The Italian Institute of Culture is delighted to host the online book presentation of Matilde Serao: International Profile, Reception and Networks (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2022) with the co-editors Gabriella Romani, Ursula Fanning and Katharine Mitchell on Thursday, 28th September at 17:00 (UK Time). The respondent will be Olivia Santovetti.
Matilde Serao is still today too often remembered as a minor writer among a large cohort of nineteenth-century Italian writers. This volume presents compelling evidence that Serao was anything but a minor figure, that she enjoyed international renown and was translated into all major European languages. Through its collection of essays written by leading experts on Serao, new and unexpected details are revealed about her relationship with her European and American readerships, as well as about the interconnections between late nineteenth-century Italian literature and the various literary traditions of Europe and beyond.
Please register below to join the event. You will receive a Zoom link a few days before the event.
Gabriella Romani is Professor of Italian and Director of the Alberto Italian Studies Institute at Seton Hall University. Her research focuses on gender and national identities in Nineteenth-century Italy. Among her recent publications are the co-edited volume The Formation of a National Audience: Readers and Spectators in Italy (1750-1890) (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: Madison NJ, 2017) and Postal Culture in Post-Unification Italy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013).
Ursula Fanning is Professor in Italian Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at University College Dublin. Among her publications are Italian Women’s Autobiographical Writings in the Twentieth Century: Constructing Subjects (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: Madison NJ, 2017) and Gender Meets Genre: Woman as Subject in the Fictional University of Matilde Serao (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2002).
Katharine Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in Italian Culture, Media and Gender at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Among her recent books are Gender, Writing, Spectatorships: Evenings at the Theatre, Opera and Silent Screen in Late Nineteenth-Century Italy and Beyond (London and New York: Routledge, 2022) and Italian Women Writers: Gender and Everyday Life in Fiction Journalism, 1870-1910 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014).
Olivia Santovetti is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Leeds. Among her recent publications are the co-edited volume Lettrici italiane tra arte e letteratura. Dall’Ottocento al modernismo (Rome: Campisano Editore, 2021) and Digression. A Narrative Strategy in the Italian Novel (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007).
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