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Swaying Passions, Shaping Identities: The Book as Metaphor in Italian Literature (NeMLA)

Boston
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Postcolonial, Comparative, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Adventure & Travel Writing, Comics & Graphic Novels, Narratology, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Food Studies, History, Mediterranean
Event Date: 2020-03-05 to 2020-03-08 Abstract Due: 2019-09-30 Abstract Deadline has passed

As sources of untamable passions, books may drive people from virtue to abomination. Bibliophilia may develop into the most horrific or the most pleasurable disease. For bibliophiles, books not only seize their whole existence, but they often substitute it. Therefore, books sway between pleasure and pain and, in doing so, shape our identities as readers, writers, scholars, and editors.From Italo Svevo and Luigi Pirandello to Umberto Eco and Francesco Recami, several authors in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian literature have explored the untamable passions stirred by books and the identities of those people whose fate was somehow connected to these as fluid and indefinable as enduring artifacts.

This panel wants to explore books as metaphors in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Italian literature. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Bibliophilia.

- Bibliophobia.

- Autoreferential literature.

- Libraries.

- Books’cultures, structures, and productions.

- The book arts.

- Books’ social, financial, and technological aspects.

- Books’ uses and forms.

Please, submit a 250-word abstract through this link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/User/SubmitAbstract/18283 

norman.rusin@salve.edu

Norman Rusin