Lecture Title: Richard Francis Burton’s Oriental Encounters: Eccentricity, Difference, Displacement
Dr Silvia Antosa is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Palermo.
She is the author of Crossing Boundaries: Bodily Paradigms in Jeanette Winterson’s Fiction 1985-2000 (Rome, Aracne 2008), and Richard Francis Burton: Victorian Explorer and Translator (Bern, Peter Lang, 2012).
She is the editor of the interdisciplinary volumes Omosapiens II: Spazi e identità queer (Roma, Carocci 2007), Queer Crossings: Theories, Bodies, Texts (Milan and Udine, Mimesis, 2012), and Gender and Sexuality: Rights, Language and Performativity (Rome, Aracne, 2012). She has published extensively on Victorian fiction, poetry and travel writing (Jane Austen, George Eliot, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Richard Burton, Frances Elliot) and contemporary fiction (Martin Amis, Will Self, Jeanette Winterson, Jeffrey Eugenides). She is currently working on a monographic study on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and is co-editing with Joseph Bristow a special issue of the Italian journal of English Studies (Textus) on the topic of the construction of gender and sexuality in modern and contemporary British fiction.
She is also co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the technologies of the body in contemporary visual and literary representations.
Lecture Title: Somewhere in Africa
Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in Zanzibar and is now best-known as a novelist.
His fourth novel Paradise was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1994. His latest novel is The Last Gift (2011). His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including Naipaul, Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press 2007).`He has supervised research projects on the writing of Salman Rushdie, G.V. Desani, V.S. Naipaul, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid.