Biography

Professor Nicola Tanda (b. 22-December-1928, Sorso, Sardinia, Italy) now holds a personal chair in Sardinian Philology and Sardinian Literature in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Sassari in Sardinia, Italy. Prior to that he was Senior Lecturer of Italian Literature and Italian Language in the same Faculty.

He is a specialist in Theory of Literature applied to humanistic and to enlightened periods as times of transition. He is particularly interested in Contemporary Literature and especially in the geography of the multilingual literature of ethnic regions such as Sardinia.

He is Editor in Chief of the publishing house: "Biblioteca di Babele" and of the book series "Collana di letteratura sarda plurilingue". He has published scientific editions of contemporary Sardinian literary production as the curator of numerous books for "Biblioteca di Babele".

He is a member of the Regional Institution: Osservatorio della lingua e della cultura sarda, founded by a regional law, to protect and promote Sardinian literature and culture.

He is a national member of steering committee of the International Association of Italian Literature and Language Studies: AISLLI. (Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi di Lingua e Letteratura Italiana).

In 1980 he founded the Sardinian Center for Philological Study, of which he is currently president; and publishing director for CUEC of series of critical editions of the Corpus of Sardinian writers. The Center also promotes the study of Sardinian culture and the written use of the Sardinia tongue in medioeval and modern times.

He is President of the prestigious Sardinian Literary Prize Premio Ozieri founded in 1957 and is also involved in several Sardinian poetry prizes.

© Text copyright Francesca Chessa, University of Sassari, 2003.


Publications

Books

Critical editions & books edited by Tanda N.

Conference Proceedings – Articles - Essays


Book Publishing

The academic and cultural work of Prof. Nicola Tanda is supported by his considerable publishing activity.

From the end of '80s he has been the Director and Editor of the Contemporary Sardinian Writers series: "Scrittori sardi contemporanei" (Casa Editrice Mediterranea) in Sassari. In 1995 he founded a new publishing house: the "Biblioteca di Babele", EDES. He is now Editor in Chief of that publishing house and of the book series "Collana di letteratura sarda plurilingue".
These book collections have brought to light the true substance of the Sardinian 20th century literature in both Italian and Sardinian.

'I Quaderni del Sardinian PEN Club'

Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali, Versions in sardo-campidanese and Italian of Salvator Angelo Spano, (English frontispiece) Quaderni del Sardinian Pen Club, Edes, Sassari, 2001

'I Quaderni della memoria'

Porcu Gaias, Sa meliagra, I Quaderni della memoria, Edes, Sassari, 2001

Edizioni 2D Editrice Mediterranea, Delfino, Sassari

Series of works by contemporary Sardinian writers founded and edited by Prof. Nicola Tanda:
  1. Benvenuto Lobina, Po cantu Biddanoa, 2D Mediterranea, Sassari, 1987;
  2. Predu Mura, Sas poesias d'una bida, 2D Mediterranea, Sassari, 1992;
  3. Francesco Zedda, Maracanda, 2D Mediterranea, Sassari, 1996.

Catalogue of the "Biblioteca di Babele":

  1. Franco Cocco, Le radici del pianto, Edes, Sassari, 1995;
  2. Grazia Maria Poddighe, La miniera, Edes, Sassari, 1995;
  3. Giuseppe Dessì, Eleonora d’Arborea, Edes, Sassari, 1995;
  4. Salvator Ruju, Novelle, Edes, Sassari, 1996;
  5. Salvatore Farina, La mia giornata. Dall’alba al meriggio, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  6. Salvatore Farina, La mia giornata. Care ombre, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  7. Salvatore Farina, La mia giornata. Dal meriggio al tramonto, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  8. Francesco Brundu, Adalgisa e altri racconti, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  9. Antonio Mura Ena, Memorie del tempo di Lula, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  10. Giacinto Satta, L’enigma e altri racconti, Edes, Sassari, 1997;
  11. Antonio Mura Ena, Recuida, Edes, Sassari, 1998;
  12. Paolo Cherchi, Herostraticon, Edes, Sassari, 2000;
  13. Ignazio Delogu, A boghe sola, Edes, Sassari, 2000;
  14. Grazia Maria Poddighe, Il paese dell’uva, Edes, Sassari, 2000.
  15. Francesco Mura, Il filo rosso, Edes, Sassari, 2001
  16. Grazia Deledda, Cannas in podere a bentu, traduzione di Giorgio Addis, Edes, Sassari, 2001
  17. Salvatore Farina, La figura e il ruolo a 150 anni dalla nascita, Atti del Convegno Sassari/Sorso dicembre 1996 a cura di Dino Manca, Voll. I/II, Edes, Sassari, 2001
  18. Claudio Varese, Preziosa di Sanluri, ovvero i montanari sardi, Edes, Sassari, 2002
  19. Aldo Salis, Un cugnoru di parauri, Edes, Sassari, 2003
  20. Salvatorangelo Spano, Genti mia, Edes, Sassari, 2003

Sardinian Center of Philological Study/CUEC:

Director of the Sardinian Center of Philological Study/CUEC in Cagliari. The series Sardinian Writers (which brings together texts and archives) has as objective of the assembly, as a unitary and organic whole, the works produced by Sardinian thinkers and writers since the days of antiquity up until today: an essential cultural policy that aims to provide, in accurate editions, the texts of a tradition, the understanding of which will be an indispensible basis for concept of an open and modern identity.
  1. Giuseppe Cossu, La coltivazione de' gelsi e propagazione de' filugelli in Sardegna, a cura di Giuseppe Marci, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;
  2. Il Condaghe di Santa Maria di Bonarcado, a cura di Maurizio Virdis, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;
  3. Antonio Cano, Sa Vitta et sa Morte, et Passione de sanctu Gavinu, Prothu et Januariu, a cura di Dino Manca, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;
  4. Domenico Simon, Le piante, a cura di Giuseppe Marci, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;
  5. Il libro sardo della confraternita dei disciplinati di Santa Croce di Nuoro (XVI secolo), a cura di Giovanni Lupinu, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;
  6. Francesco Ignazio Mannu, Su patriotu sardu a sos feudatarios, a cura di Luciano Carta, Cagliari, CUEC, 2003;