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Literature and emotions have been intertwined since time immemorial. Emotions such as fear, empathy, shame, pride, and jealousy are at the core of stories narrated throughout history. How do we understand, however, emotions in a literary text? Ancient philosophers and modern positivists have often interpreted emotions, along with passions, as negative forces, but more recently studies conducted in various disciplines (literature, philosophy, history, sociology) have highlighted the ambivalent (disruptive and creative at once), if not positive, character of emotions. Six specialists in different fields, from sociology and literary criticism to translation and creative writing will discuss the role of emotions in the works of various Italian authors as well as in the process of writing or translating Italian literature.

First panel:

GABRIELLA TURNATURI (University of Bologna), “The Power of Emotions in Ferrante’s Writing.”

ANDREA BALDI (Rutgers University), “Anna Maria Ortese: Writing and Empathy.”

PIETRO FRASSICA (Princeton University), “Arturo's Island, an Isle of Solitude".

Second panel:

GABRIELLA ROMANI, (Seton Hall University), “Edith Bruck: Shame in Holocaust Literature.”

CHIARA MARCHELLI, (New York University), “Moving Words.”

MICHAEL MOORE (United Nations), "Translating Anger: Primo Levi's "Letters from Germans" in Italian, German, and English."

Both panels will be moderated by GRAZIELLA PARATI (Dartmouth College).

The event is part of the activities of the NY-NJ Bridge, which fosters the collaboration between the IIC and the four NJ Universities that offer advanced studies in Italian.



Date: Thursday, April 07, 2016

Time: From 5:00 pm To 7:30 pm

Organized by : IIC

In collaboration with : NY-NJ Bridge

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York