SYNAPSIS: [6-13.09.2009]

Posted: 07.09.2009 in Събития


Bertinoro, 6/13 September 2009


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Executive Commitee


Silvia Albertazzi, Federico Bertoni, Roberto Bigazzi, Rosaria Carbotti,
Laura Caretti, Remo Ceserani, Orsetta Innocenti, Donata Meneghelli,
Simona Micali, Florian Mussgnug, Luca Raimondi


Lectures by


Silvia Albertazzi, Matteo Baraldi, Helena Buescu,
Remo Ceserani, Simona Corso, Massimo Fusillo,
Orsetta Innocenti, Anna Masecchia, Simona Micali,
Christopher Prendergast, Giorgio Pressburger, Victor Stoichita,
Emilio Varrà, Marina Warner, Paolo Zanotti

Seminars by

Ferdinando Amigoni, Federico Bertoni, Ian Christie, Marco Formisano,
Giulio Iacoli, Donata Meneghelli, Florian Mussgnug,
Helmut Pfeiffer, Gian Piero Piretto, Héliane Ventura

Theatre Workshop


Directed by Laura Caretti


Sunday 6th

Chair: Roberto Bigazzi
15.45 – Opening Remarks: Silvia Albertazzi, Federico Bertoni, Donata Meneghelli
16.15 –
Remo Ceserani, From Plato’s Cave to Heidegger’s Attempt at Jumping Over His Shadow
17.30 – Coffee Break
17.45 – Seminars presentation: Ferdinando Amigoni, Federico Bertoni, Ian Christie, Marco Formisano, Giulio Iacoli, Donata Meneghelli, Helmut Pfeiffer, Gian Piero Piretto, Heliane Ventura
Theatre Workshop presentation: Laura Caretti

Monday 7th

Chair: Laura Caretti
09.00 –
Helena Buescu, Civil War as Disease: Sophocles’ Ajax
10.45 – Coffee break
11.00 –
Victor Stoichita, Il Creatore e la sua ombra

15.00-17.00 – Seminars (Christie-Iacoli; Ventura; Bertoni-Meneghelli; Pfeiffer-Formisa
17.00 – Coffee break
17.15-19.15 – Seminars (Amigoni; Piretto; Mussgnug)

Film screening: Shadows (directed by John Cassavetes, 1959), with an intervention by Ian Christie

Tuesday 8th

Chair: Donata Meneghelli
09.00 – Christopher Prendergast,
Proust’s Shadows: Scepticism and Art
10.45 – Coffee break
11.00 – Giorgio Pressburger,
L’ombra di Jung-L’ombra di Freud

15.00-17.00 – Seminars (Amigoni; Piretto; Mussgnug)
17.00 – Coffee break
17.15-19.15 – Seminars (Christie-Iacoli; Ventura; Bertoni-Meneghelli; Pfeiffer-Formisano)

21.15: Film Screening:
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (directed by Lotte Reiniger, 1923-26)

Wednesday 9th

Chair: Silvia Albertazzi
09.00 – Massimo Fusillo,
Shadows and Doubles. Thematic Intersections between Film and Literature
10.45 – Coffee break
11.00 – Simona Corso,
Obedient Shadows. Black Servants and White Cannibals
11.45 – Simona Micali,
Reflections, Projections, Ghosts, and Other Disobedient Shadows

15.00-17.00 – Seminars (Christie-Iacoli; Ventura; Bertoni-Meneghelli; Pfeiffer-Formisano)
17.00 – Coffee break
17.15-19.15 – Seminars (Amigoni; Piretto; Mussgnug)

Chair: Simona Micali
21.00 – Anna Masecchia,
Tra ombre e riflessi: le realtà del cinema

Thursday 10th

09.00 – Silvia Albertazzi,
Before the Beginning and After the End. (Another) Report on the Shadow Industry
10.45 – Coffee break
11.00 – Marina Warner,
Silhouettes and Shadow Puppets: Active Imagination and Lotte Reiniger

15.00-17.00 – Seminars (Amigoni; Piretto; Mussgnug)
17.00 – Coffee break
17.15-19.15 – Seminars (Christie-Iacoli; Ventura; Bertoni-Meneghelli; Pfeiffer-Formisano)

Friday 11th

Chair: Remo Ceserani
09.30 – Matteo Baraldi, Orsetta Innocenti, Emilio Varrà, Paolo Zanotti,
Shadow Play. A Short History of the Shadow in Juvenile Literature
11.00 – Coffee break
11.30 – Projection of
Eddy (directed by Claudio Bozzatello) – with an intervention by Anna Masecchia

15.00-17.00 – Seminars (Christie-Iacoli; Ventura; Bertoni-Meneghelli; Pfeiffer-Formisano)
17.00 – Coffee break
17.15-19.15 – Seminars (Amigoni; Piretto; Mussgnug)

22.00 -Theatre

Saturday 12th
09.00 – Seminars: work on the research projects
11.00 – Coffee break

Chair: Federico Bertoni
15.00 – (Plenary session) Presentation of the research projects
17.00 – Coffee break
17.30 – Final Remarks: Silvia Albertazzi, Federico Bertoni, Donata Meneghelli

22.00 – Final party


Out of the Shadows: Cinema and „the Other“

Ian Christie, Birkbeck College, University of London
Giulio Iacoli, University of Parma


Teresa de Nitto took a Master Degree with honours in Foreign Languages and Literatures at University „L’Orientale“ of Naples in 2007. She wrote a thesis in English Literature on „The comic writing of Laurence Sterne“. Later she took a Master post-lauream of second level in Literary Translation at University of Cassino in 2008 and translated two collections of poems of Kamala Das. Then she took a Master post-lauream of second level in Teaching Italian Language and Culture to Foreign People at University of Tor Vergata (Rome) in 2009. Her current interests include cultural studies, postcolonial studies in a literary, philosophical, sociological and psycoanalitical perspective.

Paola Fallerini lives and works in Rome. She graduated at the Università „La Sapienza“ with a thesis in cinema history and criticism on the Italian experimental cinema of the ’60s and ’70s. She is a PhD student in „Generi Letterari“ („Literary Genres“) at the Università dell’Aquila. She is working on the cinematographic production of Theo Angelopoulos and Straub-Huillet, analysing the relation between estrangement and the reflection on history and myth in their films. She is also interested in Modern Greek Literature and Culture and its connection with Italian Literature. In June 2009, she took part in the first International Conference on Italian Studies „L’Italia vista dagli altri“ organized by the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a paper on the Italian education of the National Greek Poet Dionysios Solomòs.

Anna Franchin is 24 and in March 2009 she graduated at the University of Bologna in Classical Philology. Her research interests concern both Ancient Literature and Contemporary Cinema. In her final thesis (Laurea Specialistica) she applied the Greek concept of ‘aion’ to Wim Wenders’s works, as far as both content and forms of representation are concerned. At the moment she is working on the publication of an interview she was given by Wenders and on another excerpt from her dissertation. Her essay „Sguardi e silenzi. Il motivo del primo incontro nella letteratura antica come esperienza di comunicazione non-verbale“ is published in G. Brandi (edited by), Annali del Collegio Superiore. A.A. 2007-08.

Maria Kalinova was born on 11.06.1983, Sliven, Bulgaria. She graduated in 2006 Bulgarian Philology, Faculty of Slavic Philologies, Sofia University with a M.A. degree of Literary Theory with a thesis „Narrowed Publicity: Cryptographies in the Bulgarian Revival Correspondence“. She is a PhD student of Bulgarian Literature of the Revival Period at the same University . The topic of her dissertation is „Literary Publicity and the Construction of Figures of Morality“. Together with Kamelia Spassova she is working on a project „Doppelgangers as Uncanny Figures in Literature“ and they have some essays on that theme in important Bulgarian humanitarian magazines. She is a cofoundation member of an art-group „Ustata“ [‘The Mouth’] and published two books of poems „Okoto“ („The Eye“), 2004 and „Podnogieto na vecheriata“ („Under the Knife of Supper“), 2008. She is an editor of „Literaturen vestnik“ [„Literary Newspaper“] from the beginning of this year.

Diana Adela Martin is 24 years old and comes from Romania. She studied Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and has a direct interest in subjects pertaining to Philosophy of Language and Modern Philosophy. In October, she will begin an interdisciplinary program at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin, where she will focus on developing a research paper on the topic of figurative language and of the constraints it puts in the development of a theory of meaning. She writes short stories and has published in the public press theater chronicles and sport editorials. Other interests include avant-garde theater, Romanian surrealism, literary representations of the Holocaust and Samuel Beckett.

Sara Nocciolini is 28 years old and comes from Arezzo. She graduated in Literature and Spectacle at the University of Siena with a thesis on a comparison between Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Federico De Roberto’s L’illusione, that is a rewriting of Flaubert’s novel. She is now enrolled in the Ph.D program in „Comparatistica: Literature, Theatre and Cinema“ at the University of Siena, and her research is focused on Alexandre Dumas fils’ La Dame aux camellias, in particular on the rewriting of the novel into the drama made by the author.

Georgia Panteli: I am from Greece and I’m 28 years old. I studied English language and literature in the Universities of Athens and Copenhagen. After that I moved to Vienna, Austria for three years, where among others, I made my own short film (36 min) financed by the program ‘Future Capital’ of the European Union. This year I have been doing an MA in Comparative Literature at UCL and at the moment I am writing my dissertation on fantasy and fairytale, identity and desire in Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ and Robert Coover’s ‘Briar Rose’. I am playing the piano, singing in choirs and I’m always interested in different languages and cultures (at the moment I’m learning Arabic, I speak Greek, English and German fluently, French and Spanish quite well and understand Italian and Danish). I have published my poems in a Greek and an American anthology.

Marialaura Simeone was born in Benevento in 1982 and graduated in Naples, at the University of Naples „Federico II“ defending a thesis on philosophy and literature in Eugenio Montale. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in „Comparatistica: letteratura, teatro, cinema“ at the University of Siena-Arezzo and she is scientific collaborator of „Centro Nazionale Studi Pirandelliani“ (Agrigento). From two years she works as a journalist for newspapers and specialized magazines (Il Sannio quotidiano,, Quaderni di Cinema Sud) and she teaches literary subjects on secondary school.

Kamelia Spassova was born on 24.04.1982 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated a MA of Theory of Literature from Sofia University (2005-2006) with master thesis „The genre of tragedy: Muthos and Doppelgangers“. At present she is a PhD student in the Theory of Literature department where she is investigating her topic „Event and Example in the order of Discourses for Literature: The Problem of Exemplarity Work“ which deal with the tension between literary examples and exemplarity work in philosophical and theoretical researches. She is a founder-member of the art-group „Ustata“ [„The Mouth“], published the collection of lyrics „Parcel N: 17“ [„Plot N:17“]. From 2009 she is an editor of „Literaturen vestnik“ [„Literary Newspaper“]. In co-authorship with Maria Kalinova she published some texts on the topic „Doppelgangers as Uncanny Figures in Literature“.

Alessandra Tedesco is 24 years old and she comes from Sava, a little town near Taranto. She graduated in 2007 in Lingue e Letterature Straniere at the University of Bologna with a thesis on Philiph K. Dick, in which she analized the distopic theme in the book „A scanner darkly“. In 2009 she graduated in Comparative Literatures and post-colonial cultures with a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov titled „Il prisma della letteratura: l’opera di Nabokov tra finzione e realtà“, where she focused on the dicotomical relationship between reality and fiction. She is interested in the relationship between man, reality and novel, how the man conceives his own existence and the way he develops these reflexions in the literary text.

Brendan Wright: I am 21 and come from Gloucester. I have graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA English, writing a dissertation on Haruki Murakami in the light of Western literary theory. I am now studying part-time at University College London for a masters in Comparative Literature. My current interests lie in modern fiction, novels from the past ten or twenty years, and also film; this past term I have enjoyed researching and writing an essay on apocalyptic fiction and hope to continue with this theme for my dissertation next year.

Roberto Vezzani graduated in Film History and Criticism at the University of Bologna writing the thesis „Robert Aldrich and crime literature“. Now he attends the Ph.D course „Comparatistica: letteratura, teatro, cinema“ (Comparative studies: literature, theatre, cinema) at the University of Siena. His Ph.D thesis focuses on the multiple connections between the sensationalist melodrama and popular literature (specifically, dime novels) and the first years of American cinema.

Anna Giannetti is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. She has completed a Master of Arts degree in Italian with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies (2007) and two Bachelor of Arts degrees with majors in Art History, Humanities, and Italian (2004). Anna was also a participant in Synapsis 2006 (“Exile”) and Synapsis 2007 (“Scandal”). Her research interests are in Mediterranean studies (especially cultural exchanges between Italy and the Maghreb), postcolonial literature and film, migrant literature, literature of the “Seconde Generazioni”, autobiography and testimonial literature. Most recently she attended the Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) Fifth Biennial Conference: “L’Italia nella Grande Migrazione” (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, February 2009), where she presented a paper entitled: Identity, language, and paternal ties in the (post)colonial female subject: A study of Erminia Dell’Oro’s L’abbandono and Hélène Cixous’ autobiographical works. She also attended the American Association of Italian Studies (AAIS) Annual Conference (St. John’s University, Manhattan, New York City, May 2009) where she presented two papers: Testimony, identity and migration in the works of Erminia Dell’Oro and Politics and narrative strategies in Caparezza’s concept albums.


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