Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Giacomo Leopardi and the Uncomfortable Truth: The Zibaldone as a Pre-modern Hypertext
  • Lecture
  • 11/11/2015
  • 17:00-18:30
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Host: Department of French and Italian, Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Research Library, Hall Center for the Humanities
Event Description
Professor Franco D’Intino, University of Rome – Sapienza, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Leopardi Centre at the University of Birmingham, UK, discusses the life and legacy of poet Giacomo Leopardi through his notebooks published in Italian in 1898 under the name “Zibaldone”, which loosely translates to “miscellany” or “hodgepodge”. D’Intino served as co-editor of the 2013 English translation of this monumental work. Spanning some 4,500 pages, Leopardi’s writings reflect his radically modern ideas about religion, philosophy, language, history, anthropology, astronomy, literature, poetry, and love. The lecture includes a bilingual reading from the "Zibaldone". A reception will follow. This lecture is presented in conjunction with a screening of the biopic film Leopardi (Il giovane favoloso) on November 9 at 7 PM, Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.