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CULTURE NIGHT 2023 – H17:00-20:00 – Exhibition “IRISH IN ITALY” – Irish Literature and Politics in Italy in the First Half of the 20th Century

“Irish in Italy” exhibition illustrates the complex relationship and interactions between the literary landscape and the political exchanges between the two nations.

The concept of Ireland emerges at critical moments in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century, with Irish politics entering national debates and contributing to a better understanding of the specificity of Irish culture and literature in Italy. At the start of the century and until the early 1920s, Irish literature was primarily identified with the Celtic Revival, with few minor exceptions.

The “Irishness” of writers such as Stoker, Wilde and Shaw generally passed unnoticed, while Joyce, who spent a substantial part of his life in Trieste, was chiefly seen as a cosmopolitan writer. It was only thanks to a number of passionate scholars, translators, historians, that the Italian public was made more aware of the intricacies of Irish literature and started perceiving it as a separate entity within the system of literatures in English.

The exhibition offers a picture of this complex relationship and of the interactions between the literary landscape and the political system which characterised, and often facilitated, exchanges between the two nations. Irish in Italy displays several important documents such as letters by Pavese, Montale, Yeats, Linati, as well as rare first editions of Irish literary works in Italian

Organized with the patronage of the University of Trento and the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin

Location: 1st Floor rooms

Free accessGuided tours of approx. 20 min (limited availability) will run at 17:45 and at 18:20.


IIC participates to Culture Night as part of the EUNIC cluster Dublin and adheres to the European Culture Trail initiative. For those visiting European Culture Trail events in person, you can take your “European Culture Trail Passport” (copies available at the IIC) and collect stamps or signatures at each stop. Those passports with the most stamps at the end of the night will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win some wonderful prizes.

Reservation no longer available

  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • In collaboration with: Università di Trento