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

Women on the Stage in Early Modern Italy

Presiding Officer: 
Nicla Riverso, University of Washington

The sixteenth- and seventeenth-century theatre was under attack by the militant elements of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, making one of the most transgressive choices a woman could make during this time the choice to become an actress. This panel is seeking papers that analyze how difficult it was for women to prevail against religious and cultural prejudices, as well as papers that explore how some women were able to gain respect and recognition as actresses through their capability to detach themselves from the image of sinful temptresses, blending theater and culture together while ennobling themselves and their profession. This session invites proposals for papers which include, but are not limited to, the following themes: the role of Italian actresses in shaping early modern European theatre; actresses as sexualized commodities; talented actresses but also skillful playwrights, poets and musicians; from Piazze to Courts: from mountebanks to professional actresses; erotic roles in commedia dell'arte; actresses as comedies, tragedies and pastoral drama performers; actresses as sinful temptresses and deceitful women.

Cancelled (not being held)
Topic Type: 
Special Session