CfP – Ariosto, le fate, le streghe
Ariosto è un autore molto stimato e studiato anche all’estero. E molti sono gli eventi organizzati per celebrare l’anniversario dell’Orlando Furioso. Tra questi, il convegno interdisciplinare che si tiene negli USA nell’aprile 2017. Come è cambiato l’immaginario sulle fate e sulla magia dopo Ariosto. Il termine per l’invio dei contributi è il 1 gennaio 2017.
Witches, and Fairies before and after Ariosto
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso, the Center for Italian Studies at University of Pennsylvania celebrates the poet with an international interdisciplinary conference to be held 13-14 April 2017 (in Italian and English).
Ariosto’s Orlando furioso is not simply polarized between “l’arme” and “gli amori” but includes a further fascinating and sometimes problematic aspect: magic. Witches, fairies, sorcerers, necromancers, spirits, giants, fantastic animals, and enchanted objects are present throughout the poem. They are both Ariosto’s original creations and re-elaborations of the previous literary tradition, including Boiardo’s L’innamoramento di Orlando, the Carolingian and Breton cycles, and mythological sources. Enthralling for all kinds of readers, magical and marvellous elements were also criticized by early commentators in the literary debates of mid-Cinquecento and in the querelle opposing Ariosto and Tasso.
This conference aims at investigating the meanings, the morphology, the different approaches, and the reception of these ambiguous and fascinating elements. What was the interplay of literary tradition, science, and historical context in shaping these features? What was their influence on literature to come, art, and music? How do magical discourse and the power of words mirror the creative writing process?
Call for papers
Send proposals for 15-minute papers and a brief narrative vita to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 January 2017. Interdisciplinary papers are especially welcome.
Scientific Committee: Mauro Calcagno, Federica Caneparo, Eva Del Soldato, Fabio Finotti.
Organizing Committee: Marina Della Putta Johnston, Eva Del Soldato, Fabio Finotti
Registration is required only of speakers, by 1 March 2017. Attendance is free to the general public. The registration fee will help cover organization costs and support the publication of the proceedings. A link for online registration will be available in January.