JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY
The Department of Modern Languages and Literature
The Fate of the Fata, or What Happened to the Italian Fairy Tale in America?
Dr. Matthew Reza (Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford)
As millions of Italians left for America and a new life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, they brought with them all manner of cultural practices from the old world. What of stories and fairy tales? What tales did Italians tell each other, and were they passed on? This lecture will explore how fairy tales fared in America, the obstacles they faced in their transmission and survival, and how and if they played a role in the cultural life of Italians and Italian Americans.
Matthew Reza is a postdoctoral research assistant for the project Cultures on the Move: Italy and the USA at the University of Oxford, for which he looks at the migration of oral narratives, particularly the fairy tale, from Italy to the US during the twentieth century. He is the co-editor, together with Florian Mussgnug, of The Good Place: Comparative Perspectives on Utopia (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2014).
October 26, 2016 6.00-7.30 p.m., Room G.G.1, Guarini Campus
John Cabot University, Via della Lungara, 233 00165 Rome
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