The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0063  Monday, 9 May 2011

From:         Michele Marrapodi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         March 9, 2011 6:08:30 AM EST
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 and Venice
By Graham Holderness, University of Hertfordshire, UK.

“Shakespeare and Venice is the first book-length study to describe and chronicle the mythological and fabulous status of Venice that was employed by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice and Othello to explore themes of metamorphosis. Holderness provides a full account of Venetian myth, historical accounts of the city’s relationship with both Judaism and Islam, and detailed readings of Shakespeare’s Venetian plays against the city’s mythical and historical dimensions.” (December, 2010)

Pollastra and the Origins of Twelfth Night. Parthenio, commedia (1516) with an English Translation.
By Louise George Clubb, The University of California at Berkeley, USA.

“Louise George Clubb presents here the first English translation of Pollastra’s long-lost Italian Renaissance comedy Parthenio, to which Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is ultimately traced. Also included are Clubb’s theater history chapters from the 1993 publication Romance and Aretine Humanism in Sienese Comedy, augmented with new findings. The supplementary scholarship provided here addresses the relationship of Shakespeare’s plays to Italian culture, and the technology of modern theater invented in Renaissance Italy.” (January, 2011)

Visions of Venice in Shakespeare
Edited by Laura Tosi and Shaul Bassi, both at the University of Venice, Italy.

“Despite the growing critical relevance of Shakespeare’s two Venetian plays and a burgeoning bibliography on both The Merchant of Venice and Othello, few books have dealt extensively with the relationship between Shakespeare and Venice. This timely collection fills a gap in the literature, addressing the new historical, political and economic questions that have been raised in the last few years about early modern globalization, multiculturalism, and multiple social and ethnic identities.” (February, 2011)

Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Theories: Anglo-Italian Transactions
Edited by Michele Marrapodi, University of Palermo, Italy.

“Throwing fresh light on a much discussed but still controversial field, this collection of essays places the presence of Italian literary theories against and alongside the background of English dramatic traditions, to assess this influence in the emergence of Elizabethan theatrical convention and the innovative dramatic practices under the early Stuarts.” (March, 2011)

New book proposals and edited collections of essays are welcome.

For a complete list of published and forthcoming books in the series, see the Ashgate website:

Best wishes,
Michele Marrapodi
General Editor,
University of Palermo, Italy.

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