COMPARATIVE ITALIAN STUDIES? – Call for papers for AAIS panel

The field of comparative literary studies is often centered on English-language perspectives. In the United States, Italian has tended to remain somewhat peripheral for Comparative Literature. But with Italian Studies’ increased investment in comparative frameworks and the growing popular attention to contemporary Italian authors in English translation, both Italian’s role in comparative literature and comparative approaches in Italian studies appear to be shifting. What particular challenges and opportunities does comparative work in Italian Studies present? These connected panels, taking place virtually and in Bologna, will offer a series of case studies of comparative works that include broader reflections on the field. Please send a short abstract and brief bio to the co-organizers by January 31st, specifying if you plan to participate virtually or in Bologna.

Co-Organizer: Ramsey McGlazer, University of California, Berkeley,

Co-Organizer: Saskia Ziolkowski, Duke University,

Online: May 13-14-15, 2022
In-person: Bologna, May 29-June 1, 2022