Matteo Billeri, A Feminist on Futurism: Sibilla Aleramo’s Il futurismo italiano (MS, 1913)
Abstract: In 1913 Sibilla Aleramo, Italy’s first feminist intellectual and author of the iconic novel Una donna (‘A Woman’, 1906), submitted an article on Italian Futurism to the Russian journal Russkaja mysl’ (‘Russian Thought’), where it appeared in translation. Considered lost until today, the original Italian text has never been published, and an Italian translation from the Russian version was made available only in 1973. Last April, while conducting an unrelated research project at the Getty Research Institute Library in Los Angeles, I happened upon Aleramo’s autograph of Il futurismo italiano among the papers of Futurist painter Umberto Boccioni, with whom Aleramo had had a brief, heartbreaking affair. In my presentation, I will discuss Aleramo's text and its complicated history.
Bio: Matteo Billeri is a PhD dissertator in Italian. He received his B.A. in Italian Studies and his M.A. in Modern Philology, both from the University of Florence, Italy. His interests focus especially on modernism, the avant-garde, and visual culture. He recently published articles in L’avventura: International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscape, and Paragone. Currently, he is completing his dissertation on modern Italian literature and the development of a discourse on clothes.
Jarmila Sawicka, Evaluating the Efficiency of Blended vs Face-to-Face Learning in French 347 and 348
Abstract: As blended learning gains popularity in secondary education, its efficiency, in relation to traditional learning, becomes of interest to instructors and researchers alike. This presentation will discuss the evaluation of two parallel courses, one blended and one face-to-face, and attempt to determine which of them achieved the course goals and met student needs. Student outcomes are statistically similar in the two classes, showing that the two approaches are comparable. In terms of student satisfaction, online learning was more divisive, though some students appreciated the same aspects that others disliked. This presentation will explore why blended learning remains a worthwhile approach to pursue and implement despite its challenges.
Bio: Jarmila Sawicka is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in French literature and historical musicology. She has a B.A. from Xavier University and an MA in French Literature with a minor Second Language Acquisition from Ohio State University. She is writing her dissertation on jazz as resistance in contemporary French and francophone novels.
Jelena Todorovic, Dante and His Heretics: A Historical Perspective
Abstract: As Robert Moore writes, “Heresy, like beauty, lies in the eyes of the beholder.” Indeed, as contexts change, the defining traits of heresy change with them. What is marked as heretical behavior is often—almost always—determined by the elites in power, who in doing so attempt to hold to that power. This paper will seek answers to several questions which will aim to first clarify the origins of Dante’s definition of heresy (heretics as those who “l'anima col corpo morta fanno” [“hold the soul dies with the body,” Inf. X, 14]), and, second, to examine the ways in which this definition was used by Dante’s readers.
Bio: Jelena Todorović received her B.A. from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington. Currently she serves as Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests span from medieval Latin, Old Occitan and Italian poetry, to material philology, textual criticism, history of the book. Her essays on Dante’s Vita Nova in its manuscript and printed traditions, on Boccaccio’s editorial activity, and his Decameron were published or are forthcoming in Studi danteschi, Dante Studies, Heliotropia, Boccaccio in America, Lectura Boccaccii, Boccaccio filologo-filosofo, Medioevo letterario d’Italia, etc. She authored a monograph titled Dante and the Dynamics of Textual Exchange: Authorship, Manuscript Culture, and the Making of the 'Vita Nova' (Fordham University Press, 2016) and has co-edited with Ernesto Livorni the volume titled Petrarch and His Legacies (forthcoming with the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Currently she is working on a volume tentatively titled Book Editing from Authority to Authenticity and Back, dealing with the circulation of medieval texts in the print culture.