Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor George Talbot

16th Apr 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

A Thrice-Told Tale of Italian National Identity: Antonio Fogazzaro’s novel Piccolo mondo antico and its Afterlife on the Large and Small Screens

Edge Hill University celebrates its academic talent with a series of thought-provoking public lectures from across a broad range of academic disciplines to mark the appointment of its new professors.

George Talbot is a professor of Italian, with active research interests in modern history, literature and culture. Growing up in Ireland and studying at Trinity College Dublin, he graduated with a BA in Italian and Philosophy and a PhD in Italian, also studying at the University of Pavia in northern Italy during this time.

George joined Dublin City University as a post-doctoral researcher, working on EUROTRA, the EU’s ambitious research and development programme in the area of machine translation. In 1994 he moved to the University of Hull as a lecturer in Italian, progressing to a senior lectureship and a personal chair in 2007. He became Head of Modern Languages in January 2000, guiding the department to successes including European Awards for Languages in both 2004 and 2005. Rising to the role of Dean of Arts and Social Sciences in 2004, he led the Faculty through phases of expansion, growth and consolidation, enhancing its academic reputation and financial performance.

A former editor of the Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies he is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and of the international editorial board of the Troubador series of publications in Italian Studies. His most recent monograph, Censorship in Fascist Italy 1922-43 was published in 2007.

George came to Edge Hill University in September 2010 as Dean of Arts & Sciences. Currently he is also Acting Head of the Media Department. Professor Talbot’s lecture will explore Antonio Fogazzaro’s story Piccolo mondo antico, set in the vicinity of the northern Italian lakes, before the Italian Risorgimento,  as it is presented in his late 19th century novel and later adapted in a wartime film and in three TV mini-serials, the most recent screened a decade ago


  • Arrival and pre-lecture drinks – 5.00pm
  • Lecture – 6.00pm
  • Post-event drinks and canapes – 7.15pm

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For more information contact Caroline Mitchell by telephone 01695 584861