113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Environment, Ecology and Nature in Italian Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
Session 8: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Enrico Orsingher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
    Through an Ecocritical approach, we'll demonstrate how  the Così fan tutte has been skilfully and unexpectedly built by the Venetian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte on the politic, religious and ethnic tensions of the Early modern Adriatic space, and how it is not possible to understand the inner revolutionary meaning of this opera without examining the interactions that it has with this tight and painful sea, which is a major borderline, a melting pot for the Italian, Austrian, Slavic and Turkish civilizations.
  2. Laura Giancaspero, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3
    This paper proposal aims to analyze in all its peculiarities, the original phenomenon of the murals of Orgosolo, a spontaneous and intense artistic production that aroused in a small village of Sardinia, in the late sixties. Through an ecocritical analysis we’ll focus our attention on the relationship between environment and artistic production in the process of the construction of a local identity.  
  3. Massimo Lollini, University of Oregon
    La Lettera alla mia terra di Roberto Saviano costituisce un importante modello di racconto ambientalista contemporaneo, articolato in forme multimediali. Questa presentazione analizzerà l’evoluzione di questo racconto dalla versione scritta ne La bellezza e l’inferno alla versione televisiva, nello speciale Dall’inferno alla bellezza della trasmissione Che tempo che fa condotto insieme Fabio Fazio.
  4. Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego
    My paper will consider the films of the Taviani brothers, Michelangelo Frammartino and Emanuele Cecconello, all of whom are representative of a linguistic elaboration of the natural environment through the parameters of that new subgenre of film studies that is ecocriticism.
Session Cancelled: