Symposium: Leonardo Sciascia: the power of (counter) narrative, the (…)

Symposium: Leonardo Sciascia: the power of the (counter) narrative, the (counter) narrative of Power

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 December 2021

From 9:30 a.m.

Amphi Y1.008 • La Garde campus

Faculty of Letters, Languages ​​and Human Sciences

International conference organized by the BABEL Laboratory, University of Toulon

(In partnership with Leonardo Sciascia’s Friends and Sciasciano Centenary National Committee)

Leonardo Sciascia (1921 – 1989) is, among the major Italian intellectuals of the twentieth century, one of the most translated, read and studied in France as well as in many other countries around the world. A teacher, poet, journalist, writer, essayist, playwright, art critic and politician, he marked, through his enlightening and destabilizing writings, the intellectual, social and political life of contemporary Italy.

Particularly rich, complex and diverse, his work – composed of poems, narrative works, journalistic surveys, essays on literature and the arts, or even political activities – can be approached, in its entirety, from the light of a common thread which, in our eyes, constitutes the framework and the fundamental approach: to analyze reality in depth in order to contribute to the knowledge of the truth and to the awakening of conscience.

His analyzes are often presented as a description and a denunciation that is both polemical and critical, but always lucid. They propose to unveil the workings and plans of an oppressive and mystifying “Power machine” which is unfolding in many areas of society, affecting it at several levels and in different ways, as well in the milieu. family and mafia, in the political, legal and religious world, as in the literary, artistic and cultural world, more generally.

The Sicilian author, through disturbing and emblematic stories, a dry and incisive prose, a precise and evocative language, a provocative and unconventional style, also shows us the liberating and cognitive power of the narrative, by virtue of which he explores, under the a versatile form of investigative inquiry, and sometimes in a metaphorical or parodic way, the ambiguous and misleading relationship of man with society and with himself, in order to shed light on it in a more conscious and truthful light.

Building on this vision and driven by this approach, it is essentially out of a concern for civic engagement and in order to work for a more responsible change in the way people think and act in society that the teacher becomes a writer, the journalist becomes the polemicist, the essayist becomes a politician.

This colloquium proposes to carry out a broad and interdisciplinary study of the intellectual and political profile of Sciascia, while starting from the conviction that it is only by taking into account the various contributions coming from several fields of research – ranging from literature to the arts, from linguistics to journalism, from education to law, from history to political science – that it is possible to identify the still unseen meanings of a work that never ceases to question us and offer us the keys useful reading to better understand the present by the past.

steering committee

  • Giuseppe Lovito (University of Toulon)
  • Andrea Verri (Ca ‘Foscari University, Venice)
  • Simone Visciola (University of Toulon)

With the collaboration of :

  • Marie Mantero (University of Toulon)
  • Candice Laffont (University of Toulon)
  • Mattia Ringozzi (University of Toulon)

Scientific committee

  • Marino Biondi (University of Florence)
  • Nicolas Bonnet (University of Burgundy)
  • Ermelinda Campani (Stanford University)
  • Yannick Gouchan (Aix-Marseille University)
  • Monica Jansen (Utrecht University)
  • Inge Lanslots (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Laure Lévêque (University of Toulon)
  • Ricciarda Ricorda (Ca’Foscari University)
  • Thomas Stauder (University of Augsburg)
  • Giuseppe Traina (University of Catania)