115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Italian I

Session Chair: 
Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach
Session 3: Friday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Kieffer 9
Topic Area: 


  1. Leonardo Giorgetti, University of California, Davis
    This paper will investigate the narrative development of the character of Alcina between the Orlando Furioso and the Cinque Canti from both the intra- and inter-textuality perspectives. The elements of parody and ambivalence suggested by Alcina’s aesthetical realm epitomize the concordia discors typical of Ariosto’s poetic interlace and recall the binary opposition illusion/reality structural to the fictitious nature of poetry.
  2. Adriana Guarro, UCLA
    My paper examines the theme of female friendship in Margherita Sarrocchi's Scanderbeide (1623), one of the first five epics authored by an Italian woman writer in the 17th century. More specifically, my paper analyzes how she makes visible the bond between two female protagonists by both following and breaking away from earlier epic traditions.    
  3. Viola Ardeni, University of California, Los Angeles
    This presentation investigates Carlo Gozzi’s role in the diffusion of fairy tales in the European theater. Despite fairy tales’ centennial dissemination, it is thanks to Gozzi’s The Love of the Three Oranges (1761) that fairy-tale theater is born. After an overview of Gozzi’s life and fairy-tale scholarship, the presentation examines the 1761 tale, specifically focusing on food metamorphosis and symbolism, and its influence on future writers.
  4. Clorinda Donato, California State University, Long Beach
    This paper examines Carlo Gozzi's 1764 Italian translation of John Cleland's Fanny Hill, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, which he entitled La Meretrice.  The domestication of Gozzi's translation reflects the cultural reality of eighteenth-century Venice, resulting in a strikingly different novel from Cleland's original.
Session Cancelled: