The Director of the Italian Cultural Institute
in collaboration with The Poetry Foundation
is pleased to invite you to a presentation of
Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli
The University of Chicago Press, 2012
with the editor of the book, Jennifer Scappettone, and Antonio Riccardi
Thursday, March 22nd
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Amelia Rosselli (1930–96) was one of the most important poets to emerge from Europe in the aftermath of World War II. As the daughter of the Jewish socialist Carlo Rosselli, she spent her childhood and adolescence in exile from Fascist Italy between France, England, and the United States.
In a period dominated by the confessional mode, Rosselli aspired to compose stanzas characterized by a new objectivity and collective orientation, “where the I is the public, where the I is things, where the I is the things that happen.” Through her trilingual body of work, she expresses the hopes and devastations of the postwar era, synthesizing a hybrid literary heritage stretching from Dante and the troubadours through Ezra Pound and John Berryman, in which playful inventions across Italian, English, and French coexist with unadorned social critique.
Published by The University of Chicago Press, 2012, this collection, which is the first to bring together a generous selection of Rosselli's poems and prose in English and in translation, has been edited and translated by Jennifer Scappettone, who as Lawrence Venuti (Temple University) states, has accomplished “a work of cultural restoration that helps to create a broader context in which the anglophone reader can more fully appreciate Italian poetic traditions (…), producing effects at once stunning and uncanny in recreating the Italian.”
About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, Jennifer Scappettone was born in New York and, in 2005, received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her poetry has appeared in a range of anthologies, and her poetry collections include the chapbooks Err-Residence (2007), Beauty (Is the New Absurdity) (2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (2008), translated into Italian with Marco Giovenale, as well as the book-length From Dame Quickly (2009). As a guest editor, she featured Italian poetry in the journal Aufgabe in 2008.
Managing Editor of Mondadori Libri, one of the most important Italian publishing houses, Antonio Riccardi is also a poet, writer and intellectual. Born in Parma in 1962, he graduated from the University of Pavia. He directs and writes for several magazines and newspapers, and with Maurizio Cucchi ,he edits the Almanacco dello specchio, an annual collection of contemporary poetries. He also edited the volume of essays Per la poesia tra novecento e nuovo Millennio, about poetry in the twentieth century, as well as Giordano Bruno’s Il Candelaio and La Cena delle Ceneri. Antonio Riccardi has lectured in Italy, the United States, France and Denmark.
The presentation will be followed by a reception.
Reservations kindly suggested.
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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
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