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Participants do not need to know French or Italian to be able to participate in the workshop.

Session leader: Daniel Finch-Race (Bologna)

This session will draw on the environmental humanities in mulling over a handful of poems about front-line experiences of World War One in Guillaume Apollinaire’s Calligrammes [Calligrams] (1918) and Giuseppe Ungaretti’s L’allegria [Joy] (1931). In the session’s first part, recent translations of the source texts in French and Italian will serve as a basis for explorations of thematic and formal questions within the realm of ecopoetics, not least the precarious circumstances of the human compared to the more-than-human. The session’s second part is envisaged as an open conversation about similar poems encapsulating local/global conflicts across diverse contexts and languages – attendees are most welcome to bring materials to share with the group in any language, accompanied by a translation into English.

This session will involve small- and large-group discussions and those who register should be prepared to interact with the session leader and the other participants. Participants will also be expected to complete preparatory readings and view the recordings at the following link in advance of the session:

This session is part of the Convocation Seminars in World Literature and Translation. Co-convened with LINKS (London Intercollegiate Network for Comparative Studies)

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees 24 hours in advance.