Research in Italian Studies in Melbourne (RISM) is hosting a talk by Dr Mirna Cicioni, entitled ‘Dirty Secrets? Primo Levi and the Resistance‘, at the Italian Institute of Culture (233, Domain Rd, South Yarra) on 2 April at 6.30pm.
‘It is well known that Primo Levi was deported to Auschwitz as a Jew, but was arrested (on 9 December 1943) as a member of one of the first Resistance units in the Val d’Aosta. I look at some debates which took place in Italy in early 2013, after the publication of two books whose main focus is a ‘dirty secret’ of Levi’s partisan unit: the trial and execution of two young members. My discussion is mainly in the context of Levi’s work, but it also touches on other literary accounts of “partisan summary justice” and on what the British historian John Foot calls Italy’s “divided memory”, namely the tendency for conflicting narratives (personal, public, cultural) to emerge from crucial moments of Italian history.’
Mirna Cicioni has taught Italian at La Trobe and Monash universities. She has published widely on Primo Levi and other post-WWII Italian Jewish writers. She is currently working as a freelance community interpreter, but hasn’t stopped reading and writing.
The event is free. For catering purposes, please book via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on RISM and its lecture series contact Patrizia Sambuco (Monash).