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La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3



La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3

10 talks on the Italian language

“The most beautiful in the world” is supposed to be a supermodel and yet in Italy the expression is more often than not used to define Italian language. Is Italian truly the most beautiful language in the world? It is commonplace, due to either italophilia or nationalism, but is it only this?

A series led by Dr Stefano Jossa, author of La più bella del mondo. Perché amare la lingua italiana (Einaudi) and Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway University of London, will explore the relationships between Italian and other languages, the Italian words that have become key to interpret our contemporary world, the various languages of arts, music, technology, economy and politics.

Tuesday 12 March, 7pm

La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3


Madre lingua? Women and the History of the Italian Language

Dr Stefano Jossa and Dr Helena Sanson in conversation

Event in English

For centuries, Italian was above all a written rather than a spoken language, a language to be learnt through books and assiduous study. It was not a language that mothers taught their children to speak: it was not a mother tongue. So which role did women have in the history of the Italian language and its codification across the centuries? Dr. Helena Sanson will trace for us the rich, fascinating and often little-known history of the relationship between women and language in the Italian tradition.

Helena Sanson is Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge. Her research brings together the history of linguistic thought and the history of women in Italy between the Renaissance and the post-Unification period. Another field of interest is conduct literature for and about women. Among her publications are Donne, precettistica e lingua nell’Italia del Cinquecento (Accademia della Crusca, 2007), Women, Language and Grammar in Italy, 1500-1900 (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2011) and more recently she published the modern edition of a very rare work of conduct written by a woman, Isabella Sori’s Ammaestramenti e ricordi (Cambridge: MHRA, 2018). Helena Sanson is the editor-in-chief of the series Women and Gender in Italy 1500-1900 (Classiques Garnier, Paris), and of the new peer-reviewed journal Women Language Literature in Italy (January 2019-).


Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute