Pirandello Society of America

Pirandello Society of America The Pirandello Society of America is dedicated to the study of Luigi Pirandello’s work and its impact on modern literature and theater. The Pirandello Society of America is a membership organization dedicated to the study of Luigi Pirandello’s work and its impact on modern literature and theatre.

Founded by actress Marta Abba in New York City, the Society continues her mission of promoting the reception and study of Luigi Pirandello's pioneering work. We hold annual meetings as an Allied Organization of the Modern Language Association, sponsor readings and performances of Pirandello's works, and publish a scholarly journal, PSA, the Pirandello Society Annual. PSA, in publication since 1985, is distributed to libraries and members of the Society. PSA editors welcome articles, performance and play reviews, documents and essays pertaining to the work of Luigi Pirandello.

Operating as usual

08/26/2020

A CFP from our "sister" organization in the UK, the Society for Pirandello Studies:

Submissions are invited for Volume 41 of Pirandello Studies, the annual journal of the Society for Pirandello Studies. The Society’s 2020 conference, which had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis, had intended to focus on Pirandello’s umorismo and its relation to more recent theories and practices of humour. Submissions would be particularly welcomed on this subject but other topics may also be considered. All submissions should be sent by 31 December 2020 to the Editor, Dr Shirley Vinall ([email protected]).

Best wishes,
Enza De Francisci

Dr Enza De Francisci
Lecturer, Translation Studies
Programme Director, MSc Translation Studies of the Glasgow-Nankai Joint Graduate School

University of Glasgow
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Hetherington Building, Room 309A
Bute Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RS

Tel.: 0141 330 5598
Email: [email protected]

06/09/2020

Pirandellisti - encourage your students to submit their work for the following essay prize! Please spread the word.

SOCIETY FOR PIRANDELLO STUDIES: ESSAY COMPETITIONS

The Society for Pirandello Studies invites entries into two essay competitions, one for undergraduates and the other for bona fide postgraduate students.

The life and/or writings of Luigi Pirandello shall constitute at least half of the essay’s subject; e.g. a balanced discussion of Pirandello and one other writer is acceptable.

After initial consultation with a tutor or supervisor the essay must be the entrant’s own unaided work.

Entries are acceptable from anywhere in the world, but the essay must be written in English. It must not exceed 3,000 words in length if entered into the undergraduate competition or 5,000 if entered into the postgraduate competition.

No abstract is required. A bibliography may be appended at the competitor’s discretion and is not included in the word-count.

The essay must adhere to the style of Pirandello Studies, or of the MHRA or the MLA.

The essay must be submitted electronically to [email protected] by 30 September 2020.

By the same date a message must be sent to the same address by the entrant’s tutor or supervisor stating that the entrant is a registered undergraduate or a bona fide postgraduate student and that, as far as the writer is aware, beyond initial consultation the essay is the entrant’s own unaided work.

The entry must be submitted as a Word document in the font Times New Roman, 12-point.

The entry must indicate for which competition it is intended and include the entrant’s name, the academic institution where they are registered and the name and e-mail address of their tutor/supervisor.

The prize in each competition will be publication of the winning essay in the Society’s journal Pirandello Studies, volume 41 (2021), whose editor may advise the author about modifications prior to publication.

In each competition the judges reserve the right to award no prize if they deem no entry to have reached an appropriate standard.

The results of the competitions will be communicated by electronic mail to all entrants once a decision has been made.

The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence about them will be entered into.

Attention all MLA attendees: don't forget to join the Pirandello Society of America for our panel, "It's all Relative: M...
01/11/2020
MLA 2020 - 489 It's All Relative: Modernism and Science

Attention all MLA attendees: don't forget to join the Pirandello Society of America for our panel, "It's all Relative: Modernism and Science," which will be held this Saturday (Jan. 11) at 10:30am. See details in the link below, including full abstracts for all four papers. We hope to see you there!

https://www.hastac.org/opportunities/mla-2020-489-its-all-relative-modernism-and-science

489 It’s All Relative: Modernism and Science Modern Language Association Conference - Seattle 2020 The Pirandello Society of America session Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Washington State Convention Center, Room 603 For the full conference program, see this link.

08/18/2019
pirandellosociety.org

We are pleased to announce that PSA co-editor Lisa Sarti will be chairing a panel at the NeMLA conference, March 5-8 in Boston. See the call below and consider submitting an abstract!

Pirandello and Scientific Revolution
This panel investigates the influence that scientific advances in the modern(ist) era had on Luigi Pirandello and his contemporaries. The scientific revolutions occurring across the 19th and the 20th centuries put literature and the arts in a prolific dialogue with fields as diverse as technology, industry, architecture, and physics (among others). Discoveries and advances in this time period inspired and reshaped the work of Pirandello and his fellow intellectuals, impacting their thought and modernist writing style. We aim to shed light on the intersection of art with narratives of scientific progress as well as specific scientific advances, on the one hand, and on the role that Pirandello and his contemporaries played in defining the modernist intellectual trends of the moment, on the other.

Description:
This panel investigates the influence that scientific advances in the modern(ist) era had on Luigi Pirandello and his contemporaries, spanning scientific disciplines and fields such as technology, industry, and architecture. How did discoveries and advances in this time period inspire and reshape the work of Pirandello and his fellow intellectuals? What is the relationship between these advances and these writers’ reshaping of modernist style?

Session Chair: Lisa Sarti
Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) through the following web site URL by September 30th, 2019:

https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18215

http://pirandellosociety.org/

Did you know that this past year Raison d'etre performed an adaptation of three Pirandello plays in NYC? Just in case yo...
07/22/2019
Performance Review: "Raison d'être, An Evening with Pirandello"

Did you know that this past year Raison d'etre performed an adaptation of three Pirandello plays in NYC?

Just in case you missed it, and we're happy to announce a new blog post featuring John DiGaetani's review of their innovative performance! Click the link to learn about the performance.

In our most recent issue of PSA (Volume 31), we include this review along with an intriguing interview with Jennifer Jewel and Patrick Mulryan, the creators of "Raison d'être: An Evening with Pirandello." Become a member or renew your subscription to get access to the full interview with their reflections on translating and adapting Pirandello for the contemporary stage:

https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/pirandellosociety/membership/

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/jvanwagenen/2019/07/21/performance-review-raison-detre-evening-pirandello

In the Pirandello Society of America's recent edition of the PSA journal, Jana O'Keefe Bazzoni talks to Jennifer Jewell and Patrick Mulryan about their recent collaboration on Raison d'être: An Evening with Pirandello. Jewell (actor and producer) and Mulryan (director and adaptor) tell PSA's O'Keef...

As you may have heard, Spurl Editions has recently re-published William Weaver's translation of Pirandello's One, No One...
07/13/2019
PSA in conversation with Spurl Editions Press

As you may have heard, Spurl Editions has recently re-published William Weaver's translation of Pirandello's One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand, which had long been unavailable in English. We sat down with Spurl Editor Eva Richter to discuss the release. Click the link an excerpt of our conversation on the market for Pirandello in English and how Pirandello speaks to our contemporary moment - and if you want more, don't forget to become a member (or renew your membership) to receive the complete volume of PSA!

http://pirandellosociety.org/

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/jvanwagenen/2019/07/09/psa-conversation-spurl-editions-press

William Weaver’s compelling translation of One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand (Uno, nessuno centomila) was first published in 1990 and has since gone out of print, becoming increasingly difficult to find. But in October 2018, a new press based in California, Spurl Editions, re-issued Weaver’s...

Take a peek at this discussion on translating Sicilianness from the newest issue of PSA, which is out now and features a...
06/28/2019
Translating Sicilianness

Take a peek at this discussion on translating Sicilianness from the newest issue of PSA, which is out now and features a fascinating discussion with translators and scholars about the challenges and the possibilities of working with Pirandello:

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/jvanwagenen/2019/06/24/translating-sicilianness

If you're not already a member, join the Society and get full access to the "Pirandello and Translation" issue now:

http://pirandellosociety.org/

Our newest issue of the society's journal, PSA, has just come off the press, and we're excited to say it features a vari...
06/19/2019
Pirandello and Translation: A conversation across the Field

Our newest issue of the society's journal, PSA, has just come off the press, and we're excited to say it features a variety of takes on "Pirandello and Translation" - from interviews with translators and scholars of translation, to new translations of Pirandello's work, to new creative work about Pirandello in English translation. Take a peek at an excerpt here:

https://www.hastac.org/blogs/jvanwagenen/2019/06/14/pirandello-and-translation-conversation-across-field

And if you're not already a subscriber, join the Society here so you can get your own copy (and access to the full digital edition): http://pirandellosociety.org/

In the PSA journal’s 31st edition, which is currently at the presses, editors Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka talk to a group of Pirandello’s translators in “Pirandello and Translation: A conversation across the Field.” We’ve excerpted a piece of it for you here, in which the editors put a...

After wonderful presentations at the 2019 MLA in Chicago, the Pirandello Society of America is pleased to announce our c...
03/02/2019
It's All Relative: Modernism and Science (MLA 2020)

After wonderful presentations at the 2019 MLA in Chicago, the Pirandello Society of America is pleased to announce our call for abstracts for the 2020 MLA Convention, to be held in Seattle. "It's All Relative: Modernism and Science." Click below for more information, and please consider submitting an abstract - and likewise share widely!

https://www.hastac.org/opportunities/its-all-relative-modernism-and-science-mla-2020

It’s All Relative: Modernism and Science 2020 MLA Convention, Seattle

“These days, when he’s not fixing electrical issues, communicating with the Coast Guard and emptying buckets of seawater...
10/11/2018
The last lighthouse keeper of Capri

“These days, when he’s not fixing electrical issues, communicating with the Coast Guard and emptying buckets of seawater from the stairwell, D’Oriano listens to classical music and reads plays by Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello in the lantern room. In the evenings, he writes poems about the ocean, its fishermen and the constellations. At night, he paints watercolour seascapes and plays guitar on the cots in the empty rooms where the other keepers once lived.”

A story of life in the lighthouse on Capri.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181005-the-last-lighthouse-keeper-of-capri

Punta Carena has been manned by a continuous line of 88 lighthouse keepers over the last 151 years. But now the final guardian of the light is preparing to leave his post.

We are excited to see a new adaptation of three Pirandello plays coming to New York City this month! Get your tickets no...
09/11/2018
Raison dEtre: An Evening of Pirandello

We are excited to see a new adaptation of three Pirandello plays coming to New York City this month! Get your tickets now -

Jennifer Jewell Presents: “Raison d’être: an Evening of Pirandello.” Directed by Patrick Mulryan

Thursday, September 20, 2018-September 29, 2018, 7:00PM

Jennifer Jewell presents “Raison d’être: an Evening of Pirandello,” adapted from selected works by Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature and Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and writer Luigi Pirandello. “Raison d’être: an Evening of Pirandello,” explores the complexity and depth of Pirandello’s work by taking his seminal play, “Six Characters in Search of an Author” and infusing it with characters and themes from two of his notable one-act plays, “Chee Chee” and “The Man with the Flower In His Mouth.”

In “Raison d’être: an Evening of Pirandello,” the play features original translations from Roberto Di Donato and Giovanni Villari and is adapted by Director Patrick Mulryan. This modern interpretation of the classic, weaves together three works that showcase Pirandello’s markedly unique style and his examination of the various personas that people choose to wear or that society forces upon them.

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3597340

Raison dEtre celebrates three cornerstone works of the theatre, all written by Italian giant and the winner of the 1934 novel prize, Luigi Pirandello. Ages 13 and up.

A new Call for Articles has been posted to  our website! We welcome submissions for the next volume of PSA (###I), to be...
07/11/2018
pirandellosociety.org

A new Call for Articles has been posted to our website! We welcome submissions for the next volume of PSA (###I), to be published next year, on the topic of "Modernism across the Arts: Charting Pirandello’s World." Full details on the Society website. Please consider submitting your work, and help spread the word!

http://pirandellosociety.org/

We are happy to highlight the publication of a new Italian study of Pirandello by Alberto Raffaelli: La comparseria. Lui...
05/08/2018
La comparseria. Luigi Pirandello accademico d'Italia - Alberto Raffaelli - Libro - Cesati - Strumenti di letteratura italiana | IBS

We are happy to highlight the publication of a new Italian study of Pirandello by Alberto Raffaelli: La comparseria. Luigi Pirandello accademico d'Italia.

The book offers an examination of the fraught relation between Pirandello and fascism in the last years of his life by reconstructing how he became a member of the Accademia. See the summary below:

Il volume affronta, sulla base di documentazione archivistica, la parabola di Luigi Pirandello accademico d’Italia, che occupa l’ultimo ottennio dell’esistenza dello scrittore. Viene passato in rassegna l'intero spettro relativo a questa parte della sua esistenza, dall'elezione alla candidatura vittoriosa per il premio Nobel, fino alle celebrazioni in occasione della morte, passando per l'organizzazione del Convegno Volta sul teatro e senza trascurare i contrasti con le gerarchie ecclesiastiche. E’ in questo consesso che si palesa maggiormente la contraddizione pirandelliana tra la fedeltà al fascismo e l'insofferenza verso di esso, facendo trasparire una vicenda che come poche altre nel Novecento culturale italiano ha sperimentato i privilegi ma anche i tormenti dell’uomo pubblico.

Il libro è disponibile nelle principali librerie fisiche e on line.

https://www.ibs.it/comparseria-luigi-pirandello-accademico-d-libro-alberto-raffaelli/e/9788876676666

La comparseria. Luigi Pirandello accademico d'Italia è un libro di Alberto Raffaelli pubblicato da Cesati nella collana Strumenti di letteratura italiana: acquista su IBS a 21.25€!

Reminder: Abstracts due THIS FRIDAY for the upcoming panel at the 2019 MLA sponsored by the Pirandello Society of Americ...
03/13/2018
Call for Papers – Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago | The Pirandello Society of America

Reminder: Abstracts due THIS FRIDAY for the upcoming panel at the 2019 MLA sponsored by the Pirandello Society of America. See details here, and please circulate widely!

https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/pirandellosociety/2018/02/23/call-for-papers-pirandellian-transactions-text-context-cultural-negotiation-2019-mla-convention-chicago/

Call for Papers – Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago Posted on 23 February 2018 by bb-sboselli Call for Papers: Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago This guaranteed panel will consider h...

We are excited to announce our call for abstract submissions for the 2019 MLA Convention in Chicago, where we will host ...
02/24/2018
Call for Papers – Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago | The Pirandello Society of America

We are excited to announce our call for abstract submissions for the 2019 MLA Convention in Chicago, where we will host a panel on "Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation." Please consider submitting your proposal!

https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/pirandellosociety/2018/02/23/call-for-papers-pirandellian-transactions-text-context-cultural-negotiation-2019-mla-convention-chicago/

Call for Papers – Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago Posted on 23 February 2018 by bb-sboselli Call for Papers: Pirandellian Transactions: Text, Context, Cultural Negotiation 2019 MLA Convention, Chicago This guaranteed panel will consider h...

10/30/2017
Europäisches Pirandello Zentrum e.V.

Next week will feature another exciting conference to celebrate Pirandello's 150 years, this time in Munich and Vienna!

Godetevi il bel video che l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Monaco di Baviera ha fatto registrare per il nostro convegno. Grazie a Francesco Ziosi per la bellissima idea.

Deadline extended for submissions to the upcoming conference in Dublin. See below for more details. And don't forget our...
09/04/2017
Society for Pirandello Studies

Deadline extended for submissions to the upcoming conference in Dublin. See below for more details.

And don't forget our own conference in New York City coming up on September 16! Program to follow shortly.

The Society for Pirandello Studies seeks to promote and disseminate scholarship on the Italian writer Luigi Pirandello

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This is a mini-doc from my first year of grad school when I directed Man with the Flower in his Mouth. Comments welcome! I feel shame rewatching this because during this time I was pressured by my professor to change my vision of the production or suffer a low grade, and I decided to be safe and change it.
Getting closer to our conference: please visit the PSA blog's page for the full program for September 16.