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200th Anniversary of Giacomo Leopardi's “L'Infinito” - Round Table



200th Anniversary of Giacomo Leopardi's “L'Infinito” - Round Table

MIA (Marchigiani in America), in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York presents an evening of poetry: Infinito Leopardi.

A discussion with Prof. Simona Wright (The College of New Jersey) and Prof. Gabrielle Sims (Leopardi Scholar) to celebrate Giacomo Leopardi and the 200th year anniversary of his most famous poem “L'infinito”.

Simona Wright coordinates the Italian Program at The College of New Jersey. She holds a PhD in Italian from Rutgers University and a Laurea in German Literature from Ca’ Foscari. Her publications include a monograph on Italo Calvino, articles on Italian poetry, contemporary Italian women writers, and the poetics of migration. Amongst her various publication, she co-edited the volume Mapping Leopardi. Poetic and Philosophical Intersections (2019 Cambridge Scholars Press). She co-organizes the conference Intersections/Intersezioni, held every year in Florence, is the editor of NeMLA Italian Studies, and is currently serving as Past President of the Northeast Modern Language Association. Her present work focuses on Italy’s Postcoloniality and recent publications have focused on the representation of the migrant body in the European space.

Gabrielle Sims received her PhD in Italian Studies from New York University in 2012 with a dissertation on Leopardi’s natural philosophy and poetics. In 2013 she published the first complete English translation of Leopardi’s Discourse of an Italian on Romantic Poetry and, just this year, published an article on “L’infinito” in a collection of essays on Leopardi edited by Simona Wright, titled Mapping Leopardi: Poetic and Philosophical Interactions. She is currently working with Martina Piperno on a translation of another of Leopardi’s critical essays, the Discourse on the Current Customs of the Italians and, as soon as she finds funding and time for it, will go hunting for Leopardi’s unpublished Compendio di Storia Naturale.


Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : MIA (Marchigiani in America)

In collaboration with : IIC

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York