the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

We all know that the Greek Muses were nine sisters (Calliope, Euterpe, Polymnia…) devoted to the arts (poetry, flute playing, pantomime…). One was missing—Writing—who exists in other mythologies. Is it possible to correct this peculiar amnesia today? Autobiographies, journals, memoirs, correspondences, social networks all seem to indicate the emergence of a broader and broader—if scattered—community of amateur writers and graphomaniacs. Who are these people? Who are we who love to write in a variety of circumstances? We will ask ourselves, in the words of Italo Calvino: ”What is this myth trying to tell me?” We will rediscover the myths that guide and protect the instinctive drive to write about ourselves. At last we will name the tenth Muse, forgotten for too long and awaiting recognition after such a long silence (duration: approx. 2 hours).


Duccio Demetrio

is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Theories and Practices of Writing at the University of Milano Bicocca. He has devoted his research to studying adulthood. He has founded the Accademia del silenzio, the journal Adultità and, together with S. Tutino, the Libera Università dell’Autobiografia di Anghiari, a beacon for all wishing to write their life story and learn its philosophical, educational and therapeutical implications. His books include: Filosofia del camminare (2005), La vita schiva (2007), L’interiorità maschile (2010), all published by Raffaello Cortina; Ascetismo metropolitano (Ponte alle Grazie, 2009); La religiosità degli increduli (EMP, 2011). His books on writing are Raccontarsi (1996); Autoanalisi per non pazienti (2003); La scrittura clinica (2008); Perché amiamo scrivere (2011), published by Raffaello Cortina; I sensi del silenzio (Mimesis, 2012).

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Anna Salvo

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Andrea Moro

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Giulia Lazzarini

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Alessandro Barbero

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Luca Scarlini

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Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

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Giuseppe Civitarese

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Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

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Marino Niola

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Giacomo Marramao

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Ascanio Celestini

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Erri De Luca

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Ruggero Pierantoni

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Andrea Moro

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Marc Augé

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Enzo Moscato

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Alessandro Barbero

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Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

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Sergio Givone

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Event #33

Mario Brunello

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Telmo Pievani

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Event #36

Marco Paolini

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