Dante's Plurilingualism: Authority, Vulgarization, Subjectivity


ICI Berlin, 2-4 April 2009

Concept/Organisation: Sara Fortuna, Manuele Gragnolati, Jürgen Trabant

Supported by the VolkswagenStiftung



Riscrivere Dante in un'altra lingua
Reading from Nel regno oscuro by Giorgio Pressburger and Conversation with the Author

2 April 2009

The Jewish, Hungarian-born writer Giorgio Pressburger is one of the most established contemporary novelists in Europe. Two are the main reasons for which we have decided to organize a critical discussion with Pressburger around some of the crucial themes addressed in this Dante conference, in particular the relationship between language and subjectivity: he does not write in his native Hungarian but in adoptive Italian, and has often reflected about this linguistic choice; and he has just completed a novel inspired by Dante’s Inferno, Viaggio nel regno oscuro (“Journey into the Dark Realm”), whose subjective character is symbolized by the author’s choice to replace Virgil as a guide with Freud, and to consider his otherworldly journey as a way not only to reconfigure reality but also to come to terms with the loss of one’s beloved.

(organized and moderated by Laura Lepschy with the collaboration of Emma Bond and Manuele Gragnolati, in Italian)

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