Public talk: Plasticity, Barbie and Plato & poetry reading from Plastic’s Republic

Presented by the Department of English and hosted by the Dalhousie Art Gallery


Giovanna Riccio
Giovanna Riccio is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she majored in philosophy. She is the author of Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical, 2010), Strong Bread (Quattro Books, 2011) and Plastic’s Republic (Guernica Editions, 2019). Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, the most recent being Dis(s)sent, Heartwood and A Filo Doppio (Donzelli editore, Rome), which includes Italian translations of her work. Her poems have been published in magazines, newspapers and journals including, CV2, The Puritan, Soglie (Italy) Voices in Italian-Americana (U.S.A.) and Les Écrits. Translations of her work have been published in Italian, Spanish, French and Romanian. She has participated in national and international events at Blue Met, The Edinburgh Fringe, Seamus Heaney Homeplace and the University of Calabria.


Plastic's Republic
In 2019 Barbie turns 60. Never only a toy, she defines the stellar. In Plastic’s Republic, Giovanna Riccio delves into Barbie’s impact on female beauty highlighting how plasticity in body and persona have allowed the doll to remain top-diva. Riccio’s witty, inimitable poems portray Barbie as a complex, contradictory global celebrity, but also explore the philosophical, feminist and body-image issues that this plastic goddess engenders, and in the finale, the poems naturally segue to the plastic-smothered ocean.​​


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