Italy and the Classics

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles'


A joint one-day conference organised by the APGRD, together with support from Modern Languages, Oxford and The Society for Italian Studies. With Marina Warner, and featuring a rehearsed reading of Roberto Cavosi’s Bellissima Maria (after Phaedra/Hipploytus). There will be an accompanying exhibition in the atrium of the Ioannou Centre, curated by Claire Kenward (APGRD). 

Registration is £25 (or £20 for a Student Concession), and this includes lunch, refreshments, and a drinks reception, as well as confirming your place at the evening reading.
Please follow this link to register online at the University Stores site.


In the Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles’:

10.15am: WELCOME by Marina Warner

10.30-11.30am: Fin de Siècle Italy (Chair: Matthew Reynolds)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Freelance Writer): ‘“Patria! Patria!” Gabriele d'Annunzio's old-new theatre of nationhood’
Michael Subialka (Oxford): ‘D’Annunzio’s Epic Rome and Doomed Love’

11.30-12.45: The Performance Arts (Chair: Elena Lombardi)
Eleftheria Ioannidou (Birmingham): ‘A Classical Modernity: Performances of Ancient Drama in Sicily in the Interwar Period’ 
Rosella Simonari (London): ‘Heroic Nudity and Primitivism: Alberto Spadolini’s Dances’
Simone Spagnolo (Anglia Ruskin): ‘Teatro polidittico: classics-inspired contemporary Italian operas and the concept of openness’

12.45 - 2pm LUNCH

2-3.15pm: Early Modern Italy (Chair: Glenn Most)
Martin McLaughlin (Oxford): ‘The lion, the dog and the fly: Alberti's classical menagerie’
Matthew Leigh (Oxford): ‘Goldoni, Le donne curiose, and Classical Curiosity'
Nicola Gardini (Oxford): ‘Classical Sodomies: the Case of Antonio Beccadelli’

3.15-3.45pm TEA

3.45-5pm: Film (Chair: Oliver Taplin)
Maria Wyke (London): ‘Ancient Rome in Italian silent cinema’
John David Rhodes (Cambridge): ‘Tutto santo: Pasolini’s Queer Antiquity’


In the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s:


6.30pm: Pre-Performance Talk (Chair: Marina Warner)
Roberto Cavosi (Playwright), Jane House (Translator), Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell (actors)

7pm Rehearsed Reading of Roberto Cavosi’s Bellissima Maria (after Phaedra/Hippolytus)
8.15-8.30pm – Q&A

Please follow this link to register online at the University Stores site.
Please email    ​if you have any queries.