Next Session in the Literature and Comparison Seminar Series In the next session in the Literature and Comparison Seminar Series, Professor Paolo Orvieto will present a paper entitled "L'Italia tra mito e realta` nell'Ottocento e nel primo Novecento." The seminar will be held on Monday, March 20 at 6.00 pm, in the Gateway Building Hall C.

Through the examination of a number of texts ranging from Elizabethan theatre to the Gothic novel, from the English Romantics (Byron and Shelley) to the Victorians (Dickens), from art critics (Walter Pater) to English and American novelists such as Forster, Hawthorne, James, and Twain, Professor Orvieto will be discussing various images of Italians as the embodiment of evil genius.

Professor Orvieto is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Firenze. He is the author of numerous works on the theory of literature, Medieval and Renaissance literature, and comparative literature. He is the author of La poesia comico realistica dal XIII al XVI secolo (Carocci, 1999), Teorie critiche del Novecento (Carocci,1999), Misoginie. L’inferiorita` della donna nel pensiero moderno (Salerno Editrice, 2002), and Labirinti, castelli e giardini. Luoghi letterari di orrore e smarrimento (Salerno Editrice, 2004).

Professor Orvieto's visit is being sponsored by the Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri through the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

Communications Office
13 March 2006