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Annual Society for Pirandello Studies SPS Conference, 2022
Meta-Story a Hundred Years On: Beyond Short Fiction in Pirandello


The annual one-day conference of the Society for Pirandello Studies aims to embrace a wide variety of methods and approaches to Pirandello’s oeuvre, and to bring together theatre professionals, critics and scholars representing a range of disciplines. In the centenary of Nobel-prize-winning playwright Pirandello’s project for short fiction, Novelle per un anno, this year’s conference sheds light on Pirandello’s metafiction and its relation to more recent practices of (fiction/theatre) storytelling.

PROGRAMME (pdf)
10:00 Registration and coffee/tea

Bittersharp Metafiction/al\i/tie(s) (chair: SPS hon. Secretary Matthew Mild, Keele)
10:15 Matthew Mild (Keele) “The Shadow Pyre of Pathography: Pirandellian Fire Mirrors of Sadeian-Lovecraftian-Hoffmannian Pain/Porn/Pun(ch)-In-Acting Phantom DeLight”
10:45 Silvia Annavini (Trento) “There’s Someone Laughing: Pirandello, Benjamin and the Allegory of History”
11:15 Bart Van Den Bossche (Leuven) “Un preteso poeta umorista? Self-portraits of an Author as a Young Poet”

11:45 Coffee/tea

Sourshort Role-play Edge (chair: SPS President John Barnes, Dublin)
12:00 Julie Dashwood (Cambridge) “Pirandello and the Haunted House”
12:30 Alessandro De Laurentiis (Pisa) “Umorismo, Metafiction and Misunderstandings of Female Otherness in Candelora”
13:00 Valeria Taddei (Oxford) “Romantic Dédoublement and Permanent Metafiction: Pirandello & Paul De Man”

13.30 Lunch

Will-o’-the-wisp Sample of Roundabout (chairs: John Barnes & Matthew Mild)
15:00 Luisa Bonanni (Rome) “Si gira: The Illusion of Art and the Philosophy of Naked Life”
15:30 Joe Farrell (Strathclyde) “Sciascia’s Pirandello: The Sicilian Heart"
16:00 Alessio Aletta (Toronto) “From Bombolo to Cotrone: Variations on a Pirandellian Archetype”

16.30 President’s closing remarks


Registration (closes 11 Sept 2022)
Member of the Society for Pirandello Studies | £17
Standard (non-Members) | £20
Student | £5