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18 May 2006
English Dept. Lecture Series Features
Italian Professor Sergia Adamo

The English Department Lecture Series announces the upcoming lecture by Italian Professor Sergia Adamo entitled "J.M. Coetzee, William Kentridge, and the Influence of Italo Svevo." Professor Adamo's presentation will investigate the relationship between the way these three writers envisioned the human condition.

J.M. Coetzee, a native of South Africa, is the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature. His works reflect on writing of the Moderns, like James Joyce. William Kentridge is a South African artist, and like Coetzee's writings, his artwork contemplates humanity in the Modern world. Italo Svevo wrote during the Modern period; his most famous work The Confessions of Zeno was published in 1923. Svevo was a close associate of Irish Modernist James Joyce.

Professor Adamo is a professor of Italian at the University of Trieste, Italy, with a specialization in relations between Russian and Italian culture. She is presently on a Fulbright fellowship, which has brought her to Cornell for a study of literature and law. The Fulbright Foundation is, in fact, sponsoring her trip to Jacksonville. She is one of the editors of Aghios, an annual dedicated to the life and work of Italo Svevo, Trieste's greatest writer, and among the greatest novelists of the modern period.

The lecture is being held at Houston Cole Library, Room 1103A on Wednesday, May 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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