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The Italian Short Story through the Centuries

The Met(A)morphoses of the Novella

Editor(s): Roberto Nicosia
Contributors: Alberto Godioli, Silvia Stoyanova, Daria Perocco, Linda Carroll, Morena Corradi, Crystal Hall, Carlo Vecce,

Book Description

This collection of thirteen essays brings together Italian and American scholars to present a cooperative analysis of the Italian short story, beginning in the fourteenth century with Giovanni Boccaccio and arriving at the twentieth century with Alberto Moravia and Anna Maria Ortese. Throughout the book, the contributors carefully and intentionally unpack and explain the development of the short story genre and demonstrate the breadth of themes – cultural, historical and linguistic – detailed in these narratives.

Dedicated to a genre “devoted to lightness and flexibility, as well as quickness, exactitude, visibility and multiplicity,” this collection paints a careful and exacting picture of an important part of both Italian and literary history.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-0332-8
ISBN-10: 1-5275-0332-1
Date of Publication: 01/04/2018
Pages / Size: 225 / A5
Price: £61.99


Roberto Nicosia is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University, USA. His interests range from 6th century Byzantium to the Italian Renaissance, particularly the reception of classical authors in early modern cultures and the relations between Greek émigrés and Italian scholars in Renaissance Italy, specifically from the 14th to 16th centuries. He has published on Matteo Maria Bandello and Pietro Bembo, and is currently working on a book on Bembo’s early literary production.