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Screen Media Group presents: Prof. Zyg Baranski on Roberto Rossellini's 'Un Pilota Ritorno'

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‘Roberto Rossellini’s Un Pilota Ritorno: Ethics, Realism, Propaganda’ examines the ways in which Rossellini’s 1942 film undercuts its apparent propagandist aims by drawing on a wide range of cinematic genres and by introducing marked shifts and contrasts in its structure. Indeed, rather than serve fascist war aims, “Un pilota ritorna” calls into question various aspects of fascist policy, granting primacy to ethics over politics, and recognizing the importance of pluralism.

Professor Baranski (Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge)is among the world’s leading authorities on Dante, medieval Italian literature, medieval poetics, and modern Italian literature, film, and culture. His publications include Petrarch and Dante. Anti-Dantism, Metaphysics, Tradition (Co-editor Theodore Cachey. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009); “Chiosar con altro testo”. Leggere Dante nel Trecento (Florence: Cadmo, 2001); Dante e i segni. Saggi per una storia intellettuale di Dante (Naples: Liguori, 2000); Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Co-editor Rebecca West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001); Pasolini Old and New. Surveys and Studies (Ed. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1999); “Sole nuovo, luce nuova” Saggi sul rinnovamento culturale in Dante (Turin: Scriptorium, 1996).

This seminar will be the second in this year’s series on Mnemotechnics and the Archive, which considers the ways in whichindividual, institutional and social memories have been understood to relate to media forms that participate in theirinscription, subversion, perpetuation and effacement.

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