Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli


Amelia Rosselli was one of the most important poets to emerge from Europe in the aftermath of World War II. In Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli (University of Chicago Press, 2012) editor and translator Jennifer Scappettone has brought together a generous selection of Rosselli’s work in a bilingual edition. Scappettone reads from Rosselli’s original work in Italian and the new translations, and is joined by Antonio Riccardi in a discussion of Rosselli’s work. A reception will follow. 

Amelia Rosselli (1930–96), daughter of the socialist Carlo Rosselli and a Jew, spent her childhood and adolescence in France, England, and the United States, exiled from fascist Italy. In a period dominated by the confessional mode, Rosselli aspired to compose stanzas characterized by a new objectivity and collective orientation, “where the I is the public, where the I is things, where the I is the things that happen.” Through her trilingual body of work, she expresses the hopes and devastations of the postwar era, synthesizing a hybrid literary heritage stretching from Dante and the troubadours through Ezra Pound and John Berryman, in which playful inventions across Italian, English, and French coexist with unadorned social critique.

Jennifer Scappettone, assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Chicago, received her PhD in 2005 from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her collection From Dame Quickly (2009), Scappettone is the author of several chapbooks. She was the guest editor of a 2008 issue of Aufgabe that featured Italian poetry.

Antonio Riccardi is  a poet, writer, and managing editor of Mondadori Libri, an Italian publisher. A graduate of the University of Pavia, he edits Almanacco dello specchio, an annual collection of contemporary poetry, together with Maurizio Cucchi. He is also the editor of a volume of essays, Per la poesia tra novecento e nuovo Millennio, about poetry in the twentieth century.


Co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00 PM
Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Free reservations