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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about IPT on the Italian Poetry Today Facebook page.
Hilary Term 2021
All the events will be held online on Wednesday at 5:30 pm (GMT, London Time).
Wednesday 20 January, 5:30pm
'Giardino e bosco coincidono', a poetry reading by Laura Pugno. Laura Pugno will be joined in conversation by Roberto Binetti (St Anne's College, University of Oxford).
Wednesday 3 February, 5:30pm
'La favola delle pupille, un incontro una lettura' by Tommaso Di Dio. Tommaso Di Dio will be joined in conversation by Dr Carmen Gallo (La Sapienza University of Rome).
Wednesday 17 February, 5:30pm
'Casella mio, per tornar altra volta / là dov'io son, fo io questo viaggio', a poetry reading by Giulia Martini. Giulia Martini will be joined in conversation by Prof. Niccolò Scaffai (University of Siena).
Wednesday 3 March, 5:30pm
'What I am is a window', a poetry reading by Franca Mancinelli. Franca Mancinelli will be joined in conversation by the writer and translator John Taylor.
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.