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Luigi and Stefano Pirandello: a special relationship



Luigi and Stefano Pirandello: a special relationship

Lecture by Sarah Zappulla Muscarà and Enzo Zappulla

Introduced and chaired by Enza De Francisci

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Luigi Pirandello’s birth, Sarah Zappulla Muscarà and Enzo Zappulla will retrace, in a conversation moderated by Enza De Francisci, the main features of Pirandello’s oldest son Stefano, of whom they edited the collected works.
A little known figure until recently, Stefano Pirandello was not just his father’s closest assistant: as a talented writer, he took the hard decision to be a “posthumous” author in order not to be “crushed” by a so cumbersome family name. This fascinating, little known story allows to rediscover an artistically and ethically gifted writer, as well as to deepen the knowledge of a difficult, contradictory, sometimes elusive author such as Luigi Pirandello.

Sarah Zappulla Muscarà is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Catania. She is author of several essays about 19th and 20th century literature, drama and cinema, and has edited previously unpublished texts and correspondences. Among her publications: Tutto il Teatro in dialetto di L. Pirandello (Bompiani); L. Pirandello, Carteggi inediti (with Ojetti-Albertini-Orvieto-Novaro-De Gubernatis-De Filippo) (Bulzoni); Pirandello-Martoglio. Carteggio inedito (Cuecm). Her works are translated in major languages.

Enzo Zappulla is criminal defense lawyer. Together with the heirs of the major protagonists of Sicilian culture he founded the Istituto di Storia dello Spettacolo Siciliano, of which he is the President. At the University of Salamanca, he gave birth to the Foundation “Cattedra Sicilia” together with its President Vicente González Martín, the Ambassador of Italy in Spain, Sarah Zappulla Muscarà and the Association of Spanish Italianists.

Sarah Zappulla Muscarà and Enzo Zappulla edited Stefano Pirandello’s collected works: all his theatre plays and Timor Sacro (Bompiani), the correspondence between Luigi and Stefano Pirandello, Nel tempo della lontananza (Sciascia), I Pirandello. La famiglia e l’epoca per immagini (La nave di Teseo).

Enza De Francisci is lecturer at the Glasgow University and collaborates with the Leverhulme Research Network Re-imagining Italianità: Opera and Musical Culture in Transnational Perspective of the University College London. She published mainly in the field of theatre, performance and dialect literature in specialist magazines such as Italian Studies, The Italianist, Modern Language Review e Pirandello Studies, for which she curates the theatre reviews. Her most recent publications include the monograph A “New” Woman in Verga and Pirandello: From Page to Stage (forthcoming) and the co-edited volume Transnational Exchange between Shakespeare and Italy: From the Early Modern Period to the Present (Routledge).



Date: Friday, June 09, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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