Date of Degree

9-2019

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Comparative Literature

Advisor

Paolo Fasoli

Committee Members

Monica Calabritto

Clare Carroll

Subject Categories

Comparative Literature | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | History | Italian Language and Literature | Modern Languages | Translation Studies

Keywords

Italy, gender, England, drama, politics, history

Abstract

This dissertation looks at the creation and dissemination of alternative versions of English history through the means of dramatic fiction, and contextualizes them in the panorama of the intellectual debates of seventeenth-century Italy. Staging English Affairs in Early Modern Italy studies the ways in which the reinvention of Tudor and Stuart affairs in dramatic literature mirrored the ambitions, fears, and fantasies of a century in disquieting transformation. This research documents how news and information from England entered the Italian states, how they were perceived, and what their repurposing can reveal about the potentialities of intercultural exchange. Anglo-inspired drama became a privileged channel to expose and challenge issues as crucial as the legitimacy of female power, the ethics of rulership, and the crisis of divine right.

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