Fascism and Literature: Ignazio Silone’s Novel Pane e Vino Explored with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski

Fascism and Literature: Ignazio Silone’s Novel Pane e Vino Explored with Dr. Kristin Stasiowski


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Description

“How pitiful is an intelligence used only to make excuses to quieten the conscience,” writes Ignazio Silone in his remarkable novel Pane e Vino (Bread and Wine). Written in 1937 and revised in 1955, this central novel of the famous Abruzzo Trilogy (which includes Fontamara and The Seed Beneath the Snow) offers readers a unique view into the clash of values between the political elite and the farmers and peasants in the rural villages of one of Italy’s most desolate, impoverished regions. Understood to be a political fable, Silone’s masterpiece tells the tale of Pietro Spina, an anti-Fascist revolutionary taking refuge amongst the villagers of his homeland as he pretends to be a local priest. 

Led by an expert in Italian literature and culture, Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to Silone’s view of Italian Fascism through an in-depth discussion of the intellectual, historical, and political contexts central to the novel Pane e Vino. We will introduce readers to the major themes of Pane e Vino against the backdrop of the historical reality of the political and philosophical climate in Fascist Italy in the aim of unraveling the complex mythology surrounding this towering figure of 20th century thought. 

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Silone’s importance to 20th century Italian literature. 
About Your Expert

Kristin Stasiowski, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of International Programs and Education Abroad for the College of Arts and Sciences and is also an Assistant Professor of Italian Language and Literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Kent State University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Italian Language and Literature and has taught Italian language, literature, cinema, history, and culture in both Florence, Italy, and at Kent State. She recently published a chapter entitled "A Divine Comedy for All Time: Dante's Enduring Relevance for the Contemporary Reader" in Italian Pop Culture: Media, Product, Imageries. Rome, Italy: Viella Editrice s.r.. Her current research is focused on Dante, Boccaccio, and the modern poet Clemente Rebora.

Audience

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Cynthia (Maisons-Laffitte, FR)
Brilliant, as always !

A new author to explore is always welcome, particularly in the capable hands of Dr. Stasiowski. I had never heard of Silone but now am very motivated to learn more about him.

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Julie Raffkind (Dallas, US)
Great Insights!

As always Dr. Kristin Stasiowski delivers! Professor Stasiowski captivated us with the relevance of this book, Vino e Pane which was written in the 1930s, with respect to current events. I especially appreciated the illustrations, photos and excerpts in her presentation.

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Teresa (San Diego, US)
Unpacking a Jampacked Book

In 90 minutes Dr. Stasiowski unpacked a wealth of meaning from the jampacked Pane e Vino. Initially, I thought the many text-heavy slides she used would be stultifying but I was wrong. Silone’s novel is about people hiding behind ideas hiding behind words. Seeing and hearing his words simultaneously immersed in Silone’s beliefs about the power of symbology. This was one of the most useful lectures I’ve ever attended.

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Cynthia (Maisons-Laffitte, FR)
Brilliant, as always !

A new author to explore is always welcome, particularly in the capable hands of Dr. Stasiowski. I had never heard of Silone but now am very motivated to learn more about him.

J
Julie Raffkind (Dallas, US)
Great Insights!

As always Dr. Kristin Stasiowski delivers! Professor Stasiowski captivated us with the relevance of this book, Vino e Pane which was written in the 1930s, with respect to current events. I especially appreciated the illustrations, photos and excerpts in her presentation.

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Teresa (San Diego, US)
Unpacking a Jampacked Book

In 90 minutes Dr. Stasiowski unpacked a wealth of meaning from the jampacked Pane e Vino. Initially, I thought the many text-heavy slides she used would be stultifying but I was wrong. Silone’s novel is about people hiding behind ideas hiding behind words. Seeing and hearing his words simultaneously immersed in Silone’s beliefs about the power of symbology. This was one of the most useful lectures I’ve ever attended.