Weaving Media in Modern and Contemporary Italian Poetry is a new seminar series organized by the Department of Italian at Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with Interdisciplinary Italy, featuring scholars from all around Europe. The first talk will be delivered jointly by Professors John P, Welle (University of Notre Dame) and Federico Pacchioni on the collaboration between the filmmaker Federico Fellini and the poet Andrea Zanzotto.
From the online brochure: “Intermediality becomes one of the dominant strains in Italian poetry from the 1960s onward. Andrea Zanzotto’s contributions to this trend are paramount. An analysis of the presence of other forms of art and media in his verse, which is the definition of ‘intermediality,’ sheds new light on this tendency in general, and on his work in particular. For his part, Federico Fellini, who was dubbed ‘il magico Federico,’ by Zanzotto, has created a distinctive body of films that are characterized by his collaborations with writers and poets, including his longtime friend, Andrea Zanzotto. Within this framework, John P. Welle and Federico Pacchioni will discuss intermediality as it pertains to these two magisterial figures in modern Italian culture. Specific references to Fellini’s cinema in Zanzotto’s poetry and the incorporation of the latter’s verses and songs in the director’s films will be highlighted.”