Michela Meschini (University of Macerata) will give a talk entitled Tales and Visions: Antonio Tabucchi and the Iconic Temptations of his Fiction at the Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday St, Carlton 3053, on Monday 11 August at 6.30 p.m. By exploring the dialogue between visuality and narration, she will illustrate the subtle intertextuality of Tabucchi’s fiction, where cinematic images, photographic memories and famous paintings are the means through which the author addresses issues of identity and subjectivity. The narrative reference to visual images emphasises the emotional overtones of Tabucchi’s stories while also shaping his idea of fiction.
Michela Meschini is a lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Macerata, where she has also been associate Researcher in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature with a project on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. She holds a PhD from University College London and was Visiting Professor in Italian at the Université de Montréal (Canada) from 2009 to 2011. Her main research areas include late twentieth-century Italian literature, postmodern theory, visual studies and migration literature. She has published essays on the fiction of Antonio Tabucchi and other Italian writers such as Italo Calvino and Giuseppe Pontiggia. Her current research focuses on travel literature and contemporary travel writing.
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