The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0470  Tuesday, 1 September 2009

From:       Michele Marrapodi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Tuesday, 1 Sep 2009 16:09:31 +0100
Subject:    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies - Books Announcement

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I am pleased to announce the publication of the following new books in 
the Ashgate series "Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies":

_Shakespeare, Politics, and Italy: Intertextuality on the Jacobean 
Stage_ By Michael J. Redmond, University of Palermo, Italy

"The use of Italian culture in the Jacobean theatre was never an 
isolated gesture. In considering the ideological repercussions of 
references to Italy in prominent works by Shakespeare and his 
contemporaries, Michael J. Redmond argues that early modern 
intertextuality was a dynamic process of allusion, quotation, and 
revision. Beyond any individual narrative source, Redmond foregrounds 
the fundamental role of Italian textual precedents in the staging of 
domestic anxieties about state crisis, nationalism, and court intrigue. 
By focusing on the self-conscious, overt rehearsal of existing texts and 
genres, the book offers a new approach to the intertextual strategies of 
early modern English political drama. The pervasive circulation of 
Cinquecento political theorists like Machiavelli, Castiglione, and 
Guicciardini combined with recurrent English representations of Italy to 
ensure that the negotiation with previous writing formed an integral 
part of the dramatic agendas of period plays."

_Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama: Comic Elders on the 
Italian and Shakespearean Stage_ By Anthony Ellis, Western Michigan 
University, USA

"This first book-length study to trace the evolution of the comic old 
man in Italian and English Renaissance comedy shows how English 
dramatists adopted and reimagined an Italian model to reflect native 
concerns about and attitudes toward growing old. Anthony Ellis provides 
an in-depth study of the comic old man in the erudite comedy of 
sixteenth-century Florence; the character's parallel development in 
early modern Venice, including the commedia dell'arte; and, along with a 
consideration of Anglo-Italian intertextuality, the character's 
subsequent flourishing on the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage. In 
outlining the character's development, Ellis identifies and describes 
the physical and behavioral characteristics of the comic old man and 
situates these traits within early modern society by considering 
prevailing medical theories, sexual myths, and intergenerational 
conflict over political and economic circumstances. The plays examined 
include Italian dramas by Bernardo Dovizi da Bibbiena, Niccolo 
Machiavelli, Donato Giannotti, Lorenzino de' Medici, Andrea Calmo, and 
Flaminio Scala, and English works by William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, 
and Thomas Dekker, along with Middleton, Rowley, and Heywood's The Old 
Law. Besides providing insight into stage representations of aging, this 
book illuminates how early modern people conceived of and responded to 
the experience of growing old and its social, economic, and physical 

_Identity, Otherness, and Empire in Shakespeare's Rome_ Edited by Maria 
Del Sapio Garbero, Universita Roma Tre, Italy

"Contributors to this collection delve into the relationship between 
Rome and Shakespeare. They view the presence of Rome in Shakespeare's 
plays not simply as an unquestioned model of imperial culture, or a 
routine chapter in the history of literary influence, but rather as the 
problematic link with a distant and foreign ancestry which is both 
revered and ravaged in its translation into the terms of the Bard's own 
cultural moment. During a time when England was engaged in constructing 
a rhetoric of imperial nationhood, the contributors demonstrate that 
Englishmen used Roman history and the classical heritage to mediate a 
complex range of issues, from notions of cultural identity and gender to 
the representation of systems of exchange with Otherness in the 
expanding ethnic space of the nation.  This volume addresses matters of 
concern not only for Shakespeare scholars but also for students 
interested in issues connected with gender, postcolonialism, and 
globalization. Drawing implicitly or explicitly on recent criticism 
(intertextual studies, postcolonial theory, Derrida's conceptualization 
of hospitality, gender studies, global studies) the essayists explore 
how the Roman Shakespeare of an emerging early modern empire asks 
questions of our present as well as of our past."

New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor
"Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies"
University of Palermo

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