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Leggere senza libri

Monday 27 September, 5.30pm  
Leggere senza libri. Conoscere gli di letteratura italiana (Cesati Editore) by Michelangelo Zaccarello  
The author will discuss his latest book with Prof. Carlo Caruso, Dr. Ambra Moroncini, Dr. Olivia Santovetti  
Chaired by Katia Pizzi  
Followed by Q&A  

In Italian

In our everyday life we are extremely mindful of the quality of the products we consume, nevertheless if we decide to read an Italian literary work on our tablet, we do it without paying enough attention to the quality of what we download from the Internet. Paradoxically, we assume that whatever content we find is fine, without trying to find out more about how it has been uploaded there or how an e-book actually works. Starting in the 90s, there has been an ever-growing interest in the digitalization of literary works, especially if free from royalties, quickly progressing from the commerce of digital libraries on CD-ROM to online platforms that are apparently free to use. The success of these initiatives is based on the sheer number of literary works available rather than on their quality and reliability, which is negatively impacted by the hasty and careless low-cost way the works have been uploaded. Michelangelo Zaccarello’s book explores the mass digitalization process and its effect on the quality of the products, urging better awareness on the part of the end users.

Michelangelo Zaccarello is Professor of Italian Philology at the University of Pisa. He specializes in, and has widely published on, Renaissance studies, with particular attention to authors such as Burchiello, Luigi Pulci, Torquato Tasso. In recent years, his research and publications have also focussed on linguistic and philological issues relating to Dante’s Commedia and to other fourteenth-century texts, such as Boccaccio’s Decameron and Franco Sacchetti’s Trecento novelle. Among his latest monographs and edited volumes, Leggere senza libri. Conoscere gli di letteratura italiana (Cesati, 2020); Teorie e Forme del testo digitale (Carocci, 2019); L’edizione critica del testo letterario (Mondadori, 2017); Dante in Oxford: The Paget Toynbee Lectures 1995-2003 (Legenda, 2013); Alcune questioni di merito nella critica dei testi volgari (Fiorini, 2012); Language and Style in Dante (Four Courts Press, 2010).

Carlo Caruso is Professor of Italian Philology at the University of Siena and Honorary Professor at Durham University. He is the author of Adonis: The Myth of the Dying God in the Italian Renaissance (2013), the editor of The Life of Texts: Evidence in Textual Production, Transmission and Reception (2018), and the co-editor of Italy and the Classical Tradition: Language, Thought and Poetry 1300–1600 (2009), and La filologia in Italia nel Rinascimento (2018). He has published critical editions of Paolo Rolli, Libretti per musica (1993); Paolo Giovio, Ritratti (1999); and Diomede Borghese, Orazioni accademiche (2009). Between 2013 and 2016 he worked on the project ‘Italian Vernacular Classics and Textual Scholarship, 1270–1870,’ for which he had been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust.

Ambra Moroncini is Lecturer in Italian Studies in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities at the University of Sussex. She is the author of Michelangelo’s Poetry and Iconography in the Heart of the Reformation (2017), the co-editor, with Darrow Schecter and Fabio Vighi, of Resistance in Italian Culture from Dante to the 21st Century (2019), and the co-editor, with Stefano Jossa, of Satire, Paradox, and the Plurality of Discourses in Cinquecento Italy (2017). Her next book, Nudity and Folly in Italian Literature from Dante to Leopardi, co-edited with Simon Gilson, is forthcoming. Her current research project, ‘Visibili rifatti: Early Modern Voices in the Contemporary World’, explores the revolutionary implications of the humanist enterprise in today’s society, fostering reflections on the art of adaptation as interpretation and remediation.

Olivia Santovetti is Associate Professor in Italian at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Digression: A Narrative Strategy in the Italian Novel (2007) and the editor of Self- Reflection in Italian Literature (2015). She has also published on Elena Ferrante, Calvino, Gadda, Pirandello, De Roberto, Neera, Dossi, Tarchetti and on the reception of Laurence Sterne in Italy. Her current research investigates the representation of reading and readers in the nineteenth-century Italian novel. Her project, ‘The woman reader in Italian literature and visual arts in the fin de siècle period’, is funded by the British Academy.

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