Workshop: Theatre and Politics in the Early Modern Age

Theatre and Politics in the Early Modern Age

Monday April 24 from 10:30am to 6pm in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Special Collections, Hesburgh Library

Please join us for an international workshop organized by Francesco Cotticelli, resident Distinguished Visiting Italian Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Theatre Studies at Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli.

Session I: 10:30am-12:50pm, Center for Digital Scholarship, Chair: Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)

10:30am: Introductory remarks by James McAdams (University of Notre Dame)

10:40am: Nancy L. D’Antuono (Saint Mary’s College)

Arcangelo Spagna, his Theater, and the Spanish Propaganda in late 17th century

11.20am: Roberta Carpani (Università Cattolica, Milan)

La festa, il teatro e la costruzione dell’identità politica delle famiglie nobili milanesi fra Cinquecento e Settecento. Il caso degli Arese e dei Borromeo

12:00pm: Francesco Cotticelli (Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” – Notre Dame)

Theater, Politics, and Diplomacy between Naples and Vienna in the 18th century

1-2pm: Lunch (buffet for speakers and participants)

Session II: 2:50pm-6:00pm, Rare Books and Special Collections, Room 103, Chair: John Welle (University of Notre Dame)

2.50pm: Paologiovanni Maione (Conservatorio di Musica “San Pietro a Majella” – Naples)

L’ambasciatore di Francia a Napoli: vaghe architetture e musica per le nozze del Delfino di Francia (Napoli 1745)

3:40pm: Pier Paolo Polzonetti (University of Notre Dame)

The Debaucher’s Meal: Representations of Tyranny in Opera Banquets from Sardanapale to Don Giovanni

4:30pm: Anton Juan (University of Notre Dame)

Touching the Wounds: The Transformations of Christ in Philippine Chameleon Theatre

5:20pm: Gerardo Tocchini (University “Ca’ Foscari” – Venice)

Puccini’s Tosca: an “opera without politics”?


The workshop is free but we request that you kindly RSVP using this form.


Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre.

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