John Welle – The Set with the Diva: Pirandello and the Film Novel

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

6:30 p.m. Room C 201

The Doctoral Specialization in Italian and the Ph.D. Program in Comparative Literature Graduate Center

City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue

Lecture by John Welle


This lecture compares Luigi Pirandello’s novel on the alienation of a film cameraman, Si gira! (1915) with other contemporary Italian novels set in the world of early cinema. Read together, these “popular” or “mid-cult” film novels, Ettore Veo’s Fantasio Film (1917-18), and Enrico Roma’s La repubblica del silenzio (1918) shed light on Pirandello’s more philosophical narrative and on the cultural reception of cinema in Italy during the critical years surrounding WWI.

John Welle is professor of modern Italian literature, history of Italian cinema, and translation studies. He is the author of The Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto (1987) and the editor and translator (with Ruth Feldman) of Peasants Wake for Fellini’s Casanova and Other Poems by Andrea Zanzotto (1997).

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

6:00 p.m.

Italian Cultural Institute

686 Park Avenue New York, NY

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