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From Neapolis to New Jersey: genealogy of a lyrical alchemist

By at December 11, 2013 | 10:51 am | 0 Comment

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by Massimiliano Canzanella There is a crystal clear connection between Bruce Springsteen’s Melancho-Rock and Neapolitan music, language and songs. Also, and maybe even more importantly, a semiotic bliss derived from a pyrotechnic New Jersey pathos imbued dexterity and the echo of the myth exuding romantic chants of the most glorious Campania Felix. Between the

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Finding the Beats in Naples: A Conversation With Bill Morgan

By at March 27, 2012 | 12:26 pm | 0 Comment

If I neglected to tell you that Naples Biblioteca Nazionale has an American section, I apologize. This is certainly something I should have mentioned before now. Run by Lucia Marinelli, it opened in 1963 with a collection supplied by United States Information Service (USIS) to "spread the knowledge of American culture in postwar Europe." Today the collection includes

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Treasures of Napoli – Virgil’s Tomb

By at January 17, 2012 | 1:37 pm | 7 Comments

Naples treasures are large and small. Tucked away and hidden in plain sight. Original masterpieces, facsimiles thereof, or in this case, it's not what it is, but what it was thought to be. The tomb of Publius Vergilius Maro (70 BC - 19 BC), known to most simply as Virgil. The 1st century BC Roman poet who left the world the Ecologues, the Georgics and the Aenid and

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The Language of the People

By at September 13, 2010 | 4:28 pm | 4 Comments

I read an essay many years ago entitled The Faintest Echo of our Language by Chang-rae Lee. In a moving narrative, Lee uses the death of his mother to reflect on the role language played in her life, in her cultural identity, and in her connections to the people around her. A South Korean immigrant living outside of New York City, Lee’s mother never learned English. As

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The Neapolitan Dialect

By at September 13, 2010 | 3:07 pm | 2 Comments

By Elisabetta De Rosa In Italy there are many dialects, but only Sardinian, Friulian, and Ladin are recognized by the Italian State as official minority languages. UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger however lists Neapolitan as one of 31 endangered languages in Italy which includes among others, Piedmontese, Lombard, Ligurian, Sicilian, Venetian, and

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Italian Language and Culture Courses in Naples

By at March 10, 2010 | 12:54 pm | 1 Comments

If you want to learn Italian, the best way is to immerse yourself in it. And there is perhaps no better place to do that than at the Centro Italiano language school nestled in the heart of Naples' historic district. Surrounded by centuries of history, art and culture, you will live, breath, and eat the Italian language. For over 25 years, Centro Italiano has been

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