What we're about
Welcome to the Italian Literature Reading Club!
This group is for those interested in reading out loud texts from Italian Literature, focusing on major classics.
It is open to minors and adults alike, provided they are advanced Italian speakers, or strongly motivated to learn about Italian Literature. Minors need to be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
We intend to meet weekly.
Every month we will also host one Multilingual meeting, i.e. a meeting dedicated to reading classic texts from a variety of different literatures, in their original languages, e.g. English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, etc.
Joining and attending are free and costless, gold coin donations are welcome to cover meetup account costs.
We might read excerpts from:
• Contrasto, di Cielo d'Alcamo (XIII secolo)
• La Divina Commedia, di Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
• Il Canzoniere, di Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374)
• Decamerone, di Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)
• Orlando Furioso, di Ludovico Ariosto (1474-1533)
• Poesie scelte, di Ugo Foscolo (1778-1827)
• Poesie scelte, di Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)
• I Promessi Sposi, di Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873)
• Pinocchio, di Carlo Collodi (1826-1890)
• Poesie scelte, di Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907)
• Cuore, di Edmondo de Amicis (1846-1908)
• Il fu Mattia Pascal, di Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)
• Il Barone Rampante, di Italo Calvino (1923-1985)
• Il Nome della Rosa, di Umberto Eco (1932-2016)
After choosing a text for a meeting, all participants will need to have that text at the meeting (as PDF file on a mobile phone or a tablet, printed on paper, or in a book). In most cases a PDF will be made available.
Thousands of texts are freely available at https://www.liberliber.it/ .
Participants can join in reading or just listen, as they prefer: no participant should be under pressure to read if not comfortable with it.
For some texts, participants might take turns; for others, participants might read simultaneously as a group.
All members are required to be active in the group. Members who do not attend events are likely to be removed from the group unless they contribute to fees for the current six-month period: this is to ensure that costs are met.