Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – February 2018

This February, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Giovanna Summerfield has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Giovanna, a Professor in Italian and French, currently serves as the Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, USA.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Giovanna’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

Professor Giovanna Summerfield’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema

Editors: Loredana Di Martino and Pasquale Verdicchio.

This volume explores the Italian contribution to the current global phenomenon of a “return to reality” by examining the country’s rich cultural production in literature and cinema. The resulting interactions will aid the reader in understanding how the critical arts respond to the triumph of hyperrealism in the current era of the virtual spectacle.

“The volume ‘Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema’ is not only an exploration of the contemporary literary and cinematic works contributing to a “return to reality” to raise awareness and have a social impact on readers or viewers, but also an invitation to scan our own minds and souls as artists and art lovers to become changers. In Italian cinema and literature, we have a very rich legacy of changers, artists who did not use the writing or cinematic medium as entertainment but as a social engagement. This volume’s contributors showcase here a series of wonderful current examples, like Prunetti and Valenti, Piccinni and Foschini, Scurati and Siti as well as Saviano and Crialese, Garrone and Sorrentino, Marazzi and Taviani. As we are continuously bombarded by ways of distracting and enjoying ourselves, the theories and works presented here delightfully bring back the crucial mission of impegno (engagement). This is definitely a book and a topic that are paramount in our classrooms, our cultural centers, and our own living rooms.” 

For further information on Professor Summerfield, please click here.


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