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Giorgio Bassani: scrivere "di là dal cuore" (Giorgio Bassani: writing "beyond the heart")



Giorgio Bassani: scrivere

Conference by Professor Anna Dolfi (Università degli Studi di Firenze)


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Giorgio Bassani, the Istitutdolfi at usydo Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present a conference held by Anna Dolfi, an expert on the writer and poet from Ferrara. Anna Dolfi has worked extensively on melancholy writings, on Bassanian literary journeys taking place "after the death of the ego“ and that qualify as "beyond the heart“, guided, in other words, by the necessity of a witness, by a "song in death“ that, both in narrative as in poetry, reaches the boundaries of the unspeakable. If this journey becomes evident right from the novels of the Cinque storie ferraresi, it is with the Ochhiali d’oro and with the Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini, that the process of conciliation initiates. This development, by way of the Airone, will lead the writer/poet to narrative silence and a new poetic diction (otherwise narrative) through which he will become guide and last witness of a world that has disappeared.

Giorgio Bassani was born in Bologna on the 4th of March 1916 from an upper middle-class Jewish family, but spent his childhood and adolescence in Ferrara. In 1943 he moved to Rome where he lived for the rest of his life. It was only after 1945 that he dedicated himself completely to literature, working both as a writer (poetry, narrative and non-fiction), and as editorial assistant. He was actively involved in the Roman cultural scene collaborating with a number of literary journals, amongst which “Botteghe Oscure”. After a few collections of verse and the publication of the Cinque storie ferraresi in 1956, Bassani achieved enormous success with the novel The Garden of the Finzi-Continis in 1962. In 1970 film director Vittorio De Sica turned the novel into a film which received an Oscar as Best Foreign Film in 1972.

Anna Dolfi is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature at the Florence University, she is member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, and is member of the National Celebrations Committee of the Centenary of Giorgio Bassani’s Birth. Anna Dolfi is a scholar on Leopardi and on 20th century narrative and poetry. Worth mention are her works: Ragione e passione. Fondamenti e forme del pensare leopardiano, 2000; Leopardi e il Novecento: sul leopardismo dei poeti, 2009, and her studies on third generation writers and critics. She has conceived and curated comparative studies dedicated to the “Forms of subjectivity”, on the issues of personal diary (the journal intime), of epistolary writing, of melancholy and melancholic disorder, of neurosis and madness, of otherness and duplicity in modern literature. In relation to this she has dedicated recent collections to non-fiction writers, to philosophical meditations in narrative, to the unfinished, to Proustian myth, to real and imaginary libraries, and to the relationship between literature and photography. After the book (Le forme del sentimento. Prosa e poesia in Giorgio Bassani. Padova, Liviana, 1981), Prof. Dolfi dedicated to Bassani a book that treats his entire work in the light of melancholy, (Giorgio Bassani. Una scrittura della malinconia, Roma, Bulzoni, 2003), and numerous essays published in Italy and abroad. She has curated the commented edition of L’Airone (Madrid, Catedra, 1995) and a miscellaneous volume (Ritorno al “Giardino”. Una giornata per Giorgio Bassani, Roma, Bulzoni, 2006). Professor Dolfi is now working on her new book, Dopo la morte dell’io. Percorsi bassaniani "di là dal cuore" for the Firenze University Press.



Location: University of Sydney, School of Languages and Culture,

Common Room, Brennan MacCallum Building, A18

Free entry - No bookings required



Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Time: From 4:15 pm To 5:30 pm

Organized by : IIC Sydney

In collaboration with : University of Sydney

Entrance : Free


University of Sydney, School of Languages & Cultur