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Prof Zyg Baranski (Notre Dame University, US and Cambridge University, UK) is Visiting Scholar at the Italian Studies program at Monash University


zyg_baranski_for_web-5Prof Zyg Baranski (Professor of Dante and Italian Studies Notre Dame University, US, and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge, UK), a world’s leading expert on Dante, medieval literature and poetics, and expert on modern literature and film, is Visiting Scholar at the Monash Italian Studies program. During his visit he will give three lectures. Everybody invited!

“Transforming Propaganda: Roberto Rossellini’s Un pilota ritorna“, Thursday October 9, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This public lecture is part of the RISM seminar series organized by Monash Italian Studies in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture.

This seminar examines the ways in which Rossellini’s 1942 film undercuts its apparent propagandist aims by drawing on a wide range of cinematic genres and by introducing marked shifts and contrasts in its structure. Indeed, rather than serve fascist war aims, Un pilota ritorna calls into question various aspects of fascist policy, granting primacy to ethics over politics, and recognizing the importance of pluralism.

“Language as sin and salvation in Dante: Inferno XVIII”, Friday October 10, 11am, Clayton Campus room E561, in collaboration with the Monash Med-Renaissance Seminar Series.

On account of its sexual overtones and scatological references, Inferno XVIII has caused considerable embarrassment to Dante scholars, who have tended to offer partial and reductive readings of the canto. The present lecture aims to establish Inferno XVIII’s key role in the structure of the Commedia, not only as regards its function as ‘prologue’ to one of the most original sections of Dante’s afterlife, the richly stratified circle of fraud Malebolge, but also as the canto in which the poet addresses two of the major controversial questions relating to the form of his great poem, namely, its status as ‘comedy’ and its linguistic eclecticism.

“La formazione intellettuale di Dante”, Thursday October 16, 6.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture (233 Domain Rd, South Yarra). This seminar is conducted in Italian and open to students and academics of all the universities of Melbourne and to the general public.

Dante, dove ha imparato e letto le cose che sapeva? A prima vista la domanda può sembrare banale, persino ‘inutile’. Eppure, è la domanda che, negli ultimi anni, i dantisti si sono posti con sempre maggior insistenza. La lezione prende in considerazione questioni come l’educazione di Dante, la situazione culturale di Firenze alla fine del Duecento, i rapporti di Dante con Bologna, gli effetti dell’esilio e le simpatie ideologiche del poeta.

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Fieldwork in Italy Survival Kit

Catherine Williams   La Trobe University

Having recently returned from a four-month research trip to Italy, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences in the hope that my own mistakes might save other researchers who, like me, are just starting out, both time and frustration: Continue reading

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Re-imagining Italian Studies: Seventh Biennial Conference, Adelaide, 4-6 December 2013

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Over the past decades in Australia and internationally we have witnessed major cultural, political and economic changes which have impacted on the nature and delivery of Italian Studies: the aging of first and second generation post-war Italian migrants, the retreat from more advanced multicultural policy positions, the refocussing of Australian international relations towards Asia; the arrival of increasing numbers of highly mobile Italian professionals. Recognising the changing profile and affiliations of learners of Italian in our universities and the profound contemporary cultural and technological transformations, it is timely to re-imagine Italian Studies into the 21st century.

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Un nuovo blog di studi italiani

Francesco Ricatti   University of the Sunshine Coast

Milano: May-Day Parade. Foto Roberto Gimmi.

‘Ma se ne sentiva davvero il bisogno?’ Eccola lì la domanda inquietante, penzolare come una scimitarra sopra la testa del povero blogger. Si sentiva davvero il bisogno di un nuovo blog di studi italiani? Naturalmente la risposta definitiva potranno darcela soltanto i numeri: quanti studiosi decideranno di collaborare al blog? E quante persone gli daranno ogni tanto un’occhiata, o lo seguiranno con commovente, quasi religiosa, devozione? Per il momento posso solo dare una risposta personale, provvisoria: io sì, ne sentivo davvero il bisogno! Le ragioni sono tante, ma vorrei considerarne almeno tre.

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