Storytelling at Play: Pirandello's Stories for a Year (Seminar)

Italian / Comparative Literature

Lisa Sarti (Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY)

In 1922, Pirandello embarked on his project of gathering 365 stories, one for each day of the year, to be collected into a single volume. When he died in 1936, however, he had only composed 244 stories, which now constitute his seminal collection of Novelle per un anno (Stories for a Year). This work plays a key role in Pirandello’s literary production and attests to his long-lasting commitment with the short story as a genre. Besides providing source material that Pirandello adapted across media, spanning from novels and plays to films and librettos, these stories exemplify the foundations of his poetic. This panel will investigate Pirandello’s short stories and his original storytelling from a broad critical perspective. Topics may include issues of language, culture, and translation, as well as modes of writing influenced by different literary movements (from Verismo, to Surrealism and Modernism) and socio-cultural contexts. Comparative readings related to questions of gender, form, humorous and aesthetic theory, translation, adaptation and reception are warmly encouraged.

This panel investigates Pirandello's short stories as literary texts, intertexts, or source materials for adaptations through different media, historical contexts, and comparative studies.