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From: "Peter Montgomery" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, October 24, 2003 11:49 PM
Subject: Re: Ittalian evening socialising -> was -> Prufrock's smoke and In
ferno canto XV


> So is northern Italy, by any chance, more literate
> than southern Italy (no pejorative connotations intended)?
>
> Cheers,
> Peter
>

I have no statistics at hand about that. Yet, I would say North and South
are about as literate. The first university ever was that of Salerno
(Campania), close to Naples, and the Universities of Rome and Naples are
very important, indeed, as well as that of Bari, as far as literary studies
are concerned. I would say, in northern Italy there are more job
opportunities, especially in the part where I live, which is called 'the
rich North-East' (in a sarcastic sense, since it's rich but devoted only to
making money). So, quite a number of people living in northern Italy leave
school early, and get a job -- whereas many students from southern Italy
travel all the way to the North to study in a particular university or
faculty.
Best regards (and thanx for changing the subject line in the message... I'd
forgotten to do it!)
Sara Trevisan