Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Upcoming Public Lecture on Pinocchio, Representations of Childhood and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Culture

Check out this upcoming, free, public lecture by Children's Literature professor Laura Tosi - to be held at the Lillian H. Smith Branch (which also houses the The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Booksof the Toronto Public Library on September 30th. I've reproduced the entire announcement from the Italian Cultural Institute website below - I think it will be a great talk, as well as a wonderful opportunity to (finally) visit the Osborne Collection. See you there:

The Fourth Annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture

ONCE UPON A PUPPET: PINOCCHIO AND FAIRY TALES IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
A talk by Laura Tosi

ONCE UPON A PUPPET: PINOCCHIO AND FAIRY TALES IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

On the occasion of the fourth annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture, the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Book with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute is proud to present the lecture: Once upon a Puppet: Pinocchio and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Culture by Professor Laura Tosi.


The conference is related to the exhibition "A name that will bring him luck": Pinocchio and the Italian Fairy Tale Tradition that is on view at the Osborne Collection from September 13, 2010 to December 13, 2010.



September 30, 2010 – 8.00 pm 

The Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books 
Toronto Public Library Lillian H. Smith Branch 
239 College Street , Toronto 
Free admission 
Call 416.393.7753 for info 


In her lecture, Professor Tosi will give a lively review of the context in which Pinocchio was written, its narrative and stylistic features, and its inspiration of drama, cartoons, film and prose narratives addressed to child as well as adult audiences. Collodi’s Pinocchio is a subtle and multifaceted book that has broken new ground with its subversive representations of non-model children, but pays tribute to the fairy tale tradition. Professor Tosi discusses Pinocchio as part of this canon of Western children’s literature, but possibly not the “original” that dominates collective imagination. Collodi’s book may be considered only one version among many (The Friends of the Osborne Collection, Gryphon newsletter).

Laura Tosi is Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Venice- Ca’ Foscari. She has taught courses and conducted research on British children’s literature, especially on the history of the literary fairy tales in its socio historical context in England and in the English speaking world. She is interested in exploring the social values and role models offered by the fairy tales as historical documents and vehicles of dominant cultural patterns. On these issues in particular, she has lectured extensively at several Italian and foreign universities. In 2000 in Venice she organized an international conference on children’s literature in the English-speaking world, entitled “Hearts of Lightness. The Magic of Children’s literature.” 

The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books belongs to the Toronto Public Library and had its beginnings in a large donation of children’s books made in 1949 by Edgar Osborne, a British librarian. The Osborne Collection has grown to over 80,000 rare and notable modern children's books.

The annual Sybille Pantazzi Memorial Lecture has arrived at its fourth edition and it was created to celebrate beautiful children's books in memory of Sybille Pantazzi (1914-1983), who was a noted Canadian librarian, book-collector and a pioneering scholar in the area of Victorian book design.

Information
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Times: 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Toronto Public Library Lillian H. Smith Branch
Presented by: Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Book
In collaboration with: Italian Cultural Institute
Free admission

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