Monday, June 25, 2012

The Center for Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites submissions for papers to be read at the interdisciplinary international conference


22-23 MARCH 2013

The conference, held at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore how monks, priests, and nuns dwell in literary texts and the visual arts quite comfortably, from Saint Anthony's life to Boccaccio's Decameron, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to Diderot's La religieuse, from Giotto's frescoes to Salvator Dali's surrealistic visions. What is their destiny in our desacralized age? Are they the new wanderers, do they live as foreigners in a world of people who no longer not recognize them? From Lewis to Manzoni, from Bernanos to Chesterton, from Fogazzaro to Parise, priests, monks and nuns still inhabit our literature, art, cinema, as a sort of uncanny presence.

The keynote speaker will be Victoria Kirkham  Plenary speakers will include Armando Maggi, Millicent Marcus, Giuseppe Mazzotta, Roland Martinez, Christine Poggi, Janet Smarr, David Wallace, Elissa Weaver, Rebecca West, and others.

Please send a 250 words proposal and a brief vita (no cv) to by Nov.  15.

Marina Della Putta Johnston, PhD
Assistant Director, Center for Italian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
549 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel. 215 898 6040


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David J. Wallace
Judith Rodin Professor
University of Pennsylvania 

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