On January 12, 2018, the University of the Third Age and leisure “Magno Aurelio Cassiodoro” of Soverato, in reopening activities after the Christmas holidays, devoted the meeting of cultural Fridays to the poet Giovanna De Nobili, an unknown author from Catanzaro, reported to the headlines by Professor Maria Rosaria Pedulla who in 2013, on the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of “G. De Nobili “,” where he was a teacher, began a research work on the sources that dealt with the writer’s work, and became acquainted with a manuscript deposited in the Filippo De Nobili Library in Catanzaro.
The manuscript was reviewed several times by Pedullà and from it the information necessary to reconstruct a reliable biography of the poet, based on actual historical data, which is still available on the Internet, was derived. A few years later, Dr. Annalaura Rotella took up the miscellaneous manuscript in the library to write her degree thesis in modern and contemporary literature and language philosophy, on “Giovanna De Nobili (1776-1847): A Literary Woman in Nineteenth Century Calabria”, at the University of Alma Mater. studioroom in Bologna, and made it the subject of a beautiful literary text, published by the publishing house “La Rondin” in Catanzaro, which was presented yesterday, as part of the University’s cultural Friday meetings, in the council room “B. Manti “of the municipality of Soverato.
The meeting was attended in addition to the author, the president of the university, Professor Sina Montebello, Professor Pedulla and Dr. Giancloca Lucia de la Rondin Catanzaro Editions. After a brief greeting from the Chair, Professor Pedulla briefly mentioned how she met Dr. Rotella who offered her help and support from the materials still in her possession after the research and from which Rotella was inspired to continue to achieve a commendable goal and – the deep investigation that led her not only to Catanzaro, but Also to Naples and Rome.
Rotella’s works have perfected her knowledge of the poet because through an in-depth reading of the works in the manuscript, from poetic texts to prose texts, to rich correspondence, to tickets dedicated to her on the occasion of her death, the Doctor has managed to paint a somewhat authentic picture of de Nobili’s strong and independent personality and committed, as well as identifying her as a woman of great culture and humanity.
Dr. Rotella clearly explained the work done; Report the difficulties you encountered in finding literary material as the works found are sometimes fragmentary and scattered. The poet was part of many literary academies, some of which now do not exist and others, such as the Academie degli Affaticati of Tropea and Florimontana of Vibo, did not provide reliable data. However, we know for sure that De Nobili was part of the Arcadia of Rome, under the pseudonym Arminda Lesbiense, as shown in the catalogs of the Academy in Rome and in a note of condolence expressed to the family in 1847.
The telling of the story of the novel “L’orfana della Fiumarella” aroused particular interest and is a subject of discussion. At the end of the meeting, the publisher Lucia expressed her intention to bring Rotella’s work to the book fair in Turin, in the hope that the author would continue to highlight other literary aspects of the poet, whose works deserve more in-depth study also because the Lady of Letters of Calabria lived between the two centuries which marked the nascent Italian unification, an almost unknown chapter of the homeland’s history. Therefore, Annalaura Rotella’s text deserves more than one reading for its fluency with the themes and for the abundance of reported passages.