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10 March 2022

Online Lecture – ‘Literature as Translation, Expression, Communication: The Case of C.E. Gadda’

All members of the St Hugh’s community are warmly invited to join us for Professor Giuseppe Stellardi’s online lecture ‘Literature as Translation, Expression, Communication: The Case of C.E. Gadda’ on 10 March 2022, 18.00-19.00 UK time. Scroll down to find out more and to book your ticket now.

This will be the opening lecture of an international conference on one of the most interesting Italian writers of the 20th century. Carlo Emilio Gadda is well known in Italy, yet the complexity of his writing has hindered somewhat the dissemination of his work outside of the national borders. A fresh translation of his masterpiece, La cognizione del dolore (The Experience of Pain), now provides English readers with the opportunity to discover an exceptional author. At the same time, the re-publication in Italy (with entirely new apparatuses) of all his works is fanning critical analysis and debate.

The talk will address a simple question: what is literature for Gadda? The answer will require brief detours into literary territories (Primo Levi, Samuel Beckett) that are not normally associated with his name and that seem very distant from his unique style.

Professor Giuseppe Stellardi is an Associate Professor in Italian at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor in Italian at St Hugh’s College.

Booking Information

This online event will take place via Zoom webinar. To register, please fill in the booking form below by noon on the day before the event.

The lecture is free, but we ask you to consider making a donation to the College’s Discretionary Fund when you book your ticket. Your gifts to the Discretionary Fund are crucial in helping to support the College’s greatest needs.

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Please note that St Hugh’s College’s virtual events may be recorded.

About our speaker: Professor Giuseppe Stellardi

Laurea, DipPerfFil (Pavia); MA (Oxford); DEA, DPhil (Paris)

Giuseppe Stellardi studied in Pavia and Paris, and worked in Cape Town and Lancaster, before joining Oxford University. His main research areas lie in modern Italian literature, but he is also interested in literary theory and continental philosophy. He has written on Dossi, Tarchetti, Michelstaedter, Svevo, Gadda, Moravia, Eco, Morante; also, on Deconstruction (Derrida), on Pensiero debole (Vattimo), and on metaphor. He has published a book on metaphor in Derrida and Heidegger, and one on the work of Carlo Emilio Gadda, as well as a translation in English of Carlo Michelstaedter’s ‘La persuasione e la rettorica’. He currently works on temporality in 20th-century Italian literature.

Professor Stellardi is an Associate Professor in Italian at the University of Oxford, a Fellow and Tutor in Italian at St Hugh’s College, and a Lecturer at New College and Oriel College.

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