115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Italian Ecocriticism

Session Chair: 
Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Eiben 207


  1. Evelyn Ferraro, Santa Clara University
    This paper provides an ecocritical reading of Garlando’s 2004 novel Per questo mi chiamo Giovanni, a biographical account of Giovanni Falcone that is meant to inform and raise awareness around mafia and practices of civic responsibility in the new generations. My approach to this text will come from literary ecology, through notions of ecology of mind, play ethic and the “ecological” differences between tragedy and comedy.   
  2. Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach
    My paper studies how animals and humans interrelate in Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo. My main theoretical framework is the work of post-Jungian psychologist James Hillman, and that of Theodore Roszak and Rinda West. My conclusion is that Il Gattopardo is a reflection on how humans and animals (especially dogs) are meaningfully close and how the borders between the two species are so blurred as to constitute a continuum.
Session Cancelled: