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The Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand present the latest installment of Humanities in the Village featuring Salvatore Pappalardo, author of Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870-1945.
In an age of rising nationalism in the Western world, how can the Humanities help us imagine a patriotism that rejects racism and xenophobia? Suggestions come from Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870-1945, where Salvatore Pappalardo argues that a non-national idea of Europe is, among other things, the product of a modern literary imagination. The book looks at the intersection of aesthetics and politics in the port city of Trieste, a city at the crossroads of Germanic, Italian, and Slavic cultures. The multiple literatures of this unique, multicultural city challenged the rise of nationalism, offering alternatives to the narrow dimensions of the nation.
An adopted Baltimorean, Salvatore Pappalardo grew up in Germany and Italy. He enjoys reading and playing soccer. In his research, he compares nineteenth- and twentieth-century Central European literatures, with a special focus on modernism and the Habsburg Empire. He is also interested in the literatures of the Mediterranean basin. He is Associate Professor of English at Towson University and author of Modernism in Trieste: The Habsburg Mediterranean and the Literary Invention of Europe, 1870-1945.
TIME & DATE
Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:30pm