In commemoration of the 26th anniversary of the death of Gennaro Manna (1922-1990), one of Italy’s leading novelists and poets, Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature, was interviewed by the literary critic Simone Gambacorta. The interview was published on Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Cultura section of the newspaper La Città of Teramo (Abruzzo), Italy. A widely acclaimed post-war poet and novelist who committed suicide in Rome on April 11, 1990, Manna was the author of eight novels. In 1979, he wrote his famous essay Tramonto Della civiltà Contadina, which received the Premio Nuovo Mezzogiorno.
Sticca is considered the leading authority on Manna, and has written three books on his work: Arte e esistenza in Gennaro Manna (1993), Manna tra vita e narrative (1998) and a book on his poetry, Lo poesia di Gennaro Manna: il Verbo del Sacro e dell’Assurdo (2009). Sticca’s interest in Manna is both affective – he, like Manna, was born in the town of Tocco Casauria (Abruzzo, Italy) – and aesthetic.
For his work on Manna, Sticca received the Onore alla Carriera award from the Hon. Publio Fiori, vice president of Italy’s House, on May 27, 2004. The Cultural Councillorship of the Province of Rome, in the Altemps Place, also awarded Sticca the prestigious Premio Fiore di Roccia, first prize for his critical work on Manna in December, 1968. In a moving ceremony, Sticca received the award directly from Anna Manna, the writer’s oldest child. In his essay, Gambacorta refers to Sticca as “il Massimo esperto” of Manna.
Sticca is presently writing a book on Manna and Cesare Pavese (1908-1950). Pavese was Manna’s favorite writer, and also committed suicide on Aug. 27, 1950. The title of Sticca’s book is Cesare Pavese e Gennaro Manna: la Tragica Ricerca del Mistero Metafisico.
A news item about the interview of Professor Emeritus Martin Bidney by Grace Cavalieri in the Library of Congress, with discussion and recitations from three of Bidney’s recent books of poetry, which conduct dialogues with the Qur’an, Goethe, and Persian bard Hafiz can be found online.
Randall Edouard, assistant vice provost and director of admissions and enrollment, was the invited keynote speaker for the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event at East Middle School on Monday, Jan. 18. Edouard addressed students from schools across Broome County about the hope for change in the future, as well as the importance of a college education.
I Cavalieri in America: American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, published in 2015, features a page on Sandro Sticca, professor of French and comparative literature. The book recognizes the important and highly-qualified segment of the North American population who have received decorations from the Italian Republic. Sticca was recognized as a cavalierie (knight) of the Italian Republic in 2008, and his biography can be found on page 309 of the book.
Professor of Sculpture Ronald Gonzalez delivered a lecture titled “Storehouse” ahead of his exhibition at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The exhibition, “Mind Things,” explores the disturbing overtones of the found object as metaphysical grounding for our human condition and showcases Gonzalez’s “back to the future” sensibility. The exhibition remains on display through Friday, Dec. 18. Read more about Gonzalez and the exhibition.
Hiroki Sayama, associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering, was recently elected to the Council of the Complex Systems Society, the largest international academic society on complex systems science and engineering. He will serve a three-year term.