Franco RICCI

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Franco RICCI
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses. and Full Professor

PhD, University of Toronto

MHN 213

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3768

Work E-mail: fricci@uOttawa.ca

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Biography

University degrees

PhD, University of Toronto

Courses taught

  • ITA1113 Italian Cinema
  • ITA1114 Italian Heritage in North America
  • ITA2113 Italian Culture
  • ITA2114 Italian Literature

Selected publications

Books authored

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures: Word and Image Relations in the Work of Italo Calvino. Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2001.

Difficult Games: A Reading of 'I racconti' by Italo Calvino. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1990: 131 pp.

The Sopranos: Born Under a Bad Sign. Toronto: Toronto UP, forthcoming 2014.      

Books edited

      

Winner of Honorable Mention (runner-up), Modern Language Association Howard R. Marraro Prize in 2002. 

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Italo Calvino. New York: Modern Language Association, 2013.

Word, Image, and Object: Ekphrasis and Other in Contemporary Italian Literature (Chapel Hill: Annali d'italianistica) 
Italo Calvino: Nuevas Visiones co-ed. Maria Josè Calvo Montoro. Ciudad Real: Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, 1997.

Calvino Revisited. University of Toronto Italian Studies 2, Dovehouse Publishing, 1989: 229 pp.

Special issues of journals

Anello che non tiene: Special issue on Ekphrasis in contemporary Italian literature.

Articles in collected works

"Italo Calvino" in a. Cicarelli and P. Giordano, Eds. Italianistic in Nordamerica: Ventanni di critica: Il novecento (Milan: Caramanico Editore): mspp. 37.

"Parola maschile/Immagine femminile: il visivo linguistico come metafora nel racconto 'L'origine degli uccelli' di Italo Calvino" in Marcello Ciccuto and Alexandra Zingone (eds.) I segni incrociati: Letteratura italiana del '900 e Arte Figurativa (Lucca: Baroni editore, 1998): 759:770.

"Disenfranchising; The Hyphen as Existence, or 'Your life or your life!'" In Augustus Mastri, Ed. The Flight of Ulysses (Chapel Hill: North Carolina UP, 1997): 348-359.

"Roberto Pazzi e Il vangelo di Giuda" in Capozzi, R. and Ciavolella, M., Eds. Scrittori, tendenze letterarie e conflitto delle poetiche in Italia (1960-1990) (Ravenna: Longo, 1993): 181-192.

"Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures: Visual Imagery in the Narrative of Italo Calvino," in F. Ricci Ed., Calvino Revisited (University of Toronto Italian Studies 2, Dovehouse Publishing, 1988): 189-206

"Gabriele D'Annunzio: riletture critiche 1968-83," in F. Loriggio Ed., Tra due secoli: il tardo Ottocento e il primo novecento nella critica italiana dell'ultimo ventennio (Biblioteca di Quaderni di italianistica, 1988): 39-51.

Articles in refereed journals

“When Words Can Kill in The Sopranos by David Chase” in Mafia Movies. Dana Renga, Ed.. Toronto: Toronto UP, 2011. 183-191.

“Aesthetics and Ammunition: Art imitating Life imitating Art in The Sopranos,” Reading the Sopranos. David Lavery, Ed..  New York: I.B. Tauris, 2006: 139 -162.

"Tu vu' fare l'italiano, ma sci nnate ,n America, Argentina, Canada" in VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, 13.1 (Spring 2002): 36-46.

"De Chirico's Silent Cities, Calvinian Perambulations." The Humanities Review, 91.1 (January 1996): 78-93.

"Il visivo in Calvino" RIGA, 8 (1995): 283-292.

"The Quest for Sonship: Calvino's Invisible Palace of Memory." Forum Italicum, 29.1 (1995): 52-75.

"Fabulous Experience and Marvelous Illusion: Virtual Reality and the Urge of an Ancient Dream," Marvels and Tales, 7.1 (1993): 153-186.

"Beyond Tautology: The Cosmo-conception of Time in La malattia del tempo by Roberto Pazzi," Italica 68.1 (1991): 13-28.

"Atlante occidentale: Daniele Del Giudice's New Atlantis," Mosaic 23.1 (1990): 45-53.

"Introversion and Effacement in I racconti of Italo Calvino." Italica 63.4 (1986): 331-345.

"The Recovery of Mnemonic Meaning in Italo Calvino," The Review of Contemporary Fiction 6.2 (1986).

"Palomar by Italo Calvino: The (un)Covering of (un)Equivocal (un)Truth," Quaderni d'italianistica 5.2 (1984): 236-246.

"Silence and Loss of Self in Italo Calvino's Gli amori difficili," The Italianist 4 (1984): 54-72.

"The Readers in Italo Calvino's Latest Fabula," Forum Italicum 16.1 (1982): 82-102.

Papers in refereed conference proceedings

"Il buio della notte non e' altro che il nero del calamaio" Italo Calvino: Nuevas Visiones (Cuenca: Ediciones Universidad Castilla' La Mancha, 1997): 61-74.

"Uscite dal mondo: Calvino e Borges" Borges, Calvino, la literatura (Poitiers: Editorial Fundamentos, 1996): 263-270).

Invited speaker

"Questions of Authority: Paintings as Metaphors in Calvino." International conference on Italo Calvino by invitation only). University of Toronto, 28-29 March 2003.

"Internet, Internos: La dinamica del 'locale' nel nuovo millennio," XXIII convegno di studi per gli italiani nel mondo, Pratola Peligna, Italy, 29-31 July 2000.

"L'Associazionismo abruzzese in Canada: Volti e risvolti," Rotary Club di Sulmona, Sulmona, Italy, 10 July 1998.

"Rivivere la cultura d'origine," XXI convegno di studi per gli italiani nel mondo, Pratolo Peligna, Italy, 11-12 July 1998.

"Calvino and Klee: Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures." Florida State University, April 1998.

"Calvino and Klee: Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures." Pennsylvania State University, October 1997.

"La culture delle origni: L'Abruzzo ed i suoi figli all'estero," Settembrata abruzzese, Associazioni regionale d'Abruzzo del Quebec, Montreal, 14 September 1997.

"Calvino and Klee: Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures." Memos for the Next Millennium: A Conference on Italo Calvino, University of California, Davis, 4-5 April 1997.

Alocuciòn de clausura del simposio Italo Calvino: Nuevas Visiones, Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, 14 May 1995.

"Virtual Reality Gets Real." Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Ottawa, 15 October 1993.

"Ekphrasis, the City, Invisible Palaces of Memory," Department of Romance Languages, Wake Forest University, 9 April 1992.

"Literature at the Brink of Discovery." Department of Italian, Harvard University, 8 April 1989.

"The Neo-avantgarde." Department of Italian, Carleton University, Ottawa, 24 March 1986.

"Ut Pictura Poesis: Calvino and Domenico Gnoli," Department of Italian, Middlebury College, Vermont, 5 March 1986.

"Ut Pictura Poesis: Calvino and De Chirico." Faculty of Arts, Laurentian University, Sudbury, 7 February 1986.

Fields of Interest

  • Contemporary Italian literature and aesthetics
  • Narrative discourse and visual representation
  • Italian contemporary culture
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