Era mio padre published

Italian political terrorism of the 1970s has produced in its aftermath a rich body of memorial writing, created not only by victims or perpetrators but also by the secondary victims of violence, often children of the dead, who many years after their loss ask why their parents or relatives were chosen as targets, what it … Continue reading

Danielle Hipkins speaking about Italy’s Other Women at Cinema Trevi in Rome

  Danielle Hipkins will be speaking about her book Italy’s Other Women: Gender and Prostitution in Italian Cinema, 1945-1960 on Tuesday 24 April at Cinema Trevi in Rome. The event forms part of a special exhibition entitled Donne proibite, organized by Emiliano Morreale in collaboration with Italy’s national film archive, the Cineteca Nazionale. It will also … Continue reading

Italia lunare published

L’Italia degli anni Sessanta non è solo il paese del miracolo economico, delle migrazioni interne e dei conflitti sociali: è anche un paese che scopre (o riscopre) il proprio volto perturbante e lunare, attraverso un vero e proprio boom dell’occulto che investe ogni settore dell’industria culturale. A partire dal 1959 – quando il Dracula della … Continue reading

Dante’s «Convivio» published

Dante’s unfinished work, the Convivio, his first book written in exile, is often overlooked. This volume, instead of promoting the idea that Dante’s career evolved continuously from the youthful Vita nova through to the Commedia, takes the Convivio as Dante’s first attempt to reassemble and reshape the remains of his Florentine past — from his … Continue reading

Book launch: Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art

Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art, edited by Pierpaolo Antonello, Matilde Nardelli and Margherita Zanoletti, will be launched at 6pm on Wednesday 21 February at the Museo del Novecento in Milan. Speakers will include the architect Mario Piazza, the designer and curator Federica Sala and Francesco Tedeschi, an art historian from Milan’s Università Cattolica del … Continue reading

Photos from the book launch: Writing for Freedom

Alberica Bazzoni’s Writing for Freedom: Body, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative was launched on Monday 5 February at Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford. Jennifer Burns (University of Warwick) moderated a fascinating discussion on contemporary Italian women’s writing with Alberica and Ursula Fanning (University College Dublin). A wine … Continue reading

The Poetics of Decadence in Fin-de-Siècle Italy published

In the 1880s and 1890s, materialism in art was counterbalanced by attention to the subjective individual experience, expressed in the new modes inaugurated by Symbolism, Decadence and Aestheticism. In particular, Decadent artists and writers inspired the lasting name of an age fascinated by the contemplation of luxury and decay: the fin de siècle. Notions of … Continue reading

Writing for Freedom published

Sicilian writer Goliarda Sapienza (1924–1996) is increasingly regarded as a central figure in modern Italian literature, especially with the international success of her masterpiece L’arte della gioia [The Art of Joy]. This book offers an in-depth analysis of Sapienza’s major works, identifying their main themes and central poetics, and establishing her originality and significance within … Continue reading

2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our Young Scholars Competition winners this year! The 2017 competition was held in three fields: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Modern Italian Studies and Irish Studies.   Nineteenth-Century Studies WINNER Clare Stainthorp Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet RUNNER-UP Tai-Chun Ho Civilian Poets and Poetry of the Crimean Conflict: The War at Home   Modern Italian … Continue reading

Bruno Munari: The Lightness of Art published

Bruno Munari was one of the most important and eclectic twentieth-century European artists. Dubbed the «Leonardo and Peter Pan» of contemporary art, he pioneered what would later be labelled kinetic art, playing a key role in the constitution and definition of the aesthetic programmes of groups such as Movimento Arte Concreta and Programmed Art. He … Continue reading

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