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“Women Writers and the Canon:Valeria Miani and Isabetta Coreglia”
Start Date: 4/30/2014Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 4/30/2014End Time: 2:30 PM

Event Description:
Alexandra Coller (Assistant Professor, Department of  Languages and Literatures) investigates two newly rediscovered female-authored pastoral dramas, forthcoming in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series (Toronto), edited and translated by Alexandra Coller: Valeria Miani’s Amorosa speranza (Venice: Francesco Bolzetta, 1604), and Isabetta Coreglia, La Dori (Naples: Gio. Domenico Montanaro, 1634). The plays will be analyzed within the context of pastoral drama, that is, the canonical production of Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (1581) and Giovanni Battista Guarini’s Pastor fido (1589), the less well-known examples of Francesco Bracciolini, Francesco Contarini, and Muzio Manfredi, as well as against the backdrop of the more widely acclaimed pastorals of Isabella Andreini [Mirtilla, 1588], Maddalena Campiglia [Flori, 1588], and Barbara Torelli [Partenia, ms., comp. c. 1587].

As such, Miani’s and Coreglia’s early seventeenth-century plays attest to what Coller describes as the “fourth” generation of pastoral dramatic writing in Italy and the “second” generation of female-authored pastoral drama on the continent.

What can these female-authored dramatic works teach us about imitative and revisionist practices, the “negotiation” between canonical and non-canonical texts, as well as their own claims to originality?

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Lehman College  (View Map)
250 Bedford Park Blvd West
Bronx, NY 10468

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Room: 313
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Name: Alexandra Coller
Phone: Dept. of Languages
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