Voglio morire! Suicide in Italian Literature, Culture, and Society 1789-1919
Suicide played a fundamental role in the Italian cultural and political scene during the long nineteenth century, from the French revolution to the end of World War I.
From the literary suicide of Foscolo's Ortis to the suicide of renown novelist Emilio Salgari in 1911, to the several suicides of soldiers and civilians that took place in World War I, the birth of modern and unified Italy is marked by a huge number of voluntary deaths. They occurred among patriots as well as among the populations of the free and sovereign States occupied by the Savoy troops before and
after 1861. Suicide struck Cavour's life and that of many other founding fathers of unified Italy, and became an object of reflexion as well as of scientific inquiry,
in the aftermath of E. Durkheim's seminal work on suicide in sociology, which gave birth to sociology itself. Suicide played a major role in ltalian literature from Romanticism to "Scapigliatura" and beyond.
We are calling for paper proposals on any aspect (literary, social, philosophical, artistic) of suicide in the long nineteenth century. Proposals will be selected and
the authors accepted will have to write an article, in English, within the end of 2011, of 4500-6500 words including footnote. Authors will receive 6 free copies of the book that will be published by a major scholarly publishing house within the end of 2012.
Proposals, of 300 words, must be sent within the end of May to:
Anita Virga (University of Connecticut): email@example.com
Paolo L. Bernardini (University of Insubria): firstname.lastname@example.org
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