Tag Archives: Books

Teaching Italian – global and national perspectives

550x150v5Coinciding with the XIV edition of the Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo, the Stati Generali della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo is taking place in Florence this week (21-22 October) with the theme L’italiano nel mondo che cambia. As a basis for the discussions, statistics on the current global position of Italian language teaching have been produced and documents on strategies for the future have been presented. The Accademia della Crusca has simultaneously launched an e-volume, L’editoria italiana nell’era digitale, which examines the history of the book and publishing in Italy and contains interviews with Italy’s major lexicographers (including Tullio De Mauro and Raffaele Simone). In Australia the place of Italian in schools and universities has recently been discussed by John Hajek and Joe Lo Bianco who examine the reasons for the current decline in its popularity and suggest strategies to reverse it.

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Sexy e complicato

podcast(Regretful disclosure: not my title, but the one SBS has used to publicise today’s talk by Andrea Rizzi discussing the beautiful exhibition ‘Libri: 6 Centuries of Italian Books‘ at the Baillieu library of the University of Melbourne). The exhibition closes shortly but a selection will remain online.  Andrea’s focus is particularly on the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, published in 1499 in Venice by Aldus Manutius; and he provides a full explanation of exactly what was sexy and complicated about the story (yes, available uncensored on Amazon).

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