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Research Colloquium: Man in the modern world - the paradoxical existence in the works of Italo Calvino
Date: 22 March 2011 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures Research Colloquium:

Man in the modern world: the paradoxical existence in the works of Italo Calvino

Miss Jenny Wong ( European Studies)

Date: 22 March 2011 (Tue)
Time: 3: 00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue: K.K. Leung Building Room 704

In the age of cybernetic, contemporary man experiences an ever greater degree of alienation with himself, the society and the universe. The Italian writer, Italo Calvino, characterised this phenomenon as “laceration” or “dimezzato” in Italian. The aim of this study is to highlight Calvino’s response to this challenge. With the assistance of some of his work, both fiction and non-fiction, I will demonstrate how man is getting increasingly perplexed and mutilated in this labyrinth-like world, and how literature acts as an important instrument in mapping the world, thus aiding our understanding in the man-universe relationship and the possibility of a hidden order in which harmony can be found.

All students taking the Research Colloquium course must attend. Other staff and students are also welcome.

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