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The Italian Brand:Re-evaluating Italian Influence in EarlyModern English Culture

19th April from 9 a.m to 5 p.m

Shakespeare and His Contemporaries 2024 The IASEMS Graduate Conference


9.30 – OPENING REMARKS Serena Cenni Associazione Culturale Il Palmerino

Iolanda Plescia President of IASEMS

10.00 / KEYNOTE LECTURE Chair: Loretta Innocenti, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice ANDREW HADFIELD University of Sussex William Thomas: Translator, Traitor, and Traveller to Italy

10.45 / Discussion

11.00 / Coffee Break

11.30 / MORNING SESSION Sofia Degli Espositi (University of Pavia) The First English Readers of Machiavelli’s The Prince. The Case of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton Giulia Drago (Sapienza University of Rome) Cantare, Canting? The Italian Brand between Learning and Deception in Early Modern England Leonardo Bagnulo (Sapienza University of Rome) “[T]urning into English what was turned out of English”: Henry Carey’s Translation of Giovanni Francesco Biondi’s Istoria delle Guerre Civili d’Inghilterra

12.30 / DISCUSSION


13.00 / LUNCH BREAK


14.30 /KEYNOTE LECTURE Chair: Roberta Ferrari, University of Pisa MICHAEL WYATT Dartmouth College The ‘Criminal’ Space of the immaginario: The Tempest, Eduardo De Fillipo’s L’arte della commedia, and the Isola di Asinara in Gianfranco Cabbidu’s La stoffa dei sogni (2016)


15.15 / Discussion


15.30/ AFTERNOON SESSION Caterina Pan (Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg) Anglo-Italian Parallels in Early Modern Itinerant Theatre: The English Comedians and the Commedia dell’Arte Michaela Válková (Charles University, Prague) “I shall see / Some squeaking Cleopatra boy my greatness”: Italian Actresses Defying Customs in Early Modern London


16.30 / Discussion


17.00 / FINAL REMARKS Cup of Te


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE Luca Baratta IASEMS Executive Board Manuela D’Amore Maria Luisa De Rinaldis with the assistance of Gilberta Golinelli Federica Parretti Iolanda Plescia Stefano Vincieri WEBSITES www.iasems.org


VENUE DATE Villa Il Palmerino 19 April 2024 Sala della Colonica via del Palmerino, 6 Firenze

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