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English Words - Italian Worlds



English Words - Italian Worlds

William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and E. M. Forster are three major English writers whose idea of Italy helps shape their own fictional worlds. Shakespeare’s Italian settings are misleading portrayals of a country of the imagination; Dickens’s travel diaries show the prejudice and fascination of an Englishman abroad; Forster’s Italian novels are a captivating lens through which we observe the English.

The Italian Cultural Institute hosts a talk with Marco Liviero about the literary perception of Italy in three of the most representative English writers, gathering their differences and common points, as well as significant changes of perspective throughout time.

Marco Liviero is a native of Padua where he graduated in 1994 in English Literature. He gained a PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of Birmingham in 1997 with a thesis on the relationship between Elizabethan performers and the Commedia dell’Arte. He has taught English at Cheltenham College, The King’s School Canterbury and at Eton College where he is also a House Master. He has acted in and directed over fifty plays and he frequently lectures in Italy, the U.S.A., Asia and Australia. He has published a variety of academic articles on the topics of Anglo-Irish Drama, Italian Literature, Shakespearean Comedies as well as several translations. Recently he has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Manhattanville College in New York.



Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


ICI London