The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0146  Wednesday, 26 January 2005

From:           Michele Marrapodi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 26 Jan 2005 09:31:50 +0100
Subject:        Re: Obituary

It is with extreme sadness that I announce to all SHAKSPEReans and
Anglo-American scholars alike the untimely death of Agostino Lombardo,
outstanding Shakespearean scholar and international critic, who passed
away after an acute illness on 24 January 2005, aged 77. One of the
first and most productive students of Mario Praz, Lombardo guided,
encouraged, and developed Italian Anglistica for more than half a
century, leading a number of distinguished scholars to gain
international prestige. He founded the only chair of Shakespeare
criticism in Italy at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", which he
held until his retirement and, as an inspiring critic and fine
translator of Shakespeare and other early modern dramatists for stage
productions, his critical work has been highly influential throughout
Italy. A close friend of Giorgio Melchiori and other outstanding Italian
critics of his generation, Lombardo's own view of historical scepticism
moved from some characteristics of the existential and cultural
materialist approaches to a marked tendency to emphasize the ideological
links with our age, establishing an implied parallel between
Shakespeare's political agenda and the moral and political crisis of
modern and contemporary society. Alongside his own critical achievements
shown in a score of widely-known scholarly volumes and edited
collections of essays, he will be remembered for his inspiring teaching,
theoretical and critical commitment, and humanity. Among his latest
works, I would like to mention the creation of a yearbook of Shakespeare
studies, _Memoria di Shakespeare_ (Bulzoni) and of a book series of
Shakespearean essays _Piccola Biblioteca Shakespeariana_ (Bulzoni),
devised for both young and more established scholars.

Michele Marrapodi,
University of Palermo, Italy.

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