Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature

Edited by Giorgia Alù and Nancy Pedri

© 2015

Enlightening Encounters traces the impact of photography on Italian literature from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day. Investigating the ways in which Italian literature has responded to photographic practice and aesthetics, the contributors use a wide range of theoretical perspectives to examine a variety of canonical and non-canonical authors and a broad selection of literary genres, including fiction, autobiography, photo-texts, and migration literature. The first collection in English to focus on photography’s reciprocal relationship to Italian literature, Enlightening Encounters represents an important resource for a number of fields, including Italian studies, literary studies, visual studies, and cultural studies.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 16
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.2in x 9.3in
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Enlightening Encounters traces the impact of photography on Italian literature from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day.

Enlightening Encounters: Photography in Italian Literature

Edited by Giorgia Alù and Nancy Pedri

© 2015

Enlightening Encounters traces the impact of photography on Italian literature from the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day. Investigating the ways in which Italian literature has responded to photographic practice and aesthetics, the contributors use a wide range of theoretical perspectives to examine a variety of canonical and non-canonical authors and a broad selection of literary genres, including fiction, autobiography, photo-texts, and migration literature. The first collection in English to focus on photography’s reciprocal relationship to Italian literature, Enlightening Encounters represents an important resource for a number of fields, including Italian studies, literary studies, visual studies, and cultural studies.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 16
  • Dimensions: 6.4in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘A groundbreaking exploration of the impact of photography on Italian literary texts, published from mid-19th century onward… Essential.’


    C. De. Santi
    Choice Magazine vol 53:01:2015

    “Alù and Pedri’s Enlightening Encounters is an illuminating work that will be useful to students and scholars working on Italian literature, the relations between literature and visual arts, and European modernity and (post)modernism. It is rich in ideas and stimulating analyses on the relationship between Italian literature and photography.”
    Michael Syrimis, Department of French and Italian, Tulane University
  • Author Information

    Giorgia Alù teaches in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Sydney.


    Nancy Pedri is an associate professor in the Department of English at Memorial University.
  • Table of contents

    Photo-Literary Encounters in Italy (Giorgia Alù and Nancy Pedri)

    Part One: The Lure of Photography

    1. Spectres of Photography: Photography, Literature, and the Social Sciences in Fin-de-Siècle Italy (Maria Grazia Lolla)

    2. Authoring Images: Italo Calvino, Gianni Celati, and Photography as Literary Art (Pasquale Verdicchio)

    3. Fossati’s and Messori’s Vision of Landscape in Viaggio in un paesaggio terrestre (Marina Spunta)

    Part Two: Photography Structuring Narrative

    4. The Fiction of Photography: Vittorio Imbriani’s Merope IV – Sogni e fantasie di Quattr’Asterischi (1867) (Sarah A. Carey)

    5. Narrated Photographs and the Collapse of Time and Space in Erri De Luca’s Non ora, non qui (Nancy Pedri)

    Part Three: Narrated Photographs and Photographs Narrating

    6. Photo-Poems: Visual Impact Strategies and Photo-Story in the Work of Mario Giacomelli and Luigi Crocenzi (Marco Andreani)

    7. What the Writer Saw (and the Camera Didn’t): Antonio Tabucchi’s Notturno indiano and Daniele Del Giudice’s Lo stadio di Wimbledon (Donata Panizza)

    8. Photographs Illustrating and Photographs Telling: Exercises in Reading Lalla Romano and Elio Vittorini (Epifanio Ajello)

    Part Four: Through the Lens

    9. Narrative Scopophilia as Seen through the Lens of a Photographic Camera: Intersemiotic Translation and Voyeurism in L’uomo che guarda (1985) (Mariarita Martino)

    10. Photography into the Limelight: Andrea De Carlo’s Treno di panna (Sarah Patricia Hill)

    11. Looking through Coloured Shards: Words and Images in Ornela Vorpsi’s Works (Giorgia Alù)

    Writing with Light: Concluding Remarks (Giorgia Alù And Nancy Pedri)

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