Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London, CT
7-8 p.m., Contact: Madhu Gupta 8604471411 email@example.com
Paola Sica will be taking about his book Futurist Women: Florence, Futurism and the New Sciences.
Futurism is once again ascendant. The Futurist aesthetics speaks powerfully and suggestively to contemporary debates about gender and fuels speculations about the posthuman condition. This aesthetics, as that of other international avant-garde movements, originated in specific geographical areas, but was modified by continuous negotiation with external trends. This study initially focuses on the local: the making of the self in the work by the women writers and artists who were affiliated with the journal L’Italia futurista during World War I in Florence. But then it broadens its field of inquiry to the global. It compares the achievements of these women with those of key precursors and followers. It also conceives these women’s work as an ongoing dialogue with contemporary political and scientific trends in Europe and North America, especially first wave feminism, eugenics, naturism and esotericism.
Paola Sica is Professor and Chair of Italian Studies at Connecticut College, USA. Her publications, both in English and Italian, include a book on comparative modernism, Modernist Forms of Rejuvenation: Eugenio Montale and T.S. Eliot (2003), and various articles on twentieth-century literature and culture - especially modernism and the avant-garde - in such journals as Italica, Annali d'Italianistica, Modern Language Note, Yale Italian Poetry, Quaderni d'italianistica and Italian Quarterly. She has presented her work in numerous academic and cultural settings internationally, including the MLA convention and Columbia University in the United States; the ISSEI conference in Helsinki, Finland; Queen Mary, University of London, UK Istituto di Cultura Italiana in Toronto; and Dante Alighieri in Italy and the United States.