[Msa-discuss] CFP - D'Annunzio as World Literature (MLA Symposium in Glasgow, 2021)

Michael J Subialka msubialka at ucdavis.edu
Mon Jul 27 17:33:55 EDT 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As part of a broader project on the Italian modernist/decadent figure, Gabriele d’Annunzio, and world literature, we invite proposals for a panel at the MLA’s International Symposium in Glasgow (UK), which will be held June 17-19, 2021, on the theme:

D’Annunzio as World Literature:

Translation and Reception in the Wake of Decadence

As recent studies have demonstrated, translation was crucial for the development of the decadent movement, which originated in France but soon found disciples across and beyond Europe. Among these was Gabriele d’Annunzio, a poet, modernist experimenter and political agitator whose larger-than-life persona dominated the national cultural scene for many years. D’Annunzio’s work spanned genres and media, participating in a rich context of poetry, literature, theatre, and film. He was one of the few fin-de-siècle Italian authors to receive global attention, and remains an “uncomfortable” presence in today’s Italian canon. This panel sets out to examine D’Annunzio’s work within a world literature framework, from his own engagement with translation to the international circulation and reception of his work.

      Contributions are welcome (but not limited to) the following topics:

  *    Translation within D’Annunzio’s texts, including:
     *   Multilingualism in D’Annunzio’s texts
     *   Translingual writing (e.g. D’Annunzio’s writing in French)
     *   Self Translation
     *   Rewriting and plagiarism
     *   D’Annunzio’s theorizing on translation
     *   Gender and translation (including gender as a productive category of translation)
  *   Immediate reception, including:
     *   Fin-de-siècle translations of D'Annunzio
     *   D’Annunzio’s translators and their translating strategies- relationship to the Decadent movement
     *   D’Annunzio’s relationship to translators, editors and other literary agents
     *   Censorship and political contexts of reception
     *   D’Annunzio’s impact on modern/modernist writers across Europe and the world
     *   Multimedia contexts and responses
  *   The afterlife of D'Annunzio's text, including:
     *   D'Annunzio’s place in Italian and foreign canons (i.e. school and university syllabi)
     *   Recent and contemporary translations or adaptations of D’Annunzio
     *   D'Annunzio’s impact on contemporary texts (i.e. citations; D’Annunzio as a character)
     *   Decadence, modernism, circulation, and exchange

Abstracts (250 words) and short bios should be submitted to Elisa Segnini (elisa.segnini at glasgow.ac.uk(link sends e-mail)<mailto:elisa.segnini at glasgow.ac.uk>) and Michael Subialka (msubialka at ucdavis.edu(link sends e-mail)<mailto:msubialka at ucdavis.edu>) by August 15th, 2020. We welcome any questions about possible proposals and topics. Ore information about the MLA colloquium can be found at:


This panel will be part of a larger project on D’Annunzio as World Literature, as we put together a volume examining the global dimensions of D’Annunzio’s production and reception. Find out more here: https://www.hastac.org/groups/dannunzio-world-literature

Michael Subialka (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian

University of California, Davis

502 Sproul Hall

1 Shields Ave.

Davis, CA 95616

Faculty Undergraduate Advisor, Italian

Editor, PSA: The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America


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