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DELC Postgraduate Colloquium 2008
Date: 21 May 2008 Time: 9.30 am - 3.50 pm
Schedule for the DELC post-graduate colloquium, May 21st, 2008, to be held in the Institute for Advanced Studies
9.30 - Paper 1 Presenter - Ailhlin Clark, Discussant - Sophie Krossa. Changing consumers: Changing food consumption patterns in Southern Italy in the mid-twentieth century.
10.10 - Paper 2 Presenter - Stuart Durkin, Discussant - Sophie Krossa. Peace-Making from below: Civil society responses and their impacts upon the protracted social conflict in the Basque Country.
10.50 - Coffee
11.10 - Paper 3 Presenter - Sarah Neelson, Discussant - David Whitton. Writing afterwards. Event, media and theatre in three plays by Elfriede Jelinek (Stecken, Stab und Stangl; In den Alpen; Babel).
11.50 - Paper 4 Presenter - Maria Christodoulou, Discussant - Maurice Slawinski. Cinema and history: The cinematic representation of the Aldo Moro case.
12.30 - Paper 5 Presenter - Ian Seed, Discussant - Graham Bartram. An introduction to Italian memorialistica of the resistance.
13.10 - Lunch
14.00 - Paper 6 Presenter - Flora Lopez-Bray, Discussant - Charlotte Baker. Representations of motherhood in the work of Gioconda Belli.
14.40 - Paper 7 Presenter - Maria Pujol-Valls, Discussant - Allyson Fiddler. Elements from English literature in Vallverdú's novels: a familiar exoticism.
15.20 - Paper 8 Presenter - Andrew Otway, Discussant - Graham Bartram. Benjamin and Agamben on experience and language.
Sessions are being provisionally scheduled for 40 minutes each: 20 minutes for the paper itself, 5 minutes for the discussant, a short response from the presenter, time for general questions from the floor.
ABSTRACTS OF THE PAPERS
Changing consumers: Changing food consumption patterns in Southern Italy in the mid-twentieth century
Italy's "economic miracle" is often perceived as a time of changes in living conditions as accelerating economic development led to more affluent lifestyles and this is thought to have been reflected in what people ate and how they thought about food. Recent research has confirmed that Italians did not automatically reach for new, unfamiliar foods, but that they often asserted their new economic well-being through the increased consumption of already familiar products. Using information drawn from interviews conducted with inhabitants of the Amalfi Coast area, this paper seeks to identify changing food consumption and identities during the post-World War Two period, by assessing how the purchase of food was directly influenced by the physical landscape and ways that new ideas and products were introduced and incorporated into people's lives.
An Introduction to Italian memorialistica of the Resistance
This paper presents a brief overview of Italian Resistance memorialistica* and the historical and cultural context in which it arose. I shall also pick out three specific texts which relate to directly to the Resistance: Banditi (1946) by Pietro Chiodi (1915 - 1970), Guerriglia nei Castelli Romani (1946) by Pino Levi Cavaglione (1911-1971), and Un uomo, un partigiano (1945) by Roberto Battaglia (1913-1963). Using these texts as examples, I hope to draw out some common threads and to demonstrate their value not only as historical documents, but as a literature in their own right. I hope to show that the memorialistica of the Resistance needs more research and assessment to determine its weight and importance in modern Italian literature.
Two key questions I would find it useful for the forum to consider at the end of the paper are:
1. Which areas of memorialistica might be especially interesting for the purposes of more detailed research? This can be taken from a literary, historical, psychological or other point of view.
2. In what ways could the Italian Resistance memorialistica be compared with resistance or war literature of other European countries during the period 1945-1950?
* Memorialistica is a term which can include diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, letters and so on.
Elements from English literature in Vallverdú's novels: a familiar exoticism
This paper is focussed on the Catalan author Josep Vallverdú and his connections with English literature. I particularly explore Vallverdú's three versions of classic English novels; my aim is to prove that introducing elements from this foreign literature in his novels cannot be seen as exotic because writing two sequels to Treasure Island and creating a version of Robinson Crusoe is a consequence of translating English books and because including foreign settings is a recurrent element in his fiction.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures
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