Mourning in Italian Poetry

mourning poetry reading

Mourning in Italian Poetry from the Medieval to the Modern is a one-day conference taking place at Christ Church in Oxford on Saturday 4th March 2017. The conference is generously sponsored by Christ Church, St John’s College, the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages (Oxford), the Society for Italian Studies, and in association with Oxford Medieval Studies, sponsored by the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). Conference exploring how mourning affects and creates identity in various lyric subjects, and how this mournful poetic subjectivity has evolved from the medieval to the modern in the Italian tradition.

Should you wish to attend the conference, please register by 15th February by following this link

In order to preserve the intimate roundtable format of the day, there are not many places available. Please therefore sign up as soon as you are able in order to avoid disappointment. You are all, however, warmly invited to the concluding poetry reading by Antonella Anedda with Jamie McKendrick, which will take place in the Upper Library, Christ Church, 5-6 pm, followed by a drinks reception in the Blue Boar Exhibition Space (6-7 pm). There is no need to register and no charge for this part of the day.

Attendance fee is £10.00 in order to cover catering costs. The day will end with a dinner at Chiang Mai and all participants are very welcome to join (at their own cost — £30 per person for a two course menu plus one drink). Please contact us at and to make a reservation for dinner by 15th February.


9.30 – 10.00           Registration and Welcome

10.00 – 10.30         Manuele Gragnolati (Paris-Sorbonne), ‘Tra malinconia e lutto: “Addio” di Elsa Morante

10.30 – 11.00         Vilma de Gasperin (Oxford), ‘“Qualcosa di atroce e soprattutto insondabile”: “Manuele” by Anna Maria Ortese (1933)’

11.00 – 11.30         Tea and Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00         Eleanor Parker (University of Oxford), ‘Mythological mourning: models of loss in Giuseppe Ungaretti’s La Terra Promessa (1950)

12.00 – 12.30         Francesco Giusti (ICI Berlin), ‘Mourning over Her Image, or Digging up the Seed of Weeping

12.30 – 13.30         Lunch

13.30 – 14.00         Marzia D’Amico (University of Oxford), ‘The Space of Mourning: Elettra’s mise en scène

14.00 – 14.30         Emanuela Tandello (University of Oxford), ‘Una quieta assenza di vita: Rosselli, Petrarch, and Leopardi’

14.30 – 15.00         Adele Bardazzi (University of Oxford), ‘Elegy and “demi-deuil” in Montale’s “La casa dei doganieri”’

15.00 – 15.30         Fabio Camilletti (Warwick), ‘Silvia’s Song’

15.30 – 16.00         Tea and Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.00         Roundtable led by Francesca Southerden (University of Oxford)

17.00 – 18.00         Poetry Reading by Antonella Anedda with Jamie McKendrick at Christ Church’s Upper Library

18.00 – 19.00         Drinks Reception at Blue Boar Exhibition Space

19.15                     Dinner at Chiang Mai Kitchen


Humanities & Identities
Oxford Medieval Studies

Contact name: Adele Bardazzi
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Audience: Open to all