From the Convent to the Brothel: Female Disobedience and Counter-Discourse

Internationally recognized author Dacia Maraini presents a lecture on about medieval and early modern women’s history. Maraini is of the foremost writers in Italy today. Her prolific body of work spans more than 50 years and includes historical fiction, crime fiction, travel literature, autobiography, theater, children’s literature, journalism, and poetry, as well as film and photography. From the author’s childhood experience of internment in a Japanese camp during WWII, to her central role in founding theaters in Italy, to a lifelong body of work that engages with women’s history, social history, and the lives of children, Maraini continues to command the attention that has earned her prestigious literary prizes in Italy and abroad as well as a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Co-sponsored by the departments of Italian/Romance Language and Literatures, Religion, Comparative Literature, Italian Studies, History, and the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Lecture organizer:  Lori Ultsch, Associate Professor of Italian, Hofstra University


Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 4:30-6 p.m.

Location: 103 Breslin Hall

Admission: Free

This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link.

For more information, please email Professor Lori Ultisch at


Monday, February 25, 2019



Breslin Hall
Breslin Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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