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a lecture by Professor Giuliana Adamo

Vittore Bocchetta, born in Sardinia in 1918, is an Italian sculptor, painter, and academic. Bocchetta was a member of the anti-fascist Italian resistance movement during World War II, who survived the German Nazi death camps. Upon returning to Italy, he decided to move to Argentina and Venezuela (1949–1958) and Chicago (1958–1986), before returning to Verona in 1989, where he lives now. His Chicago years have been some of the best in his life. Since 1989, he has committed himself to defending the memory of the resistance against Nazi-Fascism with books, paintings, sculptures, speeches, meetings in schools, articles in newspapers and magazines. In March 2018 President Sergio Mattarella, motu proprio, awarded Bocchetta with one of he highest commendation for heroic bravery (Grande Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana).

Giuliana Adamo graduated Summa cum Laude from Pavia University (Italy) and received a Phd from Reading University (UK). Since 1997, she has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Italian, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultural Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Her main areas of interest and research are XIXth, XXth and XXIth century Italian poetry and literature; the history of the novel in the literary Western canon; theory and practice of translation; comparative literatures; history of Mafia and Fascism. From 2008-2009 Fulbrighter Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Since 2014, she has been Visiting Professor in the Italian Summer School at Middlebury College.

Her publications include, "L’ultimo dono di Quetzalcoatl. Viaggio intorno al cioccolato e divagazioni" (Monboso, 2001; awarded the Literary Prize “Cesare Angelini”). "Metro e ritmo nel primo Palazzeschi" (Salerno Editrice, 2003). "La parola scritta e pronunciata. Nuovi saggi sulla narrativa di Vincenzo Consolo" (Manni, 2006). "Le fiabe di Picéto. Dieci fiabe per bambini dai sei ai cento anni" ( Antigone Edizioni, 2006). "Luigi Meneghello. Volta la carta la ze finia. Biografia per immagini" ( Effigie, 2008). "Paolo Cherchi. Erudizione e leggerezza. Saggi di filologia comparativa," ed. by G. Adamo (Viella, 2012). "Vittore Bocchetta. Una vita contro. Ribelle, antifascista, deportato, esule, artista" (Cuec, 2012). "L'inizio e la fine. I confini del romanzo nel canone occidentale" (Longo Editore, 2013). "About Umberto Eco" (Edizioni Jocker, 2015). "Contro la pedagogia del disonore’, in L’intervento con gli adolescenti devianti. Teorie e strumenti," (Franco Angeli, 2015). "Antigiudaismo. La tradizione occidentale," with Paolo Cherchi (translators and editors)(Viella, 2016).

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