Event—Public Programming

An Italian Renaissance Diva’s Take on Love, Marriage, and Philosophy

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A prodigy in theater, literature, and music, Isabella Andreini was the most famous prima donna of the sixteenth-century commedia dell’arte, a colorful theatrical form featuring lively characters and spirited dialogue.

Please note: this offsite program will be held in person at Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 West Ohio Street. Learn about the Instituto’s COVID-19 visitor policy.

PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s guidelines, masks are required for all audience members. Free disposable masks will be available at the door.

A prodigy in theater, literature, and music, Isabella Andreini was the most famous prima donna of the sixteenth-century commedia dell’arte, a colorful theatrical form featuring lively characters and spirited dialogue.

Actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago will perform excerpts from Andreini’s Lovers’ Debates. In these excerpts, elegant lovers exchange witty, heated, and amorous lines on topics ranging from the nature of love and marriage to slander, sexual violence, and philosophy. The actors will also perform parts of Andreini’s Letters, which touch on many of the same topics in her own voice.

Following the performance, a roundtable discussion with scholars Pamela Allen Brown, Julie Campbell, Paola De Santo, Caterina Mongiat Farina, and Eric Nicholson will explore the recent translation and analysis of Andreini’s work.

Pamela Allen Brown, Julie Campbell, and Eric Nicholson are the translators of the volume Lovers’ Debates for the Stage: A Bilingual Edition (2022, University of Chicago Press).

This program is part of the conference hosted by the Newberry’s Center for Renaissance Studies, “Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Performance.” Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Learn more.

    This event is cosponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Istituto di Cultura Chicago.

    Speakers

    Pamela Allen Brown is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut.

    Julie D. Campbell is Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

    Paola De Santo is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Georgia.

    Caterina Mongiat Farina is Associate Professor of Italian at DePaul University.

    Eric Nicholson is on the faculty of Syracuse University in Florence.

    Cost and Registration

    This program is free and open to all.

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    Event—Center for Renaissance Studies

    Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Performance

    Sep 30-Oct 01, 2022

    This conferences explores how women’s performances of power, gender, and art before 1800 provide powerful paths towards understanding their lives and our own today.

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