This seminar series developed from the previous activities of the Reading Group on Contemporary Italian Poetry, which was supported by The Queen’s College and the University's Sub-Faculty of Italian. The Reading Group formed a well-established audience both within and outside of Oxford. Given the collaborations that the have developed over the years and the increasing interest among scholars working on contemporary Italian poetry, we decided to support this research hub by creating Italian Poetry Today (IPT), which will continue to host a variety of events. In continuation with our 2019-20 programme, IPT aims to discuss, appreciate, and problematise issues of contemporary Italian poetry, in continuous dialogue with living poets, writers, translators, and scholars.
Everyone is welcome to attend the seminars. Poems are read in Italian with an English translation available for non-Italian speakers. If you would like to propose an author for an event, please contact Dr Adele Bardazzi at email@example.com.
You can find more information about IPT on the Italian Poetry Today Facebook page.
Michaelmas Term 2020
Wednesday 14 October, 5:30pm
Francesca Santucci: Poetry Reading
Respondent: Olmo Calzolari (Keble College)
Wednesday 4 November, 5:30pm
Emanuele Zoppellari Perale (University of Turin), ‘An cor che l’è bocia ancora’: Giovinezza e morte nella poesia in dialetto di Giano Perale.
Respondent: Professor Rodolfo Zucco (University of Udine)
Wednesday 11 November, 5:30pm
Stefano Dal Bianco: Poetry Reading
Respondent: Dr Adele Bardazzi (The Queen's College)
Wednesday 2 December, 5:30pm
Dr Adele Bardazzi is an Extraordinary Junior Research Fellow at The Queen's College and Admissions Officer at Merton College. Prior to this, she was Laming Junior Fellow at The Queen's College, Stipendiary Lecturer at Christ Church and Lector in Italian at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry, with a series of cross-disciplinary, comparative, and gender-orientated foci. In particular, her scholarship focuses on lyric poetry (with an emphasis on elegy), discourses of mourning and loss, and the cross-fertilisation between the verbal and the visual. She is co-founder of Italian Poetry Today and the Gender and Authority Network, which was funded by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.
Roberto Binetti is a DPhil student in Medieval and Modern Languages (Italian), Graduate Development Scholar and Tutor in Italian at St Anne’s College. His doctoral project, titled ‘Voices from a Minor Literature’, focuses on Italian women’s poetry in the 1970s and aims to reassess this literary phenomenon in the light of its stylistic originality and problematic relationship with contemporary history. His research interests include modern and contemporary poetry, literary theory, cultural history, and reception studies.
Olmo Calzolari is a DPhil student of Italian. His thesis explores Leopardi’s and Svevo’s works from the perspective of the medical humanities, taking into consideration interdisciplinary themes such as ineptitude, life prolongation, and the apocalypse. His research interests include modern Italian literature, the history of medicine, and contemporary poetry. He coordinates, together with Professor Emanuela Tandello, the research centre Leopardi Studies at Oxford (founded in 2018), organising events and running the Leopardi reading group.