Il fu Mattia Pascal: Celebrating a Century – Conference 25 October 2004


Greetings: Letizia LaRosa, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

Reading: Il fu Mattia Pascal: Forwards I and II

Introductions: Mimi Gisolfi D’Aponte

Co-President The Pirandello Society of America

Part I

Il fu Mattia Pascal— Highlights from PSA XVII (2004)

and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Rose Fichera McAloon

Vice-President The Pirandello Society of America

Panelists: Daniela Bini, Umberto Mariani, Carmela Scala

Part II

Il fu Mattia Pascal–Selections from the novel

1. The situation

2. Suicide?

3. Mattia/Adriano in Rome

4. The ‘late’ Mattia returns

Readers: Daniela Bini, John Martello, Giuseppe Solinas,

Kathryn Wylie-Marques

Part III

Il fu Mattia Pascal–Cinematic adaptation


Closing remarks: Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni

Co-President The Pirandello Society of America

Exhibit and Reception


Daniela Bini is professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, and chair of the French and Italian Department at the University of Texas, Austin.

Her publications include several books: A Fragrance from the Desert: Poetry and Philosophy in Giacomo Leopardi; Carlo Michelastedter and the Failure of Language; Pirandello and His Muse: The Plays for Marta Abba; a translation and introduction of a selection from Leopardi’s Zibaldone, with Martha King; the textbook Italiano in diretta with Antonella Pease, and numerous articles.  She was president of the American Association for Italian Studies from 2000-2003, and serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals.

Umberto Mariani is professor emeritus of Italian at Rutgers University.  His area of specialization has been 19th and 20th century Italian literature.

Author of numerous works on Pirandello and other writers, his latest book on Pirandello is a study of the major plays, La Creazione del Vero: Il maggior teatro di Pirandello (Fiesole: Cadmo, 2001).  Professor Mariani has been editing journals in Italian studies including Italian Quarterly and NEMLA Italian Studies.

John Martello received the Pirandello Society’s Pirandello Medallion in 2001.  An actor, producer, and director, he wrote and performed “Damon Runyon’s Tales of Broadway.” which ran Off-Broadway for three and a half months.  John currently serves as Executive Director of the legendary theatrical club, The Players. He is in the process of producing a documentary on Luigi Pirandello for PBS as well as a short film version of “The Man with the Flower in His Mouth.”

Rose Fichera McAloon is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and is affiliated with the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies.

Her doctoral dissertation (Italian Literature, Columbia University) was entitled “Preoedipal Conflicts in the Life and Work of Luigi Pirandello.”

Carmela Scala teaches at Hunter College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the program in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

She holds BA degrees in both Psychology and in Modern Languages and an MA in Italian. Her research focuses on a psychological approach to the modern novel, and she is currently teaching a course on Italian short stories on the various ways writers treat life’s moments of suffering, accidental occurrences and disillusions, and how they are able to ” sublimate” their anguish through their writings.

Giuseppe Solinas has studied acting and directing in Italy, France, Poland, U.K. and India. He has acted in theatre and film and directed plays based on Pinter, Beckett, Checov, Shakespeare and Buchner. Last spring he was assistant director/dramaturg in Pirandello’s Tonight We Improvise, Jane House Productions. He holds an Italian Laurea, an MA in Theatre, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Kathryn Wylie-Marques is an Associate Professor of Speech, Theatre, and Media Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition to being a regular contributor  to the PSA journal and Pirandello panels at the Modern Language Association Conventions, she is the author of a book and articles on mime, actor training, and the Japanese noh.

Read the novel in the original Italian or in its 1923 translation by Arthur Livingston [1883-1944] in online versions.

Il fu Mattia Pascal

The Late Mattia Pascal

We are grateful to the following for their support:

Jason Belland; Sandra Roff, Baruch College, CUNY

Biblioteca-Museo Luigi Pirandello

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

Enrico, Alexander & Christopher Bazzoni

John D’Aponte

Eurama Imports

Istituto di Studi Pirandelliani

Italian Culinary Institute for Foreign Professionals (ICIF)

Alessandro Tinterri, Museo dell’Attore, Genoa

Luana Nisi, Teatro Eliseo, Rome

Il fu Mattia Pascal: Celebrating a Century– Exhibit*

Photographic reproductions of archive materials from the Biblioteca-Museo Luigi Pirandello (BMLP, Library- Museum Luigi Pirandello, Agrigento, Sicily.)

are exhibited by permission of the Assessorato Regionale BB.CC.AA. and P.I. of the Sicilian Region. We are grateful to Dott. Arch. Vincenzo Caruso, Director

and Dott.ssa Filomena Capobianco, Project Manager of the Library-Museum Luigi Pirandello, and the BMLP staff for their courteous reception in Agrigento

and subsequent collaboration in selecting and transmitting items for the current exhibit.

Photographs of archival materials contributed by the Istituto di Studi Pirandelliani (ISP, Institute for Pirandello Studies, Rome) were first displayed at a centennial exhibit

Il fu Mattia Pascal “I cento anni de Il fu Mattia Pascal,” June 16—July 8, 2004 at Rome’s Casa della Letteratura, curated by Alfredo Barbina, Director of the Institute.

We are grateful to Casa della Letteratura staff and ISP President, Alessandro d’Amico for their cordial reception in Rome and for permissions granted; and to Dott.ssa.Dina Saponaro and Dott.ssa Lucia Torsello for their dedicated collaboration in selecting and transmitting items for the current exhibit.

Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni, Exhibit Curator

*This work was supported in part by a grant from the City University of New York PSC-CUNY Research Award Program.

Casa Italiana NYC

Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò

New York University

24 West 12th Street

New York, NY 10011

October 25, 2004

6:00 pm


October 22-October 30, 2004*

Currently on display at Baruch College’s  William and Anita Newman Library