Symposium

‌Scrittori tra due mondi
Writers between Two Worlds

Thur. Oct. 2, 2014 - 10:30am-5:45pm
President’s Dining Room, University Hall 7th floor
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Presentations will be either in Italian or in English
(the title indicates the language of delivery - no translation available)

[Very limited seating available: RSVP strictly required by Sept. 29th here]

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‌10:30-10:45am: Breakfast and Introductory remarks

Introductory remarks by Linda Gould Levine,
Teresa Fiore and Andrea Dini (Montclair State University)

10:45am-12:30pm: Session I

Gino Tellini (Università di Firenze): “Aspetti del mito americano, tra euforia e disincanto”
Simone Magherini (Università di Firenze): “Si sbarca a New York di F.M. Martini”
Irene Gambacorti (Università di Firenze): “'Terra di libertà, o d'esiglio doloroso': Pietro Borsieri in America”
Marino Biondi (Università di Firenze): “Mario Soldati: America e altri amori. Scritti di viaggio” 
• Chair and moderator: Enza Antenos-Conforti (Montclair State University)

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:15pm: Session II

Andrea Dini (Montclair State University): “Calvino e Hemingway”
Teresa Fiore (Montclair State University): “Sciascia tra la Sicilia, il New Jersey e ‘Brucchilin’”
Marisa Trubiano(Montclair State University): “Dobbiamo imparare a vivere come gli emigranti”: Flaiano, gli USA e il nostro "vero paese" di destinazione
David Del Principe (Montclair State University): “L'Ecogotico transatlantico”
• Chair and moderator: Rhiannon Noel Welch (Rutgers University)

3:15-3:30pm: Coffee break

3:30-5:30pm: Session III

Paolo Valesio (Columbia University): “La poesia di Antonio Barolini tra radicamento ed espatrio”
Marcello Neri (University of Flensburg): “Writing Between Collapsed Worlds - Heinrich Böll”
Alberto Bertoni (Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Italy): “I mondi di Vittorio Sereni”
Salvino Raco (Theatre director, Paris): “Poetica e politica del teatro contemporaneo nella realtà di oggi”
• Chair and moderator: Jo Ann Cavallo (Columbia University)

5:30-5:45pm: Concluding remarks

Observations and Indications for future directions by Gino Tellini, Paolo Valesio, and Alberto Bertoni

A book presentation of Italian writings abroad will follow

PRESENTERS' BIOS

Gino Tellini is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Florence where he serves as both Director of "The Aldo Palazzeschi Research Center” and Chair of the M.A. Program in Modern Philology. Tellini has also introduced the International Ph.D. Program in Italian Literature at the University of Florence. Some of his recent books include: Rifare il verso. La parodia nella letteratura italiana (2008); Metodi e protagonisti della critica letteraria (2010); Letteratura italiana. Un metodo di studio (2011, 2014); Alle origini della modernità letteraria. La poesia a Firenze tra Ottocento e Novecento (2013); Svevo (2013); Il "figlio del sole." Vino e letteratura in Toscana (2014). See Full profile.

Simone Magherini is Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Florence. His research interests are in 18th- and 19th-century poetry, specifically the historical avant-gardes (Lucini, Palazzeschi, Papini, Prezzolini, Soffici, Marinetti.) He has also worked on projects in the digital humanities (Carte d’autore online, 2014). He is the author and curator of several publications including: Tradizione e Modernità. Archivi digitali e strumenti di ricerca (2009); Carteggio Aldo Palazzeschi-Ardengo Soffici (2011); Avanguardie storiche a Firenze e altri studi tra Otto e Novecento (2012); La biblioteca di Aldo Palazzeschi (2004, 2013). See Full profile.

Irene Gambacorti is Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Florence. Focused on 18th- and 19th-century fiction and on the relationships between literature and the visual arts, photography, and film, her essays and books include: Verga a Firenze. Nel laboratorio della "Storia di una capinera" (1994); Luciano Bianciardi. Bibliografia (2001); Storie di cinema e di letteratura. Verga, Gozzano, D'Annunzio (2003); Palazzeschi italofrancese (2013). See Full profile.

Marino Biondi is Associate Professor of Italian literature at the University of Florence. A scholar of 19th- and 20th-century literature and historiography, he has focused on Risorgimento literature in three volumes in particular: La tradizione della patria I, Letteratura e Risorgimento da Vittorio Alfieri a Ferdinando Martini; II, Carduccianesimo e storia d’Italia (2009-2010); and Il discorso letterario sulla Nazione. Letteratura e Storia d’Italia (2012). His latest books include: Cronache. Da Dante ai contemporanei e Nuove cronache. Antichi e moderni and Boccaccio e Machiavelli. Occasioni di lettura (2014). He is a member of the jury for the literary prize Premio Viareggio-Repaci. See Full profile.

Andrea Dini is Associate Professor of Italian at Montclair State University. His research focuses on Italo Calvino’s early years (1941-1949), Resistance literature, modern re-writings of Dante (in Pasolini, Luzi, Sanguineti) and Second Language Acquisition. Dr. Dini is the author of the book Il Premio Nazionale ‘Riccione’ 1947 e Italo Calvino (2007) and the co-author of the introductory textbook Prego! (McGraw-Hill). He is also the co-editor of and contributor to the volume Approaches to Petrarch’s Canzoniere and the Petrarchan Tradition (MLA, 2014). His articles on Calvino, Pavese, and Pasolini have appeared in Paragone-Letteratura, Quaderni del ‘900 and edited collections. See Full profile.

Teresa Fiore is Associate Professor and Inserra Endowed Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies at Montclair State University. She is the editor of the 2006 issue of Quaderni del ‘900 on John Fante. Her articles on 20th-century Italian literature and cinema, Italian American culture, and immigration in Italy have appeared in journals (Annali d’Italianistica, Diaspora, Bollettino d’italianistica) and edited books: Teaching Italian American Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (2010), The Cultures of Italian Migration (2011) and Postcolonial Italy (2012). See Full profile

Marisa S. Trubiano is Associate Professor of Italian at Montclair State University. Her recent publications include articles on the screenwriter Ennio Flaiano and Italian cinema, and oral history within the context of Italian American cultural studies. Her book Ennio Flaiano and His Italy: Postcards of a Changing World was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2010. Current projects include the translation of Flaiano’s theater into English.
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David Del Principe is Associate Professor of Italian at Montclair State University. He is the author of the book Rebellion, Death, and Aesthetics in Italy: The Demons of Scapigliatura (1996) and various articles on 19th- and 20th-century Italian and European, Gothic literature and culture. His current research interests lie in a new field of study, the EcoGothic, that embraces Ecofeminist and Vegan Theory and Praxis, Critical Animal Studies, and Post-Humanism. He recently served as Guest Editor of a special issue of the British journal Gothic Studies (The EcoGothic in the Long Nineteenth Century, Manchester University Press, 2014). See Full profile.

Paolo Valesio is Giuseppe Ungaretti Professor Emeritus in Italian Literature at Columbia University. He is editor in chief of the Italian Poetry Review (IPR) andpresident of the “Centro Studi Sara Valesio” in Bologna. His research includes modern and contemporary Italian literature, rhetoric and spirituality, as well as the theory and practice of creative writing. Beside numerous critical essays and articles, Valesio has published, curated and co-curated several works of criticism (including the edition of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Venezianella e Studentaccio) as well as novels and collections of short stories. Valesio is also the author of seventeen volumes of poetry (the latest being La mezzanotte di Spoleto). See Full profile.

Marcello Neri is Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Flensburg (Germany) and Co-Director (with Prof. Markus Pohlmeyer) of the Workgroup and Project “Literature and Theology” at the Department of Catholic Theology of the University of Flensburg. His latest book Esodi del divino (Il Mulino, Bologna) will be released in Fall 2014. See Full profile

Alberto Bertoni is Professor of Contemporary Italian Literature and 20th-century Prose and Literary Genres at the University of Bologna. He is the editor of poetry series (Book Editore), research board member for “PoesiaFestival,” and jury member for various literary prizes. His main publications include: Taccuini 1915-1921 di F.T. Marinetti (1987), Dai simbolisti al Novecento (1995), La poesia come si legge e come si scrive (2006), il “Meridiano” dei Romanzi di Alberto Bevilacqua, and La poesia contemporanea (2012). He is also the author of several volumes of poetry including: Tatì (1999), Le cose dopo (2003), Ricordi di Alzheimer (2008), and Traversate (2014), among others. Some of his books have been translated into English, French, and Russian. See Full profile.

Salvino Raco is an independent theatre director. He received his MFA in Theatre Studies at the Sorbonne University Paris III. He has partcipated in performances and workshops by Pier’Alli, Bob Wilson and Tadeusz Kantor. His works have been presented at the Triennale of Milano, Fabbrica Europa in Firenze, Festival Contemporaneo in Prato, Biennale of Venezia, and Spazio Ansaldo in Milano. See Full profile (Currently unavailable).

MODERATORS’ BIOS

Enza Antenos-Conforti is Assistant Professor in Italian at Montclair State University, and the current Deputy Chair of the Italian Program. Her publications are in the field of second language acquisition and, in particular, the role of emerging technologies in foreign language education (Foreign Language Annals, Calico Journal). Her research and teaching interests also focus on Italian language in the U.S. See Full profile.

Rhiannon Noel Welch
is Assistant Professor in Italian at Rutgers University. Her research interests focus on 19th-21st-century Italian literature, film, and cultural studies and in particular on issues of (post-) colonialism, biopolitics, race, nationalism, migration, and labor. Her essays have appeared in journals (Italica) and edited volumes (National Belongings, L’Italia postcoloniale). She is the translator of Roberto Esposito’s Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity and Biopolitics (2013). Her book manuscript Vital Subjects: Race, (Re)productivity, and Italian Modernity is currently under revision. See Full profile.

Jo Ann Cavallo is Professor of Italian at Columbia University and current Chair of the Italian Department.  Her most recent book, The World beyond Europe in the Romance Epics of Boiardo and Ariosto (2013), received the 2011 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award. She is also the author of The Romance Epics of Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso: From Public Duty to Private Pleasure (2004), and co-editor of Fortune and Romance: Boiardo in America (1998). Her articles focus on early Christian and gnostic literature, Italian authors from the medieval to the modern period, and folk traditions that stage epic narratives. She is currently co-editing (with Carlo Lottieri) the volume “Speaking Truth to Power from Medieval to Modern Italy” for Annali d'Italianistica (2016). See Full profile.