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

Italian I

Session Chair: 
Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Salon II (ET)
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  1. Sienna Hopkins, CSU Long Beach
    Sabadino degli Arienti’s 1483 biography of Ginevra Sforza is an unoriginal work rife with encomiastic tendencies, but the scathing introduction to her life in the first printed edition of this biography has a strange effect: it simultaneously weakens the narrative while giving it an air of mystery.   This paper will explore both the Sforza family’s political intrigues in Bologna, as well as discuss the inevitable thematic reversals of a genre based upon the Renaissance model of praise. 
  2. Monica Streifer, Bucknell University
    In Corte Savella, Anna Banti’s only theatrical work, she continues to explore the theme of her eponymous novel, Artemisia, published 13 years prior. This paper analyzes the relationship between theatrical discourse, modernist narrative, and forging a female-centric historiography.
  3. Chiara Ferrari, CUNY/College of Staten Island
    This paper examines the aesthetization of a "feminine void" in Alberto Moravia's novel Gli indifferenti (1929).  It argues that the deployment of "empty frames," thresholds that mark the separation between inner and outer reality, point to a terrifying void that threatens the finality of meaning hence discursively linking sexual difference to ideological indifference
  4. Loredana Di Martino, University of San Diego
    In my presentation I will argue that fatherhood has become both a popular trope and also a mode of political intervention in contemporary Italian literature. By reinventing the Father into a non-teleological “father-witness” who performs his ethical desire, contemporary authors are developing empowering reconfigurations of tradition where the past, freed from nostalgia, is transformed into a source of inspiration and a future-oriented force.
Session Cancelled: