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Orientalism, Mediterranean style, lecture topic

Roberto Dainotto, a professor in the Italian department at Duke University, will lecture on “Orientalism, Mediterranean Style: Michele Amari and the Limits of History”at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in 304 Harrison Hall.

Dainotto has published articles on modern Italian literature and national identity. His first book, Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures, Communities (Cornell University Press, 2000), looks at the uses of regionalism in the service of nationalist sentiment. His lecture - from his forthcoming book, Europe (in Theory) - will focus on Michele Amari, 19th-century Orientalist scholar, author of the authoritative modern history of Islamic Sicily, and Italian nationalist.

Dainotto's lecture is the first in a series of lectures and events organized by the Havighurst Center highlighting the history of the Silk Road and historical connections between Europe and the Orient. The lecture will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Havighurst Center.

Sponsored by the Havighurst Center and the department of French and Italian. Free and open to the public.

Date Published: 09/15/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 7

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