The Novels of Umberto Eco as Historiographic Metafiction — Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts Colloquium 2013

April 2, 2013

Introductory Remarks (podcast – part1) (podcast – part2)

  • Cristina Santos, SCLA Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities

Umberto Eco’s Semiotic Imagination and the Writing of the Historical Novel (podcast)
Norma Bouchard is associate professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. Among her most recent booklength publications are: Risorgimento in Modern Italian Culture: Revisiting the 19th century Past in History, Narrative, and Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005), Reading and Writing the Mediterranean: Essays by Consolo (Toronto UP, 2006), Italian Cultural Studies: Negotiating Regional, National and Global Identities, Annali d’Italianistica 24 (2006), Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean (Fordham UP, 2011, Race and Ethnic Studies series) as well as critical essays and translations. She is Vice-President-elect of the American Association of Italian Studies and has served as associate editor of Italica. She is currently book review editor for Italian Culture and associate editor of Annali d’Italianistica.

Revisiting History: Conspiracies in Eco’s The Prague Cemetery (podcast)
Rocco Capozzi is professor emeritus of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto where he teaches contemporary Italian novel and modern literary theories. He is author of Carlo Bernari: Tra fantasia e realtà (1984), Scrittori e industria culturale (1992) and Commento, interpretazione e intertestualità ne Il Nome della Rosa di Eco (2001). He has edited Homage to Moravia (1993) and Reading Eco: an Anthology (1997), Italo Calvino: Lightness and Multiplicity (2007), and co-edited, with Massimo Ciavolella, Scrittori, tendenze letterarie e conflitto delle poetiche in Italia 1960-1990 and, with Maria Calvo Montomero, Borges Y Eco (1999). He has also co-edited Eco e Calvino. Due autori a confronto to appear in spring 2013. He is the author of several articles on Bernari, Berto, Ottieri, Volponi, Gramigna, Eco, Morante, Malerba, Nori, Calvino, Covito and Tabucchi.

Between Story and History: Umberto Eco in Text and Context (podcast)
Jonathan Hart teaches at the University of Alberta and is the author of 15 academic books on theory, history, literature and criticism and five books of poetry. His work has been translated into Estonian, Slovenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish and other languages. He has been Northrop Frye professor at the University of Toronto and has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Cambridge, Princeton, the Sorbonne Nouvelle and elsewhere.

Looking Back: Umberto Eco and Narrative Memory (podcast)
Annarita Primier teaches English and French at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. She has a background in languages and literature, having completed an MA at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is completing work on her PhD thesis on “The Concept of a Self-Reflexive Intertextuality in the Works of Umberto Eco.” Primier also has a background in editing, having founded Transverse: a Comparative Studies Journal, where she served as chief editor and designer. She has contributed her time as Vice-President and social representative of the Comparative Literature Student Union, and has developed chaired and lectured at various conferences.

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