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*POSTPONED* Italian Folk Horror: Wyrd, Occulture, Psychedelia

Tuesday, 29 January 2019, 4 – 6pm

*POSTPONED* Italian Folk Horror: Wyrd, Occulture, Psychedelia


A lecture by Prof Fabio Camilletti (University of Warwick) as part of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies Research Seminar Hilary Term 2019.

Fabio Camilletti will explore the still uncharted region of 'Italian folk horror' through cinema, literature, music, and ethnology. Coined by film director Piers Haggard, the term 'folk horror' has become ubiquitous in contemporary British culture, ending up to denote not only the aesthetics of films such as Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw or Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, but a veritable tonality underlying Britain's relationship with its own past, repeatedly resurfacing in visual culture, literature, and music. At the same time, folk horror has also become a peculiarly trans-national phenomenon, finding specific resonances in Italian culture: the music scene labelled Italian Occult Psychedelia, for example, has many points in common with folk horror, and the narrative/cinematographic horror sub-genre known as 'gotico padano' shows several elements of proximity with its British counterpart.

Fabio Camilletti is Reader at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Warwick. His publications include Leopardi's Nymphs: Grace, Melancholy, and the Uncanny (Legenda, 2013), Italia lunare: gli anni Sessanta e l'occulto (Peter Lang, 2018), and The Portrait of Beatrice: Dante, D.G. Rossetti, and the Imaginary Lady (Notre Dame, UP 2019). He also co-edited The Archaeology of the Unconscious. Italian Perspectives (Routledge 2019).

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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