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.
La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #1
The language of love
It is alleged that Emperor Charles V used to say that he spoke only Italian with women, while four centuries later the German writer Thomas Mann suggested that the angels in heaven spoke Italian. In his introductory lecture, Dr Stefano Jossa will explore the stereotype of Italian as “the most beautiful language in the world”, focusing on the relationship between language and beauty as discussed in contemporary Italian media and public debate.