Massimo Fusillo: “Petronius and the Contemporary New Picaresque Novel: Problems of Genealogy and Genre”


Massimo Fusillo: “Petronius and the Contemporary New Picaresque Novel: Problems of Genealogy and Genre”

Posted: Friday, May 16th, 2008
Listed in: DHI Co-Sponsored Event

Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 53A Olson Hall

Massimo Fusillo, Professor of Literary Criticism and Comparative Literature at the University of L’Aquila, where he also coordinates of the Ph.D. Program in Literary Genres, revisits Petronius’ Satyricon which, he argues, becomes in the 20th century a model for experimental novels and for open and encyclopaedic forms, involving controversial problems of genre. Its expressive poyphony is linked with a polyhedric and promiscuous vision of sexuality that recalls crucial contemporary issues such as camp and the performance of gender.

Sponsors include DHI, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, and Classics.

Contact: Seth Schein <slschein@ucdavis.edu >


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