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New reading group on contemporary Italian poetry

5 March 2020

A new College-funded reading group has been established to focus on contemporary Italian poetry with the aim of discussing how tradition and its (mis-)management plays a fundamental role in the work of contemporary Italian poets. Do they imitate canonized authors or, acting as iconoclasts, do they oppose the literary canon? Contemporary poets are always in dialogue with different traditions: the classical and the modern, as well as the national and the transnational.

During Hilary Term 2020 events included ‘Seeing Rhymes’ with Professor Nicola Gardini during which he discussed the relationship between rhyme and vision. He presented his latest collections of poetry (Il tempo è mezza mezza, 2018, and Istruzioni per dipingere, 2018) to help explore this theme. Professor Gardini dealt with issues such as attention, image-making, and painting as writing (and vice versa).

Other events included Roberto Binetti on ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Patrizia Cavalli’s Poetry’ and Alberto Corrado on ‘Fossil Classicism: Reinterpreting Giacomo Zanella’s Poetry’. The next events will be on Mariangela Gualtieri, whose works will be introduced by Professor Emanuela Tandello, and on Antonella Anedda, whose poetry will be discussed by Adele Bardazzi.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reading group. 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 Adele Bardazzi at

More information about forthcoming events can be found on the reading group Facebook page

Dr Adele Bardazzi (The Queen's College) 
Roberto Binetti (St Anne's College)
Olmo Calzolari (Keble College)


New reading group on contemporary Italian poetry