Discussion/Book Presentation

External (Bard Berlin): Gragnolati, Fortuna, Scuriatti, Trabant

25 Mar 2014

A conversation between Manuele Gragnolati, Sara Fortuna, Laura Scuriatti and Jürgen Trabant on Dante's, Pier Paolo Pasolini's and Elsa Morante's works


How do desire, corporeality, and language intersect in Dante’s, Pasolini’s and Morante’s works? And what is the form that subjectivity takes in literary texts? Amor che move. Linguaggio del corpo e forma del desiderio in Dante, Pasolini e Morante, Manuele Gragnolati’s new book (il Saggiatore 2013), proposes a “diffractive reading” of these authors that not only sheds new light on the way in which the twentieth century continued to engage with Dante, but also enriches Dante’s oeuvre with new meanings. The author will discuss these questions with Sara Fortuna (Rome), Laura Scuriatti (Berlin) and Jürgen Trabant (Berlin).

Manuele Gragnolati is Associate Professor and Reader in Italian at The University of Oxford, as well as Fellow of Somerville College and Associate Director of the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry. He has published extensively on Dante and on medieval and twentieth-century literature and culture.

Sara Fortuna teaches Philosophy of Language and Sociolinguistics at the Università Guglielmo Marconi (Rome) and is associate member at the ICI Berlin. She has worked and published extensively on theories of physiognomics, perception, theories of origin and evolution of language in eighteenth century German philosophy, on Dante, Vico, Kant, Hegel, Wittgenstein, Morante, Pasolini, as well as on aesthetics, feminist theories, films.

Jürgen Trabant is a Professor emeritus of Romance Linguistics at the Freie Universität Berlin and a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is the author of  numerous books on literary semiotics, the history of European linguistic thought, the philosophy of language, historical anthropology and the relation language-image.

: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 19:30
Venue: Bard College Berlin Main Auditorium
Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin - Pankow (map here)
Admission free

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