112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Landscape, Environment, and the Commons in Italian Culture and Literature

Session Chair: 
Pasquale Verdicchio, University of California, San Diego
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
RCC Meeting Room 5


  1. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
    This presentation looks at the story of the Cervi’s family, a peasant family of the region of Emilia Romagna, before, during and after the Resistance period. I consider the Cervi’s family as an example of a story from below, using a Gramscian term, that lived, acknowledged and experienced the land and the landscape as a mean to improve their life as well as a commons, a land that would be able to sustain and improve the living conditions of the whole surrounding community. 
  2. Adele Sanna, University of California, Los Angeles
    The goal of my paper is to show how Marcovaldo represents a sort of hybrid and still defective prototype of a “biocitizen,” split by his nostalgia for an idealized idea of nature and his disillusionment towards elements of nature encountered in the city. Marcovaldo is attracted by nature and tries to incorporate it into his everyday life; however, his attempts fail because his nostalgic desire for idyllic nature and his resulting hate towards the city prevent him from experiencing those realms (nature and city) as necessarily co-existent. 
  3. Viola Ardeni, University of California, Los Angeles
    Studying the representation of woods in Il segreto del Bosco Vecchio (1935), a novel by Dino Buzzati, I show how children’s literature is a privileged genre to express the idea of magic linked to Nature. In addition, this text expresses a reflection on environmentalism and human relationship with the landscape very innovative for Buzzati’s time.
  4. Marguerite Waller, University of California, Riverside
    Italian television satirist, activist, and filmmaker Sabina Guzzanti repurposes genres and media in investigations of free speech, environmental degradation, finance capital, and governance. Focusing on her first two films, Viva Zapatero (2005) and Le ragioni dell’arragosta [Sympathy for the Lobster] (2007), I discuss her trans-media reconceptualization of the political subject.
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