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Two Sardinians in the World: Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci



Two Sardinians in the World: Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci

Two Sardinians in the World: Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci

A lecture by Prof. Sonita Sarker, introduced by Prof. Katia Pizzi and ICI Director Marco Delogu.

In 1926, Grazia Deledda won the Nobel Prize in Literature and Antonio Gramsci, the leader of the Italian Communist Party, was jailed after his Party was outlawed. Rome, Mussolini, and the Fascist regime are the common elements in both these events. The talk will not address how the regime shaped Deledda and Gramsci but rather focus on how Sardinia, in Deledda’s and Gramsci’s writings, shapes our understanding of Italy, and why those perspectives matter today.

When we see representations of this island by visitors and observers in direct encounter with depictions by natives such as Deledda and Gramsci, what do we realize about the significance of Sardinia in the 21st century? 2016 was the 90th year of Deledda’s Nobel Prize and 2017 is the 80th year of Gramsci’s death — this talk commemorates those events of the past and also celebrates their relevance for us in the present.

Welcome drinks and reception with Sardinian nibbles and products will be offered. 


Sonita Sarker is the first holder of the Luisa Selis Fellowship and this lecture showcases two unique features: one is the much-needed attention to Sardinia in the panorama of Italian politics and culture, and the other is the juxtaposition of Grazia Deledda and Antonio Gramsci.

Prof. Sarker teaches contemporary literature and culture in the departments of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has published two books on globalization and feminisms, and essays on Virginia Woolf and Antonio Gramsci, among others, and has presented widely on English and Italian Modernism (the early 20th century period) at conferences and invited lectures. She is currently planning a volume on Antonio Gramsci and Feminisms as well as writing a book on Grazia Deledda in relation to her contemporaries from England, Argentina, India, and the United States. 

Funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna in memory of anthropologist Luisa Selis, who specialised in the cultural memory of Sardinia, this Luisa Selis Fellowship enables researchers in this field (ethnography, anthropology and/or literature for example) to conduct research at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory at the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Italian Cultural Institute - London.


Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


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