Lecture series examines corporeal visions in Spain and Italy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Spanish and Italian Modernist Studies Forum (SIMSF) announces a speaker series, “Embodying the Avant-garde: Corporeal Visions in Spain and Italy,” on Penn State's University Park campus. The public is invited to this free series, sponsored by Penn State's Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and the University Libraries.

The lecture series schedule is:
-- 2 p.m. March 14, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: Lucia Re, professor, UCLA, will speak on “War, Women, Sexuality and the Body in the Futurist Avant-Garde.” Her scholarly interests include gender and race issues in 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature and art.

-- 2 p.m. April 9, 402 Burrowes Building: Shirley Mangini, professor, California State University, will speak on “The Gender Games: The Life and Art of Maruja Mallo.” Her work focuses on contemporary Spanish literature and feminist perspectives on Spanish literature, history and politics.

-- 2 p.m. April 16, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: Brad Epps, professor, University of Cambridge and formerly of Harvard University, will speak on “Mimesis, Mimicry and Movement: Formic and Other Deformations in Salvador Dalí.” His academic interests include 19th- and 20th-century Spanish and Latin American language, culture and urban studies.

-- 2 p.m. April 23, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library: Luca Somigli, associate professor, University of Toronto will speak on “Nature and the Madman: Modernism and Mysticism in Pirandello's Fiction.” His research focuses on the European avant-garde and Italian genre fiction.

For more information contact Nicolás Fernández-Medina, at nuf3@psu.edu and Maria Truglio at mxt34@psu.edu or call the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at 814-865-4252.

Last Updated March 04, 2013