Lecture: "Modernism at War: Pirandello and the Crisis of Cultural Identity"


Location: Rare Books and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

In this presentation, Michael Subialka argues for a reconsideration of the role of philosophical reason in Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello’s works by reading two of his short stories written during WWI together with his later theatrical work, including Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Michael Subialka, a graduate of Notre Dame, is the Powys Roberts Research Fellow in European Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, specializing in modern Italian literature and culture. His published work includes studies and translations of Pirandello, as well as work on late-Renaissance and Baroque Italian culture and thought. His current book project, Italian Modernism in a European Context: The Legacies of German Idealism, positions various Italian writers and thinkers in terms of the political and aesthetic reception of German thought and argues for a transnational vision of Italian modernism.

Co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies; the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre; and Italian Studies at Notre Dame.