Seminar by Brigid Maher (La Trobe University)

“From one moment to the next we are no longer ourselves” The 1980s as a decade of transformation in Nicola Lagioia’s Riportando tutto a casa, Brigid Maher (La Trobe University), April 30 2013, 5.30pm, Italian Institute of Culture, 233 Domain Rd, South Yarra

 The 1980s brought considerable change to Italy: greater affluence in some sectors of society, the advent of commercial television, increased globalization and Americanization, and some significant technological developments. In this talk I will explore how these different kinds of transformation are portrayed and critiqued in Nicola Lagioia’s 2011 novel Riportando tutto a casa. Starting out with the arrival in Italian homes of the television comedy show Drive In (“the laughter that was to bury us all”), the novel depicts the period as one of both personal transformation – these are the narrator’s formative years – and societal transformation, as new sources of wealth and status coalesce with historically rooted phenomena such as a culture of favours and the problem of organized crime. I will also touch upon some of the challenges that come up in translating this cultural and historical milieu into English.

This event is presented by RISM.