At the Museo Italiano, Carlton, at 6.30 pm on 11 November Richard Freadman will launch A Soul for Australia? Reading Fosco Antonio’s My Reality, edited by John Gatt-Rutter and Peter Willis. Fosco came to Australia from Italy as a child in the 1950s. His book reflects on the mutations of Australian culture since that time, on the experience of having Catholic roots in a largely secular society, on the search for meaning without God, and on the transformative power of emotional crisis. The book is also an affectionate narrative of Melbourne – its geography, its cultural topography, and its own proud version of post-war radicalism. His text, My Reality, is republished in this volume, accompanied by six essays, ranging from the supportive to the dismissive, which seek to open up debate on the issues which he poses.
John Gatt-Rutter is Maltese by birth and has spent a lifetime in Italian studies, written books on writers as different as Italo Svevo (1861-1928) and Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006). He has recently published The Bilingual Cockatoo: Writing Italian Australian lives.
Peter Willis has researched the relationship between adult learning & the quest for meaning and humanism in civil society. He is currently the acting director of the Australian Centre for Convivial Backyard Civilisation (ACCBC). Recent writings are: Existential Approach to Transformative Learning and Learning life from Illness stories.
Richard Freadman graduated in literary studies at Brandeis University, Boston, and completed a doctoral degree at Oxford University with a thesis on George Eliot and Henry James. From 1991 to 2013 he was Professor of English at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Richard pursued a special interest in the relation between literature and philosophy and subsequently focused especially on the study of biographical and autobiographical writing. He was Director of the Unit for the Study of Biography and Autobiography at La Trobe. His many books include Threads of Life: Autobiography and the Will, This Crazy Thing, A Life: Australian Jewish Autobiography, and Shadow of Doubt: My Father and Myself.
Date: Tuesday, 11th November 2014, at 6.30 pm
Where: Museo Italiano, Co.As.It., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053
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