Savinio’s Laboratory: A Journey with Paola Italia


April 27, 2018

As part of the ALBERTO SAVINIO STUDY DAYS, CIMA is pleased to welcome Savinio expert Paola Italia from Rome to present her keynote from 6pm – 7:30pm:

A “creative power-station”: A journey into Savinio’s laboratory through manuscripts, papers, and drafts

Wanderer of the imagination, alchemist of the word, unable to give expression to his extraordinary creativity through one single art, Alberto Savinio left in his papers a precious testimony to his phenomenal intellect. On the centennial of Hermaphrodito (Florence, 1918), Paola Italia takes CIMA’s audience on an exclusive journey into Savinio’s creative process: she will open the doors of the writer’s archive, preserved in Historical Contemporary Archive “A. Bonsanti” at the Vieusseux Archive in Florence, and share excerpts from his manuscripts, papers, and book drafts, providing insight into not only Savinio’s working methods but also the secrets of his creativity.

Paola Italia is Associate Professor of Italian Literature and Philology at the University of Bologna. Her research is devoted to 19th– and 20th-century Italian literature language and philology, including modern authors methods of writing and editing. Italia earned her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Pisa with her dissertation on Alberto Savinio’s early works (Il Pellegrino appassionato), and has expanded scholarship on the author through subsequent publications. Celebrated for her texts on writers including Leopardi, Manzoni, Bassani, Gadda, Manganelli, Italia has also been recognized for her teaching at the Universities of Magonza, Siena and Rome La Sapienza.

Program schedule:

The event will be preceded by a prosecco aperitivo at 5:30pm. Presentation begins at 6pm, followed by a Q&A.

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