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Italy and the Classics

Italy and Classics Poster
Friday, June 10, 2016 -
10:15am to 2:15pm
Ioannou Centre
Lecture Theatre

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: Ela Tandello)

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’

Massimo Fusillo (L’Aquila) ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini's Barbaric Greece’


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

Registration is £25 (students £20) and this includes refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception as well as confirming a place at the evening performance.

Register online at the University store:

The evening event in the JdP concludes the Italy and the Classics conference, but can be attended separately. It begins with a Drinks Reception before a talk, chaired by Marina Warner with leading Italian playwright, Roberto Cavosi, the translator, Jane House and professional actors, Marco Gambino and Sasha Waddell; followed by a rehearsed reading of Cavosi’s Phaedra/Hippolytus inspired play, Bellissima Maria.
The evening event is free and open to all, but places should be booked via Eventbrite:

Open to all