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"Wallis Wilde-Menozzi on "The Other Side of the Tiber" with Rebecca West"



in conversation with biographer Megan Marshall (Margaret Fuller, a New American Life, Pulitzer Prize 2014)

A fresh, nuanced perspective on a profoundly perplexing country: this is what Wallis Wilde-Menozzi's unique, captivating narrative promises-and delivers. The Other Side of the Tiber brings Italy to life in an entirely new way, treating the peninsula as a series of distinct places, subjects, histories, and geographies bound together by a shared sense of life. A multifaceted image of Italy emerges-in beautiful black-and-white photographs, many taken by Wilde-Menozzi herself-as does a portrait of the author. Wilde-Menozzi, offers unexpected conclusions about one of the most complex and best-loved countries in the world.  Part memoir, part art history, part philosophy, the author creates a mosaic that suggests why Italy is loved. Following Wilde-Menozzi's reading from Tiber, they will discuss what "foreignness" in Italy offers a writer and what some American women writers have found there.

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi, an American-born writer has spent the last 40 years of her life in Parma, not as a foreign observer but inside an Italian family (her own) and deeply connected with the social and cultural fabric of the city in which she lives. She grew up in Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Michigan, before moving to Italy, where she has lived and written about the country and its people for the last 40 years.  She teaches in Europe and the US, lectures widely, and is a founding member of the Ledig-Rowohlt International Writers Residence in Lavigny, Switzerland. "Rebecca West is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Italian Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the University of Chicago.Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Click here to RSVP.


Date: Friday, April 10, 2015

Entrance : Free