December 2017


P. B. Shelley’s The Revolt of Islam: Texts, Subtexts, Contexts

  • Friday, 15 December 2017 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm
AAR Lecture Room

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

As part of the series of events at the American Academy in Rome exploring East and West, and in particular the misunderstandings and exchanges between the West and the Islamic World, this conference organized in collaboration with the Keats-Shelley House revisits Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem The Revolt of Islam, first published in 1817 as Laon and Cythna. On the afternoon of 15 December, 1817, publisher Charles Ollier met with Thomas Love Peacock, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont and Shelley himself to discuss the potentially controversial and contentious nature of Shelley’s poem. Marking the bicentenary of that meeting, papers in English and in Italian will focus on historical and contextual issues, as well as the contemporary resonances of Shelley’s poem.

The keynote address will be given by celebrated author Don DeLillo, whose novel Falling Man (2007) explores the aftermath of 9/11 through the experience of a survivor of the attacks on New York. A postcard sent from Rome, a reproduction of the cover of Shelley’s poem, purchased at the Keats-Shelley House in Piazza di Spagna, makes an important cameo appearance in the novel. Don DeLillo is the American Academy in Rome Writer in Residence in December 2017.

The conference is organized by Giuseppe Albano, Curator of the Keats-Shelley House, and Maria Valentini, Professore Associato in English Literature at the Università di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale.

The event will be held in English.

The event is organized with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.