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Mothers of a Lost Land: Patriotic Discourse in Novels of Resistance by Vigano, Moravia, and Morante

Mothers of a Lost Land: Patriotic Discourse in Novels of Resistance by Vigano, Moravia, and Morante
121 St. Joseph Street, Alumni Hall 400
Time: Sep 13th, 4:00 pm End: Sep 13th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by Ernesto Livoni, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Salvatore Bancheri
Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto
cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Ernesto Livorni 
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Mothers of a Lost Land: Patriotic Discourse in Novels of Resistance by Viganò, Moravia and Morante
Thursday, September 13, 2012,
4.00-6.00 pm
Alumni Hall 400
121 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael's College

A reception will follow.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
After an introduction on the concept of "Madre Patria" and its historical importance in Italian history, literature and culture, the lecture will focus on the ideological burden that has been attached to that concept especially during Fascism. This fact has made it impossible for Italian intellectuals to use to concept without the risk of being classified as a right-wing person. The lecture takes into consideration three novels (L'Agnese Va a Morire by Viganò, La Ciociara by Moravia, Aracoeli by Morante) in order to see how three anti-Fascist writers silently and perhaps even inadvertently recover the concept of “Madre Patria” in a time in which the term was ideologically connoted.
Ernesto Livorni is Professor of Italian, and Affiliate of Comparative Literature, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His scholarly publications include Avanguardia e tradizione: Ezra Pound e Giuseppe Ungaretti (1998) and T. S. Eliot, Montale e la modernità dantesca (forthcoming). He also translated into Italian and edited Ted Hughes, Cave-Birds: Un dramma alchemico della caverna (2001). He has published articles in Italian and in English on medieval, modern and contemporary Italian literature, English and American literature, Italian-American literature, and comparative literature. Livorni is the founding editor of L’ANELLO che non tiene: Journal of Modern Italian Literature. Livorni has also published three collections of poems: Prospettiche illusioni (1977-1983) (1987), Nel libro che ti diedi. Sonetti (1985-1986) (1998) and L'America dei Padri (2005).

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