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October 26, 2017 - 5:00-7:00 pm
Lecture Hall I, Faculty of Humanities
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, Rome

"Words of the Self": ten words, each associated with a work and an author, will become the instrument for investigating issues related to our being, human beings and human being in history. The words will act as a bridge between literature and psychoanalysis, to remind us of the ethical and cognitive value of words and the social function of literature.

The aim is to develop new methodological and analytical approaches for the two disciplines, restoring the centrality of Italian literarature, its tradition and its construction of cultural topoi.

This cycle of ten meetings (October 26, 2017 to January 25, 2018), which has been organised by Tito Baldini and Laura Di Nicola, invites psychoanalysts and Italianists to rediscover ten words through ten literary works. The initiative was born from a collaboration, which began in 2017, between the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and the Department of Documentary Studies, Linguistics, Philology and Geography at Sapienza University.

The first meeting will address "Love" in Dante's Comedy, especially in Cantos 2 and 5 of the Inferno, which will be read by Giorgio Inglese (Sapienza) and Domenico Chianese (SPI).

The meeting will be inaugurated by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Stefano Asperti, the Director of the Department of Documentary Studies, Linguistics, Philology and Geography, Giovanni Solimine, and the Vice-President of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society, Fabio Castriota.

Subsequent meetings will address: Fate, Melancholy, Identity, Dream of Love, Consciousness, Loneliness, Desire, Transit and Lightness.

“It is a journey into the fabric of the soul made of words,” Curators Laura Di Nicola and Tito Baldini, “that have been worked and braided into the frame of literature."

The other Seminars

Seminars will continue every Thursday.

  • November 9, 2017: "Destiny" in Decameron by Boccaccio will be analysed by Monica Cristina Storini (Sapienza) and Laura Accetti (SPI);
  • November 16, 2017: "Melancholy" of the Leopardian Memories of the First Love, with the presentations by Franco D'Intino (Sapienza), Alberto Folin (Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples), Fabio Castriota (SPI) and with the collaboration of Leopardi Laboratory (Sapienza);
  • November 23, 2017: "Identity" in the Late Mattia Pascal by Pirandello, explored by Daniele Monticelli (University of Tallinn) and Angelo Macchia (SPI);
  • November 30, 2017: "Dream of Love" in A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo, with presentations by by Marina Zancan (Sapienza) and Manuela Fraire (SPI). 
  • December 7, 2017: "Consciousness" in Italo Svevo's Zeno's Conscience, with presentations of Francesco Ardolino (University of Barcelona) and Alfredo Lombardozzi (Spi);
  • December 21, 2017: "Solitude" in Hard Labour by Cesare Pavese, with presentations by Massimo Lucarelli (University of Savoie), Francesco Capello (University of Kent) and Lara Bancheri (SPI);
  • January 11, 2018: "Desire" in From Her Side by Alba de Céspedes, with presentations by Lucinda Spera (University for Foreigners in Siena) and Lucia Monterosa (SPI);
  • January 18, 2018: "Transit" in The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini, analysed in a seminar by Elisabetta Mondello (Sapienza) and Maurizio Balsamo (SPI);
  • January 25, 2018: "Lightness" in the First Memos for the Next Millennium in Calvino’s American Lessons will end the journey started with Dante's "Love," relaunching the relationship between literary memory and individual memory beyond the boundaries of the twentieth century, arousing the utopia of the word, its moral value, its ability to act as an instrument of interpretation and intervention in the world: "love" as a memos for the millennium.