D. H. Lawrence's Etruscan Places and the Rise of Italian Fascism

Lecture | November 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stefania Michelucci, University of Genoa, Italy

 Institute of European Studies, Department of English

In 1926 and 1927, the British writer D.H. Lawrence visited some Etruscan sites with an American friend, the painter Earl Brewster, and seriously considered the Etruscans as a possible subject for a book which had to be “half travel-book, scientific too.” In this lecture, Professor Stefania Michelucci will discuss how Lawrence's visit turned into an opportunity to reveal the dichotomy between two worlds: the world above (Italy in the late 1920s), a prey to decay and degradation, imbued with Fascist propaganda, moving towards a totalitarian regime which was to lead Italy into one of its darkest ages and to its utter devastation from World War II; and the world below, which safeguards a lost culture and civilization, whose life was based on a harmonious relationship between the self and one’s
fellow beings and the cosmos.

Stefania Michelucci is Professor of English Studies at the University of Genoa (Italy). Her publications include The Poetry of Thom Gunn: A Critical Study, (2009), Space and Place in the Works of D.H. Lawrence (2002), the critical edition of Twilight in Italy and Other Essays by D.H. Lawrence (1997), and numerous articles on 19th and 20th century authors, with particular attention to the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Current research include a volume on Representations of the British Aristocracy, 19th century-present (2020) and a study of E.M. Forster’s translation of otherness. She has been a Visiting Scholar and has lectured in many universities all over the world, including University of California, Berkeley, University of New Mexico, USA, Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK, Paris X, France, University of Zululand, South Africa, Keio University and Kyoto Tachibana University, Japan.

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