Visual Storytelling. Examples from Italy. Wednesday, 2 March pm pm

Visual Storytelling Examples from Italy Wednesday, 2 March 2016 3.00 pm - 7.30 pm Institute of Advance Studies University College London South Wing, R...
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Visual Storytelling Examples from Italy Wednesday, 2 March 2016 3.00 pm - 7.30 pm Institute of Advance Studies University College London South Wing, Room G09 Gower Street, London     Organized by the AHRC-funded research project “Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia” and hosted by the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, this multidisciplinary symposium explores the rich diversity of visual and verbal art in contemporary Italy. We are delighted to welcome the illustrator and painter Tullio Pericoli, one of Italy’s most distinguished contemporary artists, who will speak, in conversation with Prof. Simona Corso (Roma Tre), about how literature has shaped his artistic imagination. Interartistic creativity will be envisaged as a constantly changing, dynamic field of investigation, which has been, and continues to be, a driving force of modern art. We will begin with a plenary lecture by the poet and scholar Prof. Jan Baetens Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Leuven and a leading authority on literature and the visual arts. The afternoon will end with a roundtable, chaired by Dr Florian Mussgnug (UCL), which will include contributions by Dr Pierpaolo Antonello (Cambridge), Prof. Timothy Mathews (UCL) and Dr Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway). For further information, please contact the organizer: [email protected]


Welcome and Opening Clodagh Brook (Birmingham; Principal Investigator of “Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia”) and Florian Mussgnug (UCL)

3.15 pm

Jan Baetens (Leuven) ‘Hybridized popular literature: fotoromanzi and cineromanzi In postwar Italy’

4.30 pm

‘Painting and Drawing Literature’ Tullio Pericoli in conversazione con Simona Corso (Roma Tre)*

5.45 pm

Roundtable ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Visual and Verbal Art’ Pierpaolo Antonello (Cambridge) Timothy Mathews (UCL) Giuliana Pieri (Royal Holloway) Chair: Florian Mussgnug (UCL)

7.00 pm

Concluding Remarks and Reception

* This conversation will be in Italian. We will provide a written summary in English detailing major points for discussion.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Pierpaolo Antonello is Reader in Italian Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College. He specializes in 20th Century Italian culture and intellectual history. He has published widely on literature, philosophy, film, and visual art. He has also published on Pier Paolo Pasolini, Nanni Moretti, Paolo Sorrentino, Matteo Garrone, Daniele Vicari, Quentin Tarantino, among others. Recent publications include Dimenticare Pasolini: Intellettuali e impegno nell’Italia contemporanea (Milan, 2012); Contro il materialismo. Le ‘due culture’ in Italia: bilancio di un secolo (Turin, 2012; winner of the 2013 AAIS Book Prize; and the Viareggio-Répaci Jury Prize 2013); Il ménage a quattro. Scienza, filosofia, tecnica nelle letteratura italiana del Novecento (Florence, 2005). Co-edited volumes include Mimesis, Desire, and the Novel: René Girard and Literary Criticism (2015, with H. Webb); How We Became Human: Mimetic Theory and the Science of Evolutionary Origins (2015, with P. Gifford); Can we Survive our Origins? Readings in Rene Girard’s Theory of Violence and the Sacred (2014; with P. Gifford). Jan Baetens is Professor of Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). He has written widely on contemporary French poetry, literary theory and history, and on the relation between word and image. He is a leading scholar of so-called minor genres: novelizations, comics, photonovels. His most recent scholarly publications include The Graphic Novel (Cambridge: 2014, with H. Frey); Correspondance: The Birth of Belgian Surrealism (Peter Lang, 2016, with M. Kasper); "Conversation in Sicily: A Contextual Reading", with B. Van Den Bossche, in Italian Studies 70/1, Feb. 2015, pp. 117–30. He also co-guest-edited the latest issue of Fabula LHT on "Crises de lisibilité ( He is the author of several important collections of poetry, including Pour une poésie du dimanche (Brussels, 2009) and Le Problème du Sud (Brussels, 2013). In 2007, he received the Prix triennal de poésie de la Communauté française de Belgique (2007) for his collection Cent fois sur le metier (2004). In 2015 he was awarded the Prix Elie Rodenbach. Clodagh Brook is Reader in Contemporary Cinema and Culture at the University of Birmingham and Principal Investigator for the Interdisciplinary Italy project. She has published widely on twentieth and twenty-first century Italian culture, on cinema, poetry and interartistic practice, on cultural expressions of dissent, on identity, and on religion and cinema. She is author of Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic Eye in the Political Sphere (2009) and The Expression of the Inexpressible in the Poetry of Eugenio Montale: Metaphor, Silence, and Negation (2002), as well as co-edited books such as Transmedia: Storia, memoria e narrazioni attraverso i media (2014) and Resisting the Tide: Cultures of Opposition under Berlusconi (Continuum 2010). She is on the Executive Board of the Society for Italian Studies and holds its research portfolio. She is also on the editorial board of the international journal Italian Cinema and Media and is co-director, with Rob Stone, of B-Film, the new Centre for film research at the University of Birmingham.

Simona Corso is Associate Professor of English Literature at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Rome – Roma Tre. Her research interests include eighteenth century English literature, comparative literature, postcolonial studies, narratology and visual and material cultures. Her publications include Postcolonial Shakespeare, coedited with M. d’Amico (2009), Letteratura e Antropologia, co-edited with M. Bonafin (2008), Automi, termometri, fucili: L'immaginario della macchina nel romanzo inglese e francese del Settecento (2004) and articles on Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, James Joyce, Martin Amis, Derek Walcott, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee, on the myth of Robinson Crusoe, and works of thematic criticism. Passions: New perspectives from Modern and Contemporary Literature, co-edited by Simona Corso and Beth Guilding, is forthcoming with Peter Lang, Oxford. Her novel Capodanno al Tennis Club (Sellerio 2002) was awarded the Premio Mondello Opera Prima in 2003. Timothy Mathews is Professor of French and Comparative Criticism at UCL. He has written widely about 20th and 21st century French Literature, comparative literature and comparative approaches. His research interests include translation, literary theory, creative critical writing, French poetry from Baudelaire to the present, avant-garde aesthetics, relations of literature and visual art. He has published on Guillaume Apollinaire, Aimé Césaire, Roland Barthes, Michel Houellebecq. W G Sebald, Cees Noteboom, Orhan Pamuk. Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Giacometti. His most recent book, Alberto Giacometti: the Art of Relation (2013) explores what relating to art can tell us about relating to others. Other publications include Reading Apollinaire (1990) and Literature, Art and the Pursuit of Decay in Twentieth- Century France (2006). He is co-translator with Delphine Grass of Michel Houellebecq, The Art of Struggle (2010) and co-editor with Jan Parker of Tradition, Translation, Trauma (2011). He is a member of the Academy of Europe, and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. Florian Mussgnug is Reader in Italian and Comparative Literature at UCL and Director of the UCL Comparative Literature Programme. He has published widely on 20th and 21st Century literature, with a particular focus on narrative prose fiction in Italian, English and German. His research interest include literary theory, experimental writing, postmodernism, animal studies, environmental literature, cultural representations of catastrophe and apocalypse. Recent books include The Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-Garde (2010, winner of the 2012 Edinburgh Gadda Prize) and The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia (2014, with M. Reza). He has been Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Rome (2010-11) and has served on the executive committees of the British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA) and the Réseau Européen d’Etudes Littéraires Comparées. He is cofounder of the London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies (LINKS), and co-investigator of “Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia”.

Tullio Pericoli is one of Italy’s most distinguished contemporary artists. Painter, cartoonist and illustrator, he is well known for his life-long interest in literature and for his iconic portraits of writers. Born in Colli del Tronto and resident in Milan since 1961, he has been a regular contributor to many of Italy’s leading daily newspapers and weekly magazines, including Corriere della Sera (from 1974), L’Espresso and La Repubblica (from 1984). Largescale exhibitions of his works have been held in numerous cities in Italy, Germany, Austria, France, USA, and Ireland. He designed the scenery and costumes for two productions of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (1995) the Zurich Opernhaus (1995) and at La Scala in Milan (1998). In 2001 he was director, scenographer and costume designer for Ionescu’s Le chaises at the Piccolo Teatro Studio in Milan, and in the same year designed sets and costumes for Rossini’s Il turco in Italia, again for Zurich Opernhaus. His publications include Woody, Freud e gli altri (1988); Ritratti Arbitrari (1990); Attraverso il disegno (1991); Die Tafel des Königs (1993); Colti nel segno (1995); Terre (2000); I ritratti (2002); Otto scrittori (2003); La casa ideale di Robert Louis Stevenson (2004); L’anima del volto (2005); Robinson Crusoe di Daniel Defoe (2007); Attraverso l’albero (2012); 80 ritratti per 10 scrittori (2012); I paesaggi (2013); Pensieri della mano (2014). He was awarded the Gulbransson Prize from the Olaf Gulbransson Museum at Tegernsee (1993), an honorary degree in architecture by the University of Camerino (2002) and the Premio Nazionale Gentile da Fabriano for art and culture (2002). The theme of landscape features prominently in many of his recent exhibitions: Lineamenti, volto e paesaggio (Rome, Museo dell’Ara Pacis, 2010); L’infinito paesaggio (Milan, Villa Necchi Campiglio, 2010); Areonatura (MAG, Riva del Garda, 2014); Ritratti (Spazio Don Chisciotte, Turin, 2014); I paesaggi (MART, Rovereto, 2014); Sulla terra (Palazzo Fava, Bologna, 2015). Giuliana Pieri is Reader in Italian and the Visual Arts at Royal Holloway University of London and Head of the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She has published widely on 19th and 20th century visual culture, cultural history and popular literature. Her research interests are firmly in the area of comparative and interdisciplinary studies, especially the intersection of the verbal and the visual, and the role of Italian visual culture in the construction of Italian identity both in Italy and abroad. Recent volumes include The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians from 1914 to the Present (2013, with S. Gundle and C. Duggan), and Italian Crime Fiction (2011). In 2010 she co-curated the exhibition Against Mussolini: Art and the Fall of a Dictator (London, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art) as part of the AHRC-funded research grant The Cult of the Duce ( She is member of the executive committee of the Society of Italian Studies, and co-investigator of “Interdisciplinary Italy 19002020: Interart/Intermedia”.