Faculty Author Series: Alan Perry
The Don Camillo Stories of Giovannino Guareschi by Alan R. Perry
Giovannino Guareschi (1908-1968) was an Italian journalist, humorist, and cartoonist best known for his short stories based on the fictional Catholic priest Don Camillo. In this book, Perry explores the Don Camillo stories from the perspective of Christian hermeneutics to unlock the richness of both the author and his tales. Perry argues that we must delve deeper into the latent spiritual meaning that many of his stories contain to truly appreciate Guareschi. The book offers a solid appreciation of Italian cultural values and discusses the ways in which those values were contested in the first decades of the Cold War.
Perry received his Ph.D. in Italian literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998. His particular interests are Italy in World War II, contemporary Italian folklore, Italy in the Cold War, popular culture, and literature.