Lecture: MARIO CIMINI
Thu, November 4, 2010 • 5:00 PM • HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
MARIO CIMINI ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ITALIAN LITERATURE UNIVERSITY "G. D'ANNUNZIO" OF CHIETI - PESCARA-Gabriele D'Annunzio Between Italy and France
Gabriele D’Annunzio (1863-1938) was undoubtedly one of the most influential writ- ers of Italian literature between the nineteenth and the twentieth century. On the one hand, his writing was in tune with the European avant-garde, drawing themes and suggestions from contemporary French culture, while on the other hand he regarded France and Europe as the perfect platform to spread his work and his image. It is no coincidence that for the Euro- pean readers - from Hofmannsthal to Musil, from Mann to Brecht, from Henry James to DH Lawrence, from Joyce to Hemingway, from Barrès to Proust and Valéry - the Italian deca- dence came to coincide with dannunzianism. A key role in this process of internationalization
of D’Annunzio was played by his first French translator, Georges Hérelle, who not only translated early novels, short stories, plays, poems, but also promoted his myth and created around him a considerable network of intellectual relations and advertising. My talk explores the issue of relations between D’Annunzio and the French culture, as well as the problems related to the translation of his works.
Dr. Mario Cimini is Associate Professor in Italian Literature at the “Gabriele D’Annunzio” University, Chieti (Italy). His publications include six single-authored books, ten edited and co-authored volumes, over thirty articles featured in journals such as“Critica letteraria”,“Cultura e scuola”,“Otto/Novecento”, “L’Alighieri”,“Studi medievali e moderni”,“Italianistica”,“Rivista di letteratura italiana”. Among Dr. Cimini’s most recent publications on D’Annunzio are “Carteggio D’Annunzio-Hérelle (Carabba, 2004), which received the “Gabriele D’Annunzio” award for best essay by the “Centro Nazionale Studi Dannunziani,” and a critical edition of the diaries that D’Annunzio, Georges Hérelle, Guido Boggiani and Edoardo Scar- foglio kept during their 1895 trip in Greece.