Salvatore MARANO

Associate Professor of Anglo-American languages and literatures [L-LIN/11]
Office: stanza 117
Email: marano@unict.it
Phone: 0957102246
Fax: fax?
Office Hours: un giorno da lunedì a venerdì, per appuntamento, riservato alle tesi di laurea e alle prove finali | Wednesday from 10:00 to 13:00



They say he loves Barthes par Roland Barthes, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, The Autobiography of My Mother. A tendency towards the potential, in the oulipean sense, but also in the manner of Musil or Zelig, has been attributed to him. He would live in a pentagrammed room, with a 64-tile floor and walls crammed with prints, canvases and assemblages, an Alexandrian library and a case full of radios. He maintains to have crossed the ocean to attend East Coast libraries (Yale? Duke? NYU?). Some claim to have seen him in the sancta sanctorum of research in Ontario, others in prestigious European institutions in Paris London and Salzburg. Teaching is supposed to be his passion; he would be less passionate about the way politics, multinationals, financial capital, bureaucracy, the alignment of the planets and high tide get in the way. Rumors have it that he is demanding, he disagrees. He likes, he would have admitted in front of an Irish whiskey: the courage of the desperate, silence and meditation, felines, essential loneliness, the blue painted by blues. He does not like: injustice, violence, conformity, easy answers to difficult problems, betrayed trust, hypocrisy, the routine. A notebook that bears his name, found at Palazzo Sangiuliano, reads: "All the information I have about myself is from forged documents".

It is wrapped into mist. Some say he is a composer and guitar player in a band with no tracks on record, some an Italian chess champion, some an underground poet, some an editorial consultant and some even a self-publisher. A shadow-writer profile is also suspected when he lived under a false name between London and Baltimore. He boasts to have befriended artists and writers to whom he would have extracted unpublished interviews. His research may have begun at the end of the 1980s, his past as an art and film critic. Why he relies on pen and inkstand is a mystery, since (his words) he prefers round tables to conference proceedings. He argues he deals with literature because the only truth he knows would lurk in fiction.

Most relevant publication attributed to him in the last five years

"The Fabric of my Soul. Poems by Venera Fazio". Italian Americana, vol. XXXV, n. 2, 2017. p. 259. ISSN: 2327-753X

"Il ventaglio e la rete. Teoria e pratica della performance". In: Performance. Dal testo al gesto, ed. by Salvatore Marano. Lentini: duetredue, 2017. ISBN: 9788899573317

"Au second degré. The Toronto Research Group in performance". In: Performance. Dal testo al gesto, ed. by S. Marano. Lentini: duetredue, 2017. ISBN: 9788899573317

"Fenomenologia dell'invisibile". In: Il velo di Maya, ed. by S. Marano. Acireale-Roma: Bonanno, 2017, pp. 9-12. ISBN: 978-88-6318-181-4

"The Rules of the Game: Discourse and Order in Knight's Gambit". In: Il velo di Maya, ed. by S. Marano. Acireale-Roma: Bonanno, 2017, pp. 65-82. ISBN: 9788863181814

(and S. Nucifora) "L'obliquo. l'ubiquo. Georges Perec, la descrizione, il rilievo". In: Lo spazio obliquo. Georges Perec fra segno e disegno, ed. by S. Marano, S. Nucifora, D. Colistra. Roma: Aracne, 2015, pp. 7-25. ISBN: 978-88-548-8211-9

"Doublets, trompe-l'oeil, isotopie. Perec > Paris". In: Lo spazio obliquo. Georges Perec fra segno e disegno, ed. by S. Marano, S. Nucifora, D. Colistra. Roma: Aracne, 2015, pp. 27-53,  ISBN: 978-88-548-8211-9

" 'If You Can't See It, You Can't Say It': The Last Words of Dutch Schultz by William S. Burroughs". Letterature d'America, XXXIV, n. 149, 2015, pp. 49-65, ISSN: 1125-1743

"Il canto delle sirene". In: Djuna Barnes, Almanacco per Signore, ed. by S. Marano. Urbino: Edizioni Quattroventi, 2015. pp. V-XXXVI,  ISBN: 978-88-392-0995-5

Djuna Barnes, Almanacco per Signore, ed. by S. Marano. Urbino: Edizioni Quattroventi, 2015. ISBN: 978-88-392-0995-5

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He would work on la littérature potentielle & writing under constraint, on art and play, the technologies of writing, the interrelations between literature and other arts — especially, the visual arts —, literature and space (from page to urban space), performance.  He would be a contributor to the RSA Journal, Italian Americana, Letterature d'America. He would have written, among others, on W. Abish, M. Atwood, D. Barnes, W. Burroughs, E.E. Cummings, H. Crane, W. Faulkner, A. Lowell, M. Loy, H. Mathews, B. Nichol, G. Perec, G. Stein, W. Stevens, Mark Twain. It seems he has translated A. Burgess, R. Kipling, B. Harte. Rumors have it that he may have published with Aracne, Biblioteca del Vascello, Bonanno, Bulzoni, ESI, Marsilio, Olskhi, Quattroventi.

Nothing is known about the alleged voluntary activities attributed to him.