The Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia

The Center for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

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The Cavalieri Society of Philadelphia

The Institute of Italian Culture in Washington D.C.
Working Papers, University of Pennsylvania





"Beyond Beyond".

Who’s Afraid of Poetry?


a round table about poetry.


 with the distinguished participation of:


Paolo Valesio

Giuseppe Ungaretti Professor of Italian Literature

Columbia University


Bob Perelman

Associate Chair, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania


Stefania Benini

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages; Undergraduate Chair, Italian





5:00pm Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cherpack Conference and Seminar Room

543 Williams Hall

255 South 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania

Reception to follow


Open to the Public

 Before joining the Department of Italian at Columbia University, where he became the Giuseppe Ungaretti Professor in Italian Literature in 2005, Paolo Valesio retired as an emeritus professor from Yale University, where he taught for more than a quarter century, and where for most of this period he was Chair of the Italian Department. Prior to that he taught at New York University, after having studied general linguistics and literature at Bologna University and Harvard University. He has been a Fellow of the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Fellow of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. He has also been honorary president of the American Association of Italian Studies. The author of numerous critical essays and articles, Valesio has published five books of criticism, fourteen collections of poetry, two novels, one collection of short stories, a novella, and a drama in verse which has been staged in Italy. Paolo Valesio has founded and coordinated from 1993 to 2004 the "Yale Poetry Group." He collaborates with several Italian and American critical journals, as well as Italian magazines and newspapers. He founded and directed the journal Yale Italian Poetry (YIP) which will now be published at Columbia University and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University with a new title, Italian Poetry Review. Paolo Valesio's areas of teaching and research include the literature of the 19th and 20th century, rhetoric in its connection with literary analysis and with spirituality, as well as comparative approaches to contemporary Italian literature, and the theory and practice of creative writing.


Bob Perelman has published over 15 volumes of poetry, most recently The Future of Memory (Roof Books) and Ten to One: Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). His critical work focuses on poetry and modernism. His critical books are The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History (Princeton University Press) and The Trouble with Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein, and Zukofsky (University of California Press). He has edited Writing/Talks (Southern Illinois University Press), a collection of talks by poets.

Stefania Benini's research focus in Italian literature involves Medievalism, from literature to cinema and theatre. Other topics of interests include Dante, Italian women’s poetry, and literary translation. She has published essays on Dante and Tommaso Landolfi, and is currently working on articles on Amelia Rosselli, Pier Paolo Pasolini and cinematic adaptation, together with a volume on a “sacrificial” reading of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s works. She has edited an anthology on cyberpunk writers and translated in Italian works of Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Jack Kerouac.

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