This was a joint talk on a recently published book, Resistance in Italian Culture from Dante to the 21st Century (Florence: Cesati, 2019), co-edited by Dr Ambra Moroncini and co-written with Dr Olivia Santovetti, among others. The book brings together nineteen studies exploring original research on the concept of resistance in Italian culture from the 14th century to the present day. What emerges is a plurality of voices, creative endeavours, subversive practices, and strategies of civic and political engagement. The unifying theme of resistance foregrounds a poetics and theory of opposition and conflict whilst simultaneously manifesting the determination to question all attempts to impose religious, cultural, ideological, political, and societal hegemony. The talk focused on the legacy of Dante in Renaissance Italy, and on the work of Elena Ferrante, the successful contemporary Italian novelist.
Speakers included: Dr Ambra Moroncini, MAH, University of Sussex, Dr Olivia Santovetti, University of Leeds.