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Among the many contributions Italy has made to world literature is fiction. Over the centuries, Italy has produced vivid narratives in the form of folk tales, short stories, novellas, and novels. An extremely influential writer of the early years is Giovanni Boccaccio, who wrote a collection of 100 stories in The Decameron,penned in the 14th century. The stories cover a wide range of topics and incidents, told by a group of people who have fled the city of Florence to avoid the plague. Other fiction writers flourished over many generations, reflecting an impressive array of subjects and styles. This session will be devoted to readings presented by English professors from selections by Boccaccio along with recent writers, such as Calvino, whose stories have entertained and informed readers in Italy and around the world.