116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018


Session Chair: 
Enrico Vettore, California State University, Long Beach
Session 4: Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 103
Topic Area: 


  1. Nicla Riverso, University of Washington
    I will provide a better understanding of commedia dell’arte’s transition from an indecorous form of popular entertainment, performed in public spaces (piazze) and accused of teaching lust and corruption, to a legitimate and respected art-form, performed in aristocratic and royal court theatres before a refined and educated audience. I will show how relevant the works by some women artists were in changing the image of the commedia dell’arte.
  2. Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan, Miami University, Ohio
    The fundamental role women peasants had in support of the partisans’ movement during the time of the Italian resistance in World War II produced a particular fusion between local knowledge of the territory and political struggles. My paper proposes an eco-critical and eco-feminist reading of Viganò’s L’Agnese va a morire, set in the Comacchio Valley, in Romagna, as a way to illustrate the link between those two realities.
  3. Laura Garrison, University of Georgia
    Are there examples female vagabondaggio, women who live outside of the bounds and the terrain of patriarchal domination, who are not degraded and marked for violence and death in Italian cultural production?  I discuss the (non)existence of this “Unexpected subject" anticipated by Carla Lonzi in contemporary production of culture. 
  4. Monica Streifer, Bucknell University
    In Il racconto del Vajont, Marco Paolini uses theater and performance art to bear witness to a national environmental disaster and its human causes.   
Session Cancelled: