The James Joyce Italian Foundation

Dipartimento di di Lingue Letterature e Culture Straniere – Università Roma Tre

Cfp: James Joyce: The Joys of Exile – Rome, 1-2-3 February 2018

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The XI James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2018
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 26, 2017

Keynote speakers:
Fritz Senn
Sam Slote
Gabriele Frasca

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Eleventh Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 136th birthday.

Exile is among the foremost theme’s in Joyce ouvre, but it also became an “arm” he allowed himself “to use”. From Dubliners to Finnegans Wake the “note of banishment” and exile resonates in so many ways that it would be difficult to imagine Joyce as a non-exilic subject.

We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

– Exile as a narrative strategy in Joyce
– Joyce and exile in the literary canon
– Joyce and exile in the tradition of the Irish novel
– Joyce, Europe and Exile
– Joyce, Great Britain and Exile;
– Joyce, Celtic Countries and Exile.
– Joyce, Exile(s) and Drama
– Joyce among expatriates
– Silence, exile and cunning in Joyce’s works
– Joyce and the Irish diaspora
– Joyce as an Irish/European writer
– Joyce and emigration
– Joyce at home and abroad

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to joyceconference@gmail.com
The Conference includes a Joycean birthday party.
Deadline for proposals: November 26, 2017.
Accepted speakers will be notified by December 15, 2017.

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Students: 25 Euro; Individual Membership: 35 Euro; Faculty: 50 Euro; supporting members : 70 euro).
Accepted speakers can apply for the Giorgio Melchiori Grant.

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Assemblea straordinaria/Extraordinary General Meeting

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 28/08/2017

Convocazione dell’assemblea straordinaria

di

The James Joyce Italian Foundation

 L’Assemblea straordinaria dei soci di The James Joyce Italian Foundation è convocata in prima convocazione per il giorno 12 settembre 2017, ore 8, presso i locali del Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere dell’Università Roma Tre,  II piano, Via del Valco di San Paolo, 19, 00146 Roma, ed in seconda convocazione alle ore 13.30 del  13 settembre 2017, presso gli stessi locali del Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate dell’Università Roma Tre, con il seguente ordine del giorno:

1.Comunicazioni
2.Elezioni di due nuovi membri del Comitato Direttivo
3.Varie ed eventuali

Il Presidente
Franca Ruggieri
Roma  28 July 2017

 

Convocation of the  Extraordinary General Meeting

of

The James Joyce Italian Foundation

 

The members’ extraordinary meeting of The James Joyce Italian Foundation is convened firstly on 12 September 2017 at 8 a.m. at the Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate dell’Università Roma Tre,  Via del Valco di San Paolo, 19, 00146 Roma. The second convocation is at 13.30 on 13 September 2017, at the same address. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Communications
  2. Elections of two new members of the Board
  3. Other

Franca Ruggieri
President
Rome  28 July 2017

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CFP – JSI 19 – Joyce and the New Rise of the Novel – deadline 15th May 2017

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 26/04/2017

Joyce Studies in Italy   19   – 2017

JOYCE AND THE NEW RISE OF THE NOVEL

PAPER SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 15, 2017

 

Joyce Studies in Italy, a peer-reviewed International journal dealing with all areas of Joyce studies, invites participants to the X James Joyce Annual Conference in Rome to submit papers (max 5.000 words including bibliography) in the areas covered by the conference. Contributions will undergo a double-blind peer review process, and selected papers will be recommended for publication.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the English novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Irish novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the European novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Italian novel
– The novel as autobiography: Writing the self
– Joyce and the theory of the novel
– Joyce and the end of the novel
– Joyce’s anti-novels
– Joyce and the novels of the Revival
– Joyce and history
– The genesis of Joyce’s fiction: notebooks, drafts, and completed works
– Joyce, genetic studies and the novel
– Joyce’s non-fiction
– Joyce’s novels in translation
– Joyce between realism, surrealism and hyperrealism
– Joyce between fiction and the real

Only papers which fully comply with the JSI stylesheet and are related to the theme of the volume will be considered for publication.

Download JSI Stylesheet

Authors are kindly invited to submit their papers jointly to: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it and franca.ruggieri@uniroma3.it by May 15 2017.

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Finnegans Wake on Youtube

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 19/04/2017

Alcune interpretazioni e letture da Finnegans Wake, presentate ai convegni annuali di JJIF da Orlando Mezzabotta,  possono essere consultate  su Youtube:

The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies: Getting Riddle of the Riddles, http://youtu.be/eOAku9hWuBQ

Joyce’s Parallel Lives in the Night Studies, https://youtu.be/JeVUzE2AuY0

Anna Livia risciacquata:,  https://youtu.be/RXtKZNbeHUY

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Franco Mazzi ha voluto fare una sua registrazione di “Anna Livia Plurabella” e de “I fiumi scorrono”.
Enrico Frattaroli ne ha elaborato un montaggio in audio e in video, moltiplicando i livelli di… joyceanità!
Il video è pubblicato su YouTube:
https://youtu.be/tqpWIqr1Rtw

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News

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 26/03/2017

Dear Joycean friends,

here you can find a letter from the President of the JJIF and the minutes of the last JJIF General Meeting:

You can also download and read the essay by Barbara Arnett, “A Modern Daedalus”:

You can find news about publications on Joyce and his work in Italy:

The list of The James Joyce Italian Foundation members is also published.

We remind that you can join the JJIF following the instructions given in the “Subscription” area using the new membership form.

 

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2-3 February 2017 – The X JJIF Conference – Final programme

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 05/01/2017

THE X JAMES JOYCE ITALIAN FOUNDATION CONFERENCE

 

MORNING FEB 2

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
8.00-9.30   REGISTRATION

9.30-9.50   OFFICIAL OPENING
Mario Panizza, Rector, Università Roma Tre
Irish Ambassador or Cultural Attaché ???
Luca Pietromarchi, Head of Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature Straniere, Università Roma Tre
Franca Ruggieri, President of the James Joyce Italian Foundation

9.50-10.30 PLENARY
John McCourt, Chair
Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway, UK, “Children may just as well play as not.  The ogre will come in any case” (LIII, 143).  Joyce, Lucia Joyce and Finnegans Wake at the Outbreak of War, September 1939.

10.30.11.45    PANEL 2  Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
Dieter Fuchs, Chair
Ennio Ravasio, Independent Scholar, Italy, “Realism and Allegory in ‘Cyclops’”
Olha Bandrovska, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine, “Anthropology of Odor in James Joyce’s Ulysses
Dieter Fuchs, University of Vienna, Austria, “Ulysses and Menippean Satire”,

Aula C
10.30.11.45     PANEL 1
Dana Radler, Chair
Julia Mikaela Kelley, Radford University, USA, “‘Do you think me an utter fool? Rereading Joyce’s ‘Counterparts’”
Katherine E. Smith, Radford University, USA, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria: Potential Causes for Maria’s Spinsterhood in Joyce’s Clay
Dana Radler, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania, “Reconfiguring Identity: Eros and Thanatos in Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
11.45-12.00     COFFEE BREAK

Aula C
12.00-13.30    PANEL 3
Nick Morwood, Chair
Michal Moussafi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “A Mirror Up to Nature: “Impressionist” Narrative in James Joyce’s Ulysses”
Manana Gelashvili, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia, “Mythical Chronotope of Ulysses
Nick Morwood, University of Lethbridge, Canada, “‘Circe’ before the Eternal City: Yossarian’s final walk in Rome and the limits of gender and animal discourse in the nighttown of Ulysses
Sara Spanghero, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany “’The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius’ (U17.257): Considerations on Stephen Dedalus’ Fluid Anti-Development”

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
12.00-13.30    PANEL 4
Brendan Kavanagh, Chair
Robert Baines, University of Evansville, USA, “The Doublin Bruno: Reuniting the Nolan in Finnegans Wake I.6”
Talia Abu, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, “Defecation and the Other: Warring Autobiographical Writings in the Haunted Inkbottle Scene”
Tamar Gelashvili, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia, “Buttafaian Poly-Fooling (Butt’s and Taff’s Polyphinic Fooling)”
Brendan Kavanagh, University of Cambridge, UK, “Word – World – ‘Whorld’: The Wake’s Immunology”
 
13.30 – 15.00     LUNCH

 

AFTERNOON FEB 2
 
Aula C
15.00-16.15    PANEL 5
Sara Sullam, Chair
Taura Napier, Wingate University, USA “Joyce’s Cyclops and the Red Summer of 1919”
Sara Sullam, Università degli studi di Milano, Italy, “”Moll(y) & co.: Defoe, Joyce and Female Characters”
Ioana Zirra, University of Bucharest, Romania, “Fabula and Sjuzhet Links: Paronomastic Intertextual Clues and the Detective Narrative Formula of Ulysses
 
Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
15.00-16.15      PANEL 6
Giuliana Bendelli, Chair
Annalisa Federici, Universita di Roma “Sapienza” / Università della Tuscia, Italy, “Word and World, Fiction and Reality in Ulysses: Joyce as Realist/Hyperrealist/Antirealist”
Giuliana Bendelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy, “The geography of Ulysses between fiction and the real”
Allen C. Jones, University of Stavanger, Norway, “The Parenthetical Screen: A Formal Training of the Filmic Eye in Joyce’s ‘Circe’”

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
16.15-16.45        IN MEMORIAM
Laura Santone, Università di Roma Tre, “On Jacqueline Risset”
Francesca Romana Paci, Università del Piemonte Orientale, “On Umberto Eco”
Serenella Zanotti, Università di Roma Tre, “On Rosa Maria Bosinelli”

16.45-17.00     COFFEE BREAK

17.00-17.30
Jolanta W. Wawrzycka, Radford University, USA “James Joyce’s Künstlerroman: Writing the Alter-Self”

17.30 – 18.00
Donatella Pallotti, University of Florence, Italy, Chair
Enrico Frattaroli, Independent Scholar and Theatre director, and Franco Mazzi, actor, Reading: “Ostrigotta, ora capesco!”

19.00/19.30    RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE EMBASSY OF IRELAND

 

MORNING FEB 3

8.00-9.30 REGISTRATION
Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
9.30-10.00
Fritz Senn, Zurich James Joyce Foundation, Switzerland, “Ulyssean interpolations”

10.00 – 11.15        PANEL 7
Peter Kuch, Chair
Giovanna Vincenti, University of Reading, UK, “‘A paragraph ought to fix her’? Samuel Beckett’s fictional portraits of Lucia Joyce in Dream of Fair to middling Women and More Pricks than Kicks.”
Michelle Williams, Radford University, USA, “A Novice Scholar Facing the Parnell Affair in Joyce’s Fiction”
Peter Kuch, University of Otago, New Zealand, “A handful of tea: money and monster novels”.

Aula C
10.00 – 11.15     PANEL 8
Tamara Radak, Chair
Simone Rebora, University of Göttingen, Germany, “Encyclopedic Novel Revisited. Joyce’s Role in a Disputed Literary Genre”
Tamara Radak, University of Vienna, Austria, “Putting the cycle in Encyclopaedia: Joycean Negotiations of Closure”
Iva Dimovska, Central European University Budapest, Hungary, “The Aesthetics of Failure: James Joyce and the modernist anti-novel

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
11.15 -11.40       COFFEE BREAK

11.40-12.10
Andrea Cortellessa, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “Forse che sì, forse che no. Joyce tra Pascoli e Gadda”

12.10 -12.40
Carla Marengo Vaglio, Università di Torino, Italy, “Tobias Smollett: Joyce’s Grandfather: “satiety”, “eructation, “regurgitation”

12.40-14.30 – LUNCH and JJIF ANNUAL MEETING
 
AFTERNOON  FEB 3
 
Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
 
14.30-15.00
Orlando Mezzabotta, Independent scholar and actor, “Joyce’s Parallel Lives in the Night Studies”

15.00 – 16.15   PANEL 9
Chiara Sciarrino, Chair
Chiara Sciarrino, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy, “‘Non serviam’: A Corpus Stylistics Analysis of Negation and Religion in A Portrait
April Capili, University of Antwerp, Belgium, “‘Yes, yes: a woman too. Life, life’: Lucia and the Life-Writing Aspects of Joyce’s Novels”
Neslihan Ekmekçioglu, Çankaya University, Turkey, “Contrasting Representations of Intersubjective Self- Perception and Gaze in Joyce

Aula C
15.00 – 16.30     PANEL 10
Joseph Nugent, Chair
Paola Serrati, Independent scholar, “‘Errors Are Portals Of Discovery’: Historical Revision and Fictionalized Reality”
Boyarkina Iren, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy, “Joyce, Modernism and Science Fiction Literature”
Joseph Nugent, Boston College, USA, “Nice spectacle[s] for your mother: Ulysses in Virtual Reality”
Andrew Goodspeed, South East European University in the Republic of Macedonia, ‘Patience is the great thing’: Clarity in Finnegans Wake

Sala Ignazio Ambrogio
16.30-16.45    COFFEE BREAK

16.45-17.45    BOOK REVIEWS
Enrico Terrinoni, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, “On Joyicity and Il riflesso d’autore by Gabriele Frasca”
Fabio Luppi, Università Guglielmo Marconi, Italy,“On James Joyce e la fine del romanzo by Enrico Terrinoni ”
Giuliana Bendelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, Italy, “On Leggere l’Ulisse di Joyce, ed. by G. Bendelli”
Franca Ruggieri, Università Roma Tre, Italy, “On James Joyce’s Lettere e saggi, ed. by Enrico Terrinoni ”
Annalisa Federici, Università di Roma “Sapienza” / Università della Tuscia, Italy, “On Joyce Studies in Italy 2016.  Shakespearean Joyce Joycean Shakespeare
17.45-18.00     CLOSING REMARKS
During the conference, speakers are invited to visit the virtual installation A Preview of Joycestick: Ulysses in Virtual Reality   (Aula D), curated by Joseph Nugent.

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Shakespearean Joyce/Joycean Shakespeare

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CFP: The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome – 1-2-3 February 2017

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 03/08/2016

Joyce’ Fiction and the new Rise of the Novel:
The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2017
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 25, 2016

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Tenth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 135th birthday.

Joyce famously described Ulysses as a “damned-monster novel”, a definition that could as well be applied also to his final anti-novel, Finnegans Wake. To a certain extent, it can be argued that all of his prose fiction, from the novellas of Dubliners onwards, is an attempt to stylistically and philosophically challenge the history and the tradition of realism and anti-realism in the novel in any of its multifarious forms.

Confirmed key note speaker: Finn Fordham    Royal Holloway University of London

We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the English novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Irish novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the European novel
– Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Italian novel
– The novel as autobiography: writing the self
– Joyce and the theory of the novel
– Joyce and the end of the novel
– Joyce’s anti-novels
– Joyce and the novels of the Revival
– Joyce and history
– Joyce, genetic studies and the novel
– Joyce’s novels in translation
– Joyce between realism, surrealism and hyperrealism
– Joyce: word and world
– Joyce between fiction and the real

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to joyceconference@gmail.com
The Conference includes a Joycean birthday party.
Deadline for proposals: November 25, 2016.
Accepted speakers will be notified by December 15, 2016.

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Students: 25 Euro; Faculty: 35 Euro; supporting members : 70 euro).
Please visit the James Joyce Italian Foundation website for information about the “Giorgio Melchiori Grants”.

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Remembering Rosa Maria Bosinelli

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 16/07/2016

Franca Ruggieri, Remembering Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli

Five months have passed since those January days when Rosa Maria, Cicci  for all of us, who had planned to come to Rome for a conference on the Easter Rising organized by John McCourt, became aware of the first symptoms of that illness that within two weeks was found to be incurable, and that was terrifyingly brief. In fact, it ended just two months later, on 20th March, perhaps without her being fully aware of just what was happening.

That Thursday afternoon of 14th January I had gone to meet her at Termini station and, before going on to the reception at the Irish Embassy, she wanted me to go with her to see Michelangelo’s statue of Moses in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. It was a visit connected to the mistranslation of a Hebrew word that explained why Michelangelo had given his statue horns – and which Cicci had once written an essay about.

The thought of death is the aspect of life that affects us most from when we become adults; when we have our first experiences of loss. Joyce, we remember, wrote The Dead when he was about 25 years old.

In 1623, in Meditation XVII, John Donne spoke words that are often quoted about the common destiny of all mortals, encouraging us to experience the end of every life as if it were our own:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.

Each man’s death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

The awareness of our own fragility, and the precariousness of being human, increases as we age. And it becomes sadder, in fact I’d say, more tragic, now there is this sudden, immense loss of such a giving friend who was so full of life.

It is still too painful to speak of her in absence, also perhaps because memories and commemorations can have an air of the conventional, of ritual, of things that have to be done by those who remain; formalities, that the humanity in our friend might well have refuted.

“Non omnis moriar”, is the brief, measured, wise quotation from one of Horace’s Odes, written on the back of the last photograph that we have of her, which was taken last year and distributed to her friends at the commemorative event held at the University of Bologna. It is her calm, confident smile that encourages us to remember; because when we suffer, the words of memory are the only things that give any meaning to our sense of loss. And even though our words are almost always inadequate, since they say too much or too little, they are the only (unsatisfactory) means that we have for entrusting our memories.

Much can be said – and many have said it and continue to do so – about Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli, Professor Emeritus of the University of Bologna, an internationally renowned scholar of literature and of Joyce, a Full Professor of English Language who carried out original research in Italy on Translation Studies, on new technologies and the new media.

For me, and for my generation, Rosa Maria was extremely important and totally unreplaceable both as a scholar and as a friend. She was a firm point of reference, and her voice was steady and calm; it expressed her knowledge and humanity, her wisdom and prudence. And these qualities were always to the fore in her relationship with the young, and not only with her own students. In fact she felt that the young must be given space. As she once said to me: by now they know how to do things better than we do. In fact while she had worked for – and on – the first Italian edition of Finnegans Wake in 1982 (translated by Luigi Schenoni and introduced by Giorgio Melchiori), in recent years she welcomed the new Mondadori project to complete that translation; in fact these young translators often asked her for advice on entire passages or on specific translation choices. Her support for young people in general, was, in fact, a fundamental aspect of her academic, and her civil, commitment.

When the idea of establishing The James Joyce Italian Foundation was discussed in 2006, Cicci was the first person who was willing to support me, and she continued to help me with the whole bureaucratic process. As always, it was with loyalty and kind-heartedness that she got in touch with Umberto Eco, who immediately became honorary member of the Foundation. Several years earlier, in 1996, Eco, a friend and colleague at Bologna, had written the Introduction to Anna Livia Plurabelle, which was published by Einaudi and edited by Cicci. It included her excellent essay, which accompanied the original English text with the two Italian translations, Joyce’s own, with Nino Frank, and one by Luigi Schenoni, as well as the French translation by Samuel Beckett and others.

And again, it was thanks to her direct involvement that Eco spoke at the first Graduate Conference organized by The James Joyce Italian Foundation in Rome in 2008, concluding proceedings with his speech, “Joyce’s Misfortunes in Italy”.

Cicci has many friends, and she managed to convey her unique friendship to each of them; she was loved in different ways by many. And from that feeling of friendship, her love of life was apparent; an honest, clear love that was incapable of jealousy or envy, although it never lacked clear, coherent judgement – reflected, as we see, in that photo taken last year in Trieste. Understanding, tolerance and an appreciation of life always accompanied her clarity of vision.

This was the source of her main strength, and even in times of difficulty, she had an untiring desire to look deeply, and to see the positive in every situation and in everyone. To accept things and put them together; to smile – and always go forward.

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Paola Pugliatti for Rosa Maria Bosinelli

As soon as I started going through my papers to gather together various moments of my relationship with Rosa Maria—a friend, a colleague, a fellow traveller— I realised that I was not only dealing with my own personal relationship with her, but that I was dealing with History itself: the history of the development of language teaching in the public universities of Italy, and the vital role which Rosa Maria played in those developments. While many of you certainly know of Rosa Maria as a Joycean, you may not know of this other dimension of Rosa Maria, of her activity as a scholar, teacher, and civil servant in the institution of the Italian university, and her passionate engagement in experimenting with new methods of language teaching and new ways of communicating linguistic awareness to her students.

I met Rosa Maria in 1973, a year after I had started teaching in Bologna. At that time, she was teaching English in the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bologna where language teaching was considered to be mere preparatory work for the more “serious” activity of reading political texts. In what was a largely male-dominated context, language teaching (mainly English, French, and Spanish) had been entrusted to a group of female teachers who had to strive constantly for survival, but who also engaged in a struggle for the recognition of language teaching and research as a domain possessing its own specific scientific dignity. It was in such a context that Rosa Maria began experimenting with the innovative use of specific materials for the teaching of English as a second language, which culminated in the publication of, in collaboration with two of her colleagues, an innovative student guidebook entitled Reading as Communication (1981). It was through such efforts that, beginning in the early 1980s, Bologna became, also owing to the presence of eminent linguists such as Luigi Heilman and Luigi Rosiello, one of the centres in Italy of an “emancipation” process of language teaching and research; and that, from the “ancillary” position it had been confined to in relation to other disciplines (literature, law, medicine, political and social sciences, and so on), it became a fully dignified academic discipline. Rosa Maria was constantly on the front line in the furthering and promoting of this process, both as a teacher and as a researcher, and soon she became recognized as a key figure for language teaching and research within the University of Bologna.

Full recognition came in the late 1980s when the Advanced School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators of the University of Bologna was established in Forlì, largely through the vital contribution of Rosa Maria’s constant and passionate institutional engagement. She went on to become director of the school from 1992 to 1996, then head of the school’s Department of Interpretation and Translation from 1999 to 2005, and upon retirement, Rosa Maria was granted the prestigious position of Emerita.

Her teaching in Forlì was characterised by the elaboration of themes and methods for the teaching of English for specific purposes. Some of the courses she developed were: “Gender and Language”, “The Language of War”, “Multimedia Translation”, the “Language of Advertising”, the “Language of Politics”, and the “Language of Crime Fiction”. And these courses were often accompanied with and followed by essays published, and papers given at numerous conferences. It is within this context, and in the spirit of making students acquainted with the infinite possibilities of language and translation, that one of her most innovative projects took shape. In the early 1990s, Rosa Maria and Raffaella Baccolini were co-teaching a course on British and American legal language. In a week-end, early summer-time brain storming session at Rosa Maria’s seaside home in Marina Romea, near Ravenna, in trying to find strategies to make a course on rather dry legalese more engaging, they hit upon the idea of using films like the recently released, Presumed Innocence (1990), and classics like Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution (1957). While this idea was a great success in the classroom, having to deal with comparing the often dubbed-in-Italian films with original film scripts in English took on a life of its own. Before long, the topic of dubbing became the subject of numerous seminars, projects, conferences and publications, and as invariably happened with any of Rosa Maria’s research projects, it soon attracted other scholars who devoted attention to the same topic in different linguistic and cultural contexts, with the result that an entirely new research domain was established on multimedial and multicultural translation and dubbing in film and television.

It was no doubt Rosa Maria’s desire to make sure her students were acquainted with the challenges of the complex linguistic and multimedia messages surrounding us, and the desire to strengthen their capacity to decode their ambiguity that made Joyce a regular presence on the scene of her teaching activity, as well as on that of some of her colleagues. Indeed, the delicate samplings from complex literary texts which Rosa Maria offered in her courses, including those from Shakespeare, made of her classes an extremely enriching and gratifying experience for the students of Forlì.

Constantly on the side of invention and innovation, Rosa Maria generously donated her ideas and her time to younger scholars and shared them with colleagues to whom she transmitted her contagious enthusiasm: Adele, Chiara, Chris, Delia, Elena, Ira, Keith, Laura, Patrick, Raffaella, Sam, Serenella, Trudy,  and many others appear as her collaborators in the list of her publications; and the three works listed as forthcoming in her c.v. bear the names as co-authors of three of her student-colleagues: Elena, Ira, and Serenella. And with regard to her latest project—an examination of two unpublished Joyce manuscripts— which you will hear at this Conference from Serenella Zanotti, in the jointly elaborated paper entitled “A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Teacher” we have one more witness of her generosity living on, even beyond death.

By Nicoletta’s consent, Rosa Maria’s books on Joyce and on the twentieth-century novel, are now ready to be transferred to Forlì, and to the Ruffilli Library, where, once catalogued, they will join those donated by Bernie Benstock and by Luigi Schenoni. Her books will contribute in a significant way to the creation of one of the most substantial Joyce collections in Italy, equalled only by that of Giorgio Melchiori in the University Library of Roma Tre.

I believe I speak for all of Cicci’s friends in saying that I am sure that this is the proper destination of what her generosity would have imagined and wished for.

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Letters to Cicci and Shari by Carla Marengo Vaglio

Posted by James Joyce Italian Foundation on 15/07/2016

These are the messages Carla Marengo Vaglio dedicated to Rosa Maria Bollettieri Bosinelli and Shari during the last James Joyce Symposium held in London in June 2016.letter  Bosinelli Shari

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