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The Evolving Concept of Stage in the Italian Renaissance Tragedy

The Evolving Concept of Stage in the Italian Renaissance Tragedy
100 St. Joseph St., Carr Hall 404
Time: Dec 4th, 4:00 pm End: Dec 4th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Music, Faculty of , Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture by Salvatore DiMaria, University of Tennessee

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Salvatore DiMaria, University of Tennessee
 
The Evolving Concept of Stage in the Italian Renaissance Tragedy
 

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Carr Hall 404
100 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College
University of Toronto
 
A reception to follow.
Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca
 
With few exceptions, the body of existing critical studies on the Italian Renaissance tragedy examines the genre in terms of its literary form and content, treating theater as any other work of literature either in prose or poetry. But theater does not consist of just a verbal code, it is also informed by a semiotic text that is expressed through sounds, movements, gestures, appearance, diction, tone of voice, space, and similar stage peculiarities.  Besides producing meaning, these signs have a considerable dramaturgical function in that they engage the spectators sensorially, creating an atmosphere of anxiety and suspense.
 
Salvatore DiMaria is a professor of Italian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He received his early education from the Italian public schools, the B.A. from the University of North Carolina, and the Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In 1984, he co-authored a book on Ariosto, and has since written articles on various Renaissance authors, ranging from Dante and Boccaccio to Machiavelli, Guicciardini, Bandello, Cecchi, and others. In 2001, he published The Italian Tragedy in the Renaissance: Cultural Realities and Theatrical Innovations, and in early 2013 The Poetics of Imitation in the Italian Theater of the Renaissance.   He is presently working on the Questione meridionale.

For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.

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