Events Calendar
Dec 13
16:00 - 17:00
From Love to Tragedy: The Wounds of Religious Fanaticism and Hatred
Centre for Modern European Literature Seminar
Dr Alessandro Perissinotto (University of Turin / novelist)

Italian author Alessandro Perissinotto (University of Turin) will be present for a seminar debate on contemporary Italy and Europe, drawing on the themes from his novel Semina il vento [For They Have Sown the Wind] (2013), that will address topical themes such as the controversy on burkinis.

The session will include students from the module IT576: Representations of Gender in Contemporary Italy, chaired by Wissia Fiorucci and introduced by Kealey Chapman, who is currently reading for a BA in Italian and French.

Semina il vento is set between 2009 and 2010 in Northern Italy, but begins in areas of Paris where Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism flourished prior to the attacks in Paris and Nice. At the centre of the story is Shirin, a young French woman of Iranian origins, educated, independent and atheist. She moves to northern Italy for love, where she is met with racist hatred, machismo and the shadow of the Italian Northern League, the xenophobic party that has occupied a prominent place in Italian politics since the early 1990s. Shirin attempts to defend herself by turning back to her once-rejected roots – radical Islamism – a choice that causes a crucial change in her identity as a woman, and in her idea of women's role in society.

The event has been kindly funded by the Centre for Modern European Literature.

Registration required; please email Dr Wissia Fiorucci (email below).


Lecture Theatre 3,
Darwin College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Wissia Fiorucci


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