Three Literary Classics

By culture with a capital C I am referring to the literature of a society (Caon, 2020). There are three literary classics that I would like to share.



Di Adrian Michael - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2178724


Cuore by Edmondo di Amicis (high-beginner/low-intermediate level)

This is a very warm book that is widely read in Italy. It is warm since it presents the father giving his son life lessons. The lessons are quite wholesome like patriotism, loyalty, goodness. However, this book was also used to promote fascism. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_(novel)

There is a television series adaptation of the book. I found it focused too much on the couple and the teacher rather than the lessons that the father hoped to transmit to his son.

In general, reading this traditional text is refreshing since it offers themes that are not common in 2020. The book is available on www.liberliber.it





Di Francesco Gonin (1808-1889) - cover of pocket book edition, Pubblico dominio, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3446580


I Promessi Sposi di Manzoni (Italian high school students literacy level)

This novel by Manzoni is compulsory reading for Italian high school students. I did not like the novel that much. Perhaps I read it at the wrong time in my life. I recall reading it during a brutal wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the novel, there is the great plague of 1630. I felt as if life and art were imitating each other too much. The book is available on www.liberliber.it


Abbazia di San Gallo, la cui biblioteca ispirò Eco di Hansueli Krapf - Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7032596


Il nome della rosa di Umberto Eco (Italian high school students in their last three years https://it.pearson.com/aree-disciplinari/italiano/libri-in-classe/umberto-eco-e-il-nome-della-rosa.html)

By culture with a capital C, I am referring to the literature of a society (Caon, 2020). There are three literary classics that I would like to share. are pulled into the book, it is good to have blocks of time to read it. This book is available through ,Amazon Italy.


Caon, F., 2020. Educazione interculturale in classe. Milano - Torino: Pearson Italia, p.17.

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There is a distinction to be made for this section called Culture. Culture with a small c refers to the daily life of a group of people (Caon, 2020). Whereas, for culture with a capital C, we refer