Cultura Visuale in Italia. Prospettive per la comparatistica letterariaInternational Conference
Organisation: Ministero dell'Istruzione, del'Universit? e della Ricerca scientifica PRIN 2005 | Universit? di Palermo | Facolt? di Scienze della Formazione | Dipartimento di Arti e Comunicazioni | Centre Culturel Fran?ais | Istituto Svizzero di Roma | Associazione Siciliana Amici della Musica | Alitalia | Feedback | :duepunti edizioni | Broadway Libreria dello Spettacolo | Master in Comunicazione e Cultura Visuale | Laboratorio di Cultura Visuale | Con il Patrocinio del Senato della Repubblica
Conference Organizer: Prof. Dr. Michele Cometa, Dipartimento di Arti e Comunicazioni, Universit?
degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, edificio 15, 90128 Palermo, Italy (e-mail:
Palermo, Jolly Hotel
Via Foro Italico 22, 90133 Palermo (PA) ITALY
Research concerning the interrelation between literature and visual culture is by now a well-established international tradition showing remarkable progress also in Italy. National philology especially (German, English, French, etc), theory of literature and comparative literature have amply acknowledged and developed international stimuli both on a theoretical level and on an applicative one. In the last decades of the twentieth century, in particular, we have witnessed a renewal of the debate on the "reciprocal illumination between the arts" obviously encouraged by the still growing role that images have "for" literature, "in" literature (the problem of explicitly intermedial production) and in the "system of literature" as a whole (distribution etc.). The meeting intends to define the methodological bases for a comparative study of literature and visual culture that is fundamental both at the level of literary theory - which has always shown meticulous interest with regard to the relationship between verbal and visual, that today seems to be at the core of the cultural debate - , and at the level of the contribution that this connection may be able to provide to the redefinition of the role that literature can and must acquire within the field of Cultural Studies and Communication Studies. The aim of this project is focused upon the analysis of literary phenomena moving from the alterations that the gaze (individual and social), the optical devices/media (from the camera obscura to the cinema) and the new images produce upon literature both on a thematic level (media and gaze as literary themes) and on that of writing, in the strict sense of the word (literary optics, ?kphrasis, etc.).
In such a view the comparative study of "literacy" and "visual literacy" can contribute to reinforce the role of literary studies in the constitution of interpretative paradigms of our society, therefore avoiding the isolation of literature from the most productive and the widest context of the study of cultures. The research project in particular intends to focus its attention - in accordance with the competences already acquired by each scholar that is part of this work unit - upon three fundamental phases of the encounter between literature and visual culture: 1) a pre-photographic phase which will look at the presence in literature of the gaze changes produced by visual technologies such as camera obscura, microscope, telescope etc., up to the invention of photography (which is to say, a period that extends from Pre-romanticism to Naturalism); 2) a post-photography phase which will concentrate upon the encounter between photography and literature both on a biographic level (writers-photographers) and on the most crucial level of the modifications imposed by photography as a means of communication to literary; 3) a pre- and post-cinema phase in which, beyond the problem relative to the adaptation, the purpose will be to highlight how cinema, as an instrument of communication, and film writing have shaped and modified literary writing.
Thursday September 28, 3.30 p.m.
Chairman Camilla Miglio
Hans Belting (IFK, University of Vienna)
Per un'iconologia dello sguardo
W. J. T. Mitchell (University of Chicago)
Realism and the Digital Image
Friday September 29, 9.00 a.m.
Chairman Maria Luisa Roli
Ulrich Stadler (University of Zurich)
Besser sehen, anders sehen. ?ber den
wissenschaftlichen und poetischen Umgang mit
10.00 a.m. Coffee break
Michele Cometa (University of Palermo)
Letteratura e cultura visuale nell'era prefotografica
Giovanni Sampaolo (University of Rome)
Skia-graphia: silhouettes, ombre cinesi e letteratura intorno al 1800
Rita Calabrese (University of Palermo)
Con gli occhi di un'ebrea: Dorothea Mendelssohn Veit Schlegel
Friday September 29, 4.00 p.m.
Chairman Federico Bertoni
Philippe Hamon (University of Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle)
La litt?rature, la ligne, le point et le plan
5.00 p.m. Coffee break
Silvia Albertazzi (University of Bologna)
Letteratura e cultura visuale nell'era della fotografia
Ferdinando Amigoni (University of Bologna)
Gli strani grovigli del vedere: Celati, Ghirri, Herzog
Donata Meneghelli (University of Bologna)
"Il cervello comincia dall'occhio". Raccontare le
immagini, raccontare con le immagini
Saturday September 30, 9.00 a.m.
Chairman Lucia Mor
Andreas Beyer (University of Basel)
Il volto. Descritto. Dipinto. Letto
10.00 a.m. Coffee break
Massimo Fusillo (Universit? dell'Aquila)
Letteratura e cultura visuale nell'era del cinema
Clotilde Bertoni (Universit? di Palermo)
Giornalismo nel cinema e cinema giornalistico
Vincenzo Maggitti (Universit? dell'Aquila)
Il "pictorial turn" nel racconto letterario del film
Saturday September 30, 4.00 p.m.
Chairman Mauro Ponzi
Cultura visuale in Italia. Prospettive a confronto
Round table: Antonio Bellingreri, Maurizio
Cardaci, Ivano Cavallini, Gabriella De Marco,
Francesco Faeta, Filippo Fimiani, Francesco
Galluzzi, Fabio Lo Verde, Giuseppe Pucci, Antonio
5.30 p.m. Coffee break
Giulio Iacoli introduces the director
Roberta Coglitore introduces the photographer
Languages: French, English, Italian, German
Further informationsr: www.culturalstudies.it