence in the music of Vivaldi. The female musicians of the Instituto della Pieta play from a gallery in the church, their faces half hidden by metal grilles. They live segregated from the world. Cecilia, is a violinist who, during anguished, sleepless nights, writes letters to the mother she never knew, haunted by her and hating her by turns. She eats little and cannot sleep. But things begin to change when a new violin teacher arrives at the institute. The astonishing music of Vivaldi, the 'Red Priest', electrifies her and changes her attitude to life, compelling her to make a courageous choice.