Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Talk: FIGSO Speaker Series featuring Prof. Mary Ann Frese Witt

Fri, March 21, 2014 | MEZ 1.306

4:00 PM

The French and Italian Graduate Student Organization (FIGSO) is hosting a visiting speaker this Friday. Professor Mary Ann Frese Witt of North Carolina State University will be speaking about her research on Italian 20th century author and dramaturgist Luigi Pirandello. This talk will discuss the influence of Pirandello's work on other European theater, specifically French and Russian.

Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author was received as a revolutionary modernist work not in his own country, but in Paris. Yet its genesis was a personal one, having little to do with contemporary upheavals in the arts. The production staged by the Russian emigrés Georges and Ludmilla Pitoëff in 1923 revealed the play's innovations to Pirandello himself as well as to the astounded audience. Jean Anouilh later explained how the performance influenced his work. Most significantly, Pirandello and the Pitoëffs made possible the radical developments in the postwar French "new theater" of Ionesco, Genet, and Beckett.

Check out FIGSO's flyer for this talk here!

This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, the Program in Comparative Literature, the Center for European Studies, and the Harry Ransom Center.

Sponsored by: French and Italian Graduate Student Organization

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