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

Italian II

Session Chair: 
Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach
Session 4: Friday 3 – 4:30 pm
Kieffer 9
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  1. This paper is composed of two main sections. First, I analyze nature in its most harmonious state by taking a closer look at Canto VI of the Orlando Furioso (Alcina's Island), which is not just a natural scene but is a locus amoenus: an idyllic and serene setting reminiscent of the pastoral tradition. Next, I will analyze the scene in the Orlando Furioso where Orlando, in the throes of his jealous rage, disrupts and destroys the forest. 
  2. Pietro Bocchia, Notre Dame University
    In line with Western intellectuals and activists’ attempts to redefine politics as a cultural, critical, and human-centered pursuit, Pasolini brought his Catholic views into line with his political theories of revolution in the second half of the Sixties.  By presenting a case-study of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reception of the American New Left, my paper shows that Pasolini deemed religion the foundation of a cultural revolution capable of transforming society at all levels, including the political.
  3. Gian Maria Annovi, University of Southern California
    In the first part of this paper, I set out to understand the reasons for the critical association between Pasolini and d’Annunzio despite the enormous differences that characterize their own poetics and cultural destiny. I will show how critics adapted the moral and political prejudices used against d’Annunzio to Pasolini’s case. To do this, I will analyze Pasolini’s general attitude toward the figure of d’Annunzio. 
  4. Stefania Nedderman, Gonzaga University
    La porta dell’acqua, explores a child’s frustrated love for her nanny and her grown-up guilt for her indifference/ complicity toward the persecution of Jews. I use Erik H. Erikson’s first three stages of psychosocial development to investigates how the ritualization of experience (through play, practices, and religion) while strengthening one’s sense of identity may conversely exclude others as belonging to a different species. I will focus on the use of Struwwelpeter (1845), a German children’s book, as a mean for this enculturation. 
Session Cancelled: