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Benedetta Papasogli Pizzotti


Benedetta Papasogli holds a degree in Modern Letters from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (supervisor: Giovanni Macchia). From 1984 to 1989, she worked as a researcher at the University of the Abruzzi (Pescara, Faculty of Foreign Languages). In 1990 she became professor of French Language and Literature at the University of Messina. Since 1992, she has been professor of French Language and Literature at LUMSA (Rome). She was president of the degree course in Modern Languages and Literature and is now president of the postgraduate specialization degree in Languages for International Communication. Her first approach to French Literature was in the sector of the 20th Century, with studies on the avant-garde poetics of the early 20th Century (in particular on Pierre Reverdy). It was, however, the "Grand Siècle" which attracted her lasting attention, with its interlacement of literature, morals and spirituality. Uniting her interest for the history of ideas with the tools of a criticism of the imaginary, she has explored above all two themes: the representations of interior space and the expression of memory. The classical moralists, Pascal, Fénelon, have been recurring subjects in her studies. The problems of memory led her to study Chateaubriand, in particular his relationship with the moral culture of the 17th Century. Her attention to the representations of interiority have led her at times towards the 20th century novel, (in particular towards the Catholic novelists between the two wars, and Marguerite Yourcenar). She has directed a collective research together with the Equipe d´accueil Littérature of the University of Strasbourg, funded by the MISHA.