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Adano: Sicily, occupation literature and the American century

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  • UserProfessor Robert Gordon (MML & Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 08 May 2018, 17:45-19:15
  • HouseGatsby Room, Wolfson College.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Rachel E. Holmes.

The Allied occupation of Sicily of July 1943 was the first such occupation in wartime Europe and within a matter of months it had produced the first bestselling work of occupation literature, John Hersey’s A Bell for Adano (1944). This talks looks at the background to the occupation and Hersey’s book to ask questions about the nature of the occupation, its literature and American ideals for the future of Italy and European democracy.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Humanities Society talks series.

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