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Pinocchio International: A talk by Professor Mario Casari

Drawing by Enrico Mazzanti for the first edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883)
Organized by The Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne and CO.AS.IT

On the 23rd of November 2023, the Pinocchio International project arrives in Melbourne, with a talk, in English, by Professor Mario Casari, organised by the Italian Cultural Institute and CO.AS.IT.

Pinocchio International is a project dedicated to The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (published in Florence in 1883), probably the most widely translated book in world literature, that over the last 140 years has travelled all over the world leaving the narrow confines of children’s stories and establishing itself as one of the great masterpieces of literature.

Over one hundred researchers from all over the world have investigated not only the translations of this book into almost all languages and dialects, but also the impact that the figure of Pinocchio has had on the cultural imagination and production of the countries in which it has landed. The project, supported by the Istituto per l’Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani with the collaboration of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led to the forthcoming publication of a comprehensive Pinocchio Atlas.

Pinocchio International will be presented in Melbourne on the 23rd of November by Mario Casari, Associate Professor of Persian Language and Literature at the Sapienza University of Rome and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Pinocchio Atlas.

Interested in the reception of Italian literature in the languages of the Middle East, he has dealt in particular with the journey of Pinocchio, with various articles and essays, and the editing of the volume Pinocchio in volo. Tra immagini e letterature (together with Rossana Dedola; Milan 2008).

In this presentation, Casari will recount the main stages of this journey, through quantitative data, stories of translators, the role of illustrators, cultural adaptations, and the transformations of Collodi’s pyrotechnic style in different languages: the result is a thread that runs through a century and a half of the social and cultural history of the world.

The event is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne and CO.AS.IT. Melbourne, and it will take place at CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton within the Pinocchio International project, realised in collaboration with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, the Fondazione Collodi and UNISER Pistoia.


Free event. Registration essential here

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  • Organizzato da: Italian Cultural Institute of Melbourne
  • In collaborazione con: CO.AS.IT