Italian News & Announcements Archive


Calvino and the Catacoustic – Nov. 5th – Gilman 479 – 5.15 PM

Calvino and the Catacoustic: An ‘Echo-logical’ Reading Let us consider Calvino’s Invisible Cities as a sound  that has produced a vast number of echoes in the over 50 years since its publication, from studiopluz’s architectural installations of lit glass (above) to Chris Cerrone’s Pulitzer-nominated opera of the novel. Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe referred to the way that thinkers […]


Reading and Illustrating the Divine Comedy, Oct. 3rd – Gilman 479 – 5.15 PM

The copy of the Divine Comedy with the commentary by Cristoforo Landino, published in Venice by Pietro Piasi in 1491 and preserved in the House of Dante in Rome, presents a rich apparatus of annotations and painted figures that illustrate the salient passages of the poem. The dense mystery that has surrounded for a long […]


A Cognitive Scientific Approach to Italian Cinema, Sep. 25th Gilman 479 5.15 PM

This presentation was inspired by recent findings in neuro-aesthetics—the study of the impact of the arts on the nervous system.  Cinema has been found to have a particularly strong effect on the part of the brain housing mirror neurons, origin of such psychic processes as identification and empathy. Using clips from Gomorra and Io non […]


Special MLN Italian 2021: Elena Ferrante in a Global Context

The board of MLN Italian is delighted to announce that its 2021 issue will be devoted to the work of Elena Ferrante. Guest editors: Professors Tiziana De Rogatis, Stiliana Milkova, and Katrin Wehling Giorgi The global success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels has firmly established the author as one of the most powerful voices of contemporary World […]


Professor Di Bianco Awarded the Lauro De Bosis Postdoctoral Fellowship

photo of Laura Di Bianco

Professor Laura Di Bianco was awarded the “Lauro De Bosis Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Italian Civilization” at Harvard University, for spring 2020, for her research project Crumbling Beauty. Italian Cinema in the Age of the Anthropocene.


New Book on Literary Forgery

Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe Book Cover

Professor Walter Stephens and Earle Havens, Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books at the JHU libraries, recently published Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe 1450-1800, a collection of 13 essays on the subject (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018).


Italian Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Biosphere of the Anthropocene

“Italian Ecologies: Italo Calvino and the Biosphere of the Anthropocene.” A lecture by Professor Serenella Iovino (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). March 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm. When we imagine life in the Anthropocene, almost inevitably, images of faraway places appear:  dead albatrosses on a Pacific island whose dying bodies are filled […]


What Do Emotions Have To Do With a Will? February 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm

What Do Emotions Have To Do With a Will? The Last Testament of Aurelio Barbieri (Bologna, 1597). A lecture by Professor Monica Calabritto (The Graduate Center, CUNY). February 26, Gilman 130G, 5:15 pm.  In 1588 Paolo Barbieri, a wealthy Bolognese aristocrat, brutally murdered his young wife, Isabella Caccianemici, stabbing her seven times. As she lay […]


Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe, 1450–1800

Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe Book Cover

Forgery is an eternal problem. In literature and the writing of history, suspiciously attributed texts can be uniquely revealing when subjected to a nuanced critique. False and spurious writings impinge on social and political realities to a degree rarely confronted by the biographical criticism of yesteryear. They deserve a more critical reading of the sort […]