Claudio Pavone: subject of the forthcoming relaunched ISLG Annual Lecture

It is with great pleasure that the Italian Studies Library Group has announced that it will resume its series of annual lectures with a lecture at the Italian Cultural Institute on 10 March. The subject will be Claudio Pavone (1920-2016), an influential historian of the Italian Resistance. It was Pavone’s seminal study Una guerra civile, published by Bollati Boringhieri in 1991 (539:1.c.737.41), that changed the way Italian historians saw the Resistance against Fascism between 1943 and 1945. Until his work appeared, referring to the Resistance struggle in northern Italy as a ‘civil war’ was, if anything, seen as a sign of far-right sympathies and nostalgia for the days of Mussolini. In some ways, also, that interpretation of the struggle was an unwelcome reminder of the level of support Fascism had enjoyed among Italians. Continue reading

Italian literary prizewinners 2021

It is autumn and time to take stock of the major literary prizes awarded in Italy this past year.

The Strega prize for 2021 was awarded to Emanuele Trevi for his novel Due vite (held in the UL, C206.d.4499).

The Bancarella prize was awarded to Ema Stokholma for her autobiographical novel Per il mio bene (held in the UL, C206.d.7547).

The Campiello prize was awarded to Giulio Caminito for his novel L’acqua del lago non è mai dolce (held in the UL, C206.d.7514).

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Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies

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New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies

Now available to the University of  Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2012) to present.

From the Ingenta Connect website for the journal:

The Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies (JICMS) is a fully peer reviewed English language journal, which explores Italian cinema and media as sites of crossing, allowing critical discussion of the work of filmmakers, artists in the film industry and media professionals. The journal intends to revive a critical discussion on the auteurs, celebrate new directors and accented cinema, and examine Italy as a geo-cultural locus for contemporary debate on translocal cinema.”

Access Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies via the Journal Search or from the iDiscover record.

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Revisiting Rosmini

Portrait of Rosmini by Francesco Hayez, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano (Paolobon140 via Wikimedia Commons)

Receiving and cataloguing a couple of new volumes of a set that had begun over half a century ago, I decided to look again at the way the set had been catalogued. The Opere edite e inedite di Antonio Rosmini (Rome-Stresa: Città Nuova Editrice, 1966–) had been placed together on the open shelves, but, as was often the case before the era of online cataloguing, with only a single record for the entire set, leaving readers to find anything they wanted by browsing the actual volumes. Realising that we were one of the few libraries in this country to be taking the complete set, and seeing how vast it is becoming (now projected to be complete in 80 volumes), I thought it was time to grapple with the task of recataloguing all the individual volumes received so far. As a result these works are now far more accessible to the reader, with a record in iDiscover for each volume. They stand on South Wing 4, at 184.c.97.1383-. Continue reading

Covid-19 in literature

Published in May 2020

Telling stories has long been a way for humans to make sense of life’s many events. Little more than a year has passed since the beginning of the first UK lockdown, and we already know that huge amounts have been published about the current pandemic, chiefly online and prominently in the sciences and social sciences. In this blog post we present some of the stories authors are telling about and around COVID-19. 

In her book Viral Modernism: the Influenza Pandemic and interwar literature, Elizabeth Outka reveals that, even if the 1918-1919 pandemic ‘faded from historical and cultural memory […], [and was] overshadowed by World War One and the turmoil of the interwar period’, it in fact ‘shaped canonical works of fiction and poetry’, to the extent of framing modernism with its ‘hidden but widespread presence’. 

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