Objects of art and the use artifice appear throughout Italian literature and film. Paolo and Francesca’s demise over the pages of the Galeotto, Goldoni’s Teatro comico, the obsession of Fogazzaro’s femme fatale Marina di Malombra with foreign novels, and the film of the Passion within Pasolini’s film La ricotta are just a few examples of how artists articulate ideas about art and express forms of artifice within the diegetic universe. How does the artistry of writers, playwrights, and directors articulate philosophical, social, cultural, political, and critical ideas about the medium of art itself and beyond? Why and to what ends do literature, theater, and film assume and demonstrate auto-referential and self-critical lenses? Any topic from the conference sub-themes (listed here http://www.luc.edu/mmla/annualconvention.html) will also be considered. Contributions from all centuries and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Please send abstracts of 200 – 300 words to Christina Petraglia, email@example.com by May 31, 2013.
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