Self-reflection in Italian literature

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17 January 2014 | 9:30-17:30| Workshop
Seminar Room 1, Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Organised by Olivia Santovetti, Alessio Baldini and Cristina Rios (Italian),

co-funded by Italian at SLCS and the Literary Studies Research Group.

This workshop is conceived as the first stage of interaction among scholars of different academic institutions worldwide interested in the theme of self-reflection in Italian literature. The institutions include: University of Leeds, University of Pisa, University of Siena, University of Naples II, Freie Universität Berlin, Universiteit Gent, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. The first outcome of this research network will be the publication of a themed issue of The Italianist, on Self reflection (expected publication in 2015).

The aim of the workshop is to explore and examine the range, function and nature of self-reflexive devices and techniques in Italian narrative fiction from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. Self-reflection has been defined as an umbrella term encompassing both metanarration and metafiction, that is texts which reflect and comment on their own composition, reception and on their existence as a work of literature. A further meaning of the term will be explored: self-reflection in the literal sense of reflection of the self in texts that ambiguously mix fiction and autobiography, a phenomenon recently given the label 'auto-fiction'.

The morning sessions (10:00-12:30) will focus on the contemporary and twentieth-century periods, whereas the after-lunch session (13:30-15:00) will tackle the nineteenth century and the pre-modern periods (Renaissance and Medieval). Each contribution is intended to provide an interpretive commentary on a text or passage that exemplifies the authorial self-reflective attitude. The final roundtable (15:30-17:30) will identify and strengthen the principles guiding the project. Special attention will be given to the discussion of the methodological approach with the aim of relaunching the debate on the validity of 'close reading' today (articles by Paul B. Armstrong and Joseph North will be distributed in advance to open the discussion).

The speakers include: Alessio Baldini, Raffaele Donnarumma, Simona Micali, Federica Pich, Elena Porciani, Cristina Rios, Mara Santi, Olivia Santovetti, Cristina Savettieri, Gigliola Sulis.

The talks will be both in English and Italian. Please contact the organisers if you intend to participate so to receive copies of the passages to be analysed by the speakers as well as the articles to be discussed in the roundtable.

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  1. Research Culture
  2. Research Events
  3. The Woman Reader Project
  4. Self-reflection in Italian literature