From the Page to the Italian Screen

We would welcome submissions for a panel, “From the Page to the Italian Screen” happening at SAMLA  November 13th-15th, 2015 in Durham, NC.

From Bicycle Thieves to Blow-Up to Gomorrah many of Italy’s most famous and important films are adaptations of literary works. Rather than explore the differences between adaptations of a single work or author, such as Shakespeare or Jane Austen, this panel will discuss the issues surrounding one national tradition’s cinematic and television adaptations, including films set in Italy, in Italian, or by Italian directors. This panel welcomes submissions that deal with any aspect of adaptation and Italian cinema, from the competition between the arts, to adapting short stories versus novels, to the differences between adapting a work from another language rather than from Italian, to the reasons for a particular director’s desire to adapt certain works (Visconti’s The Leopard and Death in Venice), to multiple adaptations of one author’s works (Alberto Moravia), to the challenges of working with a living author, like Elena Ferrante (Mario Martone), or the challenges of adapting the classics, like the Decameron (Pier Paolo Pasolini).

Please submit a brief abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements by June 10th 2015 to Rebecca Bauman, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY (rebecca_bauman AT  and Saskia Ziolkowski, Duke University (sez6 AT

For more information on the conference and its theme (In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts) see:

CFP: AAIS Session, Italian Modernism

A Decade After Italian Modernism

Italian ModernismIn 2004 Luca Somigli and Mario Moroni’s edited volume Italian Modernism: Italian Culture between Decadentism and Avant-Garde was published, drawing attention to the fact that the category “modernism” had been underexplored in the Italian context. How has the critical understanding of Italian modernism changed in the last ten years? What do we mean when we say “Italian modernism”? What elements of Italian modernism remain overlooked? What does using the term reveal about twentieth-century Italian literature, architecture, film, and art? This session invites paper proposals on any aspect of Italian modernism.

Please send an abstract of 150-300 words (in English or Italian) and a brief bio to Saskia Ziolkowski ( by December 31st.

2015 Conference of the American Association of Italian Studies, March 26-29, 2015, Boulder, Colorado