Interested in Studying English Literature? Read 3 Reasons to Do So in Rome

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From the article “3 Reasons to Study English Literature in Rome” by JCU Admissions;

English literature is a challenging area of study that encourages students to develop advanced critical thinking, communication, analysis, and research skills. English lit students go on to apply these skills in a wide range of career paths including journalism, law, teaching, politics, publishing, arts and media, and business.

It’s no surprise that the professional applications of an English Literature degree are so diverse and wide-reaching. Students explore the historical and cultural contexts of each text they study, analyzing themes and connections, and debating those ideas with peers and professors. And at John Cabot University, English lit students examine works from the Anglo-Saxon period (about 410 – 1066), all the way up to the 21st century! (Read More…)

08 Jun 2015 | Tonight: A Reading by Essayist, Critic & Poet Maria Adelaide Basile

Adelaide Basile, Ph.D. Image from John Cabot University Website. Click to learn more about this event.

WHEN: Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Guarini Campus, Aula Magna

The Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation is pleased to welcome essayist and poet Maria Adelaide Basile, Ph.D. to read as a part of its Summer Institute Reading Series.  Basile has taught Italian language and literature at Rutgers University, the College of Charleston and John Cabot University in Rome. Basile has read papers at several conferences, and published several essays on Dante, Nievo, Manzoni, and the filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo.

Basile worked as a theater critic for several newspapers, and has translated and introduced the poems of the French poet Alain Bosquet, the American poets Anne Carson and Philiph Schultz (the last with the Monteverde Legge group). Her publications include several essays on the Italian writer Piero Sanavio and a collection of poems, Viaggi (Travels), Campanotto, November 2014. (From the John Cabot University Website).

June 2015 | A Month of Literary Events at JCU!

Carlos Dews (center), Director of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation, and Chair of the English Language and Literature Department.

Carlos Dews (center), Director of the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

If you are in Rome and love literature, then attending the events offered by John Cabot University’s Summer Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translations is a must!  Every week in June the Institute offers readings by renowned writers, such as the Institute’s Writer in Residence, Edmund White.  

Most events will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  For the current schedule, see below or visit our Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, 1 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a lecture by Oonagh Stranksy.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Matthew Kneale.

Monday, 8 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Adelaide Basile.

Monday, 15 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by the Faculty.

Monday, 22 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Michael Carroll.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, a reading by Students.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Craft Talk by Writer in Residence, Edmund White.

RSVP: cwinstitute@johncabot.edu

26 May 2015 | Reading by Author and Poet Kevin Brophy

Author Kevin Brophy. Image from John Cabot University Website. Click to read more about this event.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm  | WHERE: Guarini Campus, Aula Magna

Kevin Brophy, Ph.D. is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Melbourne, where he teaches poetry and short fiction.  Brophy is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and essays, most recently Walking: New and Selected Poems (John Leonard Press 2013), which was shortlisted for the WA Premiers Prize for Poetry. He was 2009 co-winner of the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay. His collection of short fiction, What Men and Women Do, was runner-up for the Christina Stead Award, and in 2005 he was awarded the Martha Richardson medal for poetry.  Read More…

28 Apr 2015 | Today at JCU: Reading by Author Jerry Ellis (Rome)

Author Jerry Ellis

WHERE: Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus – Via della Lungara 233

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28th,  6:30 PM -8:00 PM

The Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation is pleased to welcome author Jerry Ellis, who will be giving a reading in John Cabot University’s Aula Magna on Tuesday, April 28th.

Renowned as the first person in the modern world to complete the 900-mile Cherokee Trail of Tears, Jerry Ellis is the author of nine books, including  Walking the Trail, which was nominated by Random House for a Pulitzer Prize.  Ellis has had five plays produced, written for The New York Times, and lectured in Asia, Europe, Africa and the USA. He lives in both Rome and the USA.

(Information from the John Cabot University Website)

Please, visit the Institute of Creative Writing and Literary Translation’s Events Page to learn more about this event and others!

14 Apr 2015 | Join Us Tomorrow for a Reading by Poet David Starkey (Rome)

Starkey’s Latest Collection (2013). Click to learn more. (Image link via Amazon) 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

The Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation is pleased to welcome poet David Starkey. Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College, Starkey served as the city of Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and his work has been featured in many journals, including The American Scholar, The Georgia Review and The Southern Review.  (Source: John Cabot University Website)

Event will be in the Aula Magna Regina (Guarini Campus). 

Please, visit our Events page for more details about this event and others!

10 Feb 2015 | Reading by Annamaria Alfieri

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Next Tuesday, 10 February, 2015, the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation presents author of Strange Gods, Annamaria Alfieri.  Alfieri (who also writes under the pen name Patricia King) will be giving a reading at John Cabot University’s Guarini Campus in the Aula Magna.

When: Tuesday, Feb 10th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Where: John Cabot University, Guarini Campus

Connect with Annamaria Alfieri online via

Facebook, twitter, and her blog “Murder is Everywhere”

Bio from the author’s website.

“Annamaria Alfieri is the author of Strange Gods set in the burgeoning British East African town of Nairobi in 1911. Described as Out of Africa meets Agatha Christie, it captures the beauty and the danger of the African wild and the complexities of imposing a culture on a foreign land. Her previous historical mysteries, which are all set in South America, have garnered critical acclaim.”

 

10-15 Feb 2015 | Valentine’s with Shakespeare? Comedy of Errors at Teatro San Genesio (Rome)

Official Flyer. Performance in English by The Rome Savoyards.

Official Flyer. Performance in English by The Rome Savoyards.

From The Rome Savoyards:

One of William Shakespeare’s early play, written presumably between 1589 and 1594, The Comedy of Errors is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humour coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play.  Adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre, it tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth, leading to a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities, wrongful beatings, a near-seduction and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession.

A wonderful classic of the stage, providing some delightful entertainment!

Cast (in order of appearance):
Bruce McGuire, Lydia O’Kane, Lee Archer, Rick Breco, Rishad Noorani, Colin Clay, Ulan Iskakov, Gina Ferrain, Fabiana De Rose, Edwin Tavarez-Valentin, Michael Gilmartin, Carolyn Gouger, Gabrielle Chiararo, Shelagh Stuchbery and with Carla Wiegers

Directions to Teatro San Genesio:
The nearest metro stop to the theatre is Lepanto and from there, it is approximately a 500 metres’ walk. 
Alternatively, the 30, 88, 280, 495, 628 or 180 buses can be used to reach the theatre. 

3 Feb 2015 | Reading by Serbian Author Andrija Matić at JCU

Andrija Matić. Image from AndrijaMatic.com. Click to visit his website.

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:30pm, as a part of the Institute’s Reading Series, Serbian author Andrija Matić will be giving a reading at John Cabot University. Matić will be reading excerpts from his novels and short stories.

Matić has a Ph.D. in English Literature and he is the author of three novels, a collection of short stories, and a nonfiction book on T.S. Elliot. His latest work is the novel A Black in Five Images, published in 2013.

Tues., 3 Feb. 2015, 6:30-8:00p.m., Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus

John Cabot University, via della Lungara 233, Rome

Visit his website: AndrijaMatic.com

2-3 Feb 2015 | Annual James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference

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Entitled Yeats, Joyce and the Revival, this year’s conference will be held in Rome at Roma Tre University (Dipartmento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Straniere) on 2nd and 3rd of February.  The international conference celebrates the work of poet William Butler Yeats and marks the 150th anniversary of his birth.  Included among the many speakers is Professor Matthew Campbell of University of York, who is also the associate director of the Annual Yeats Summer School.

Please, visit Wanted in Rome for more details.