A team from the Literature Department of the UA&P College of Arts and Sciences contributed the chapter “Pinocchio in the Philippines” to Atlante Pinocchio from Treccani, one of Italy’s most prestigious publishing houses. The team is composed of Dr. Philip Peckson, Dr. Joem Antonio, Mr. Vince Agcaoili and Ms. Meryl Hernandez.

The book is a collaboration between the Università per Stranieri di Perugia and the Fondazione Collodi. From the Treccani website:

“The volume reconstructs for the first time the spread of Pinocchio in the world and the international ‘ luck ’ that the puppet’s history and its protagonist have had, from publication by volume (1883) to today. Divided into 96 chapters and embellished with six rich iconographic itineraries, the Atlas tells the long journey of a book that never ceases to speak to readers of different cultures, languages, religions and traditions. The attention of the volume is concentrated on the integral translations of Collodi’s book, but there are numerous references to Pinocchio’s presence in the collective imagination and in the social and cultural life of peoples, to the television and film versions, to the illustrations that accompanied the various editions and to the theatrical reductions.”

The Literature Department’s work was translated into Italian by the Philippine Italian Association. An English edition is planned.