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John Cutting
This article aims to illuminate the psychopathology of melancholia (depressive psychosis in Anglo-American parlance) by comparing it to a thought experiment conducted by the phenomenological philosopher Max Scheler (1874-1928), which he called the “Dionysian reduction”. The “Dionysian reduction” envisages a human being devoid of what in German is referred to as Geist – spirit and higher intellectual functions. Such a being would be tantamount to a non-human animal: reliant on instinct and with an overwhelming...

Arcadio Castillejo Benavente, La imprenta en Sevilla en el siglo XVI (1521-1600). Edición y prólogo a cargo de Cipriano López Lorenzo. Córdoba, Sevilla, Editorial Universidad de Córdoba, Editorial Universidad de Sevilla, 2019.

Giada Blasut
Reseña de Arcadio Castillejo Benavente, La imprenta en Sevilla en el siglo XVI (1521-1600). Edición y prólogo a cargo de Cipriano López Lorenzo. Córdoba, Sevilla, Editorial Universidad de Córdoba, Editorial Universidad de Sevilla, 2019.

Una nota sul Persiles di Cervantes: l’Isola sognata (II, 15) e la galleria di Hipólita Ferraresa (IV, 7)

Giovanni Cara
Il romanzo postumo di Cervantes è palesemente tutto costruito intorno al codice pittorico come tema e come problema rispetto alle risorse della scrittura. Nell’articolo si cerca in particolare di leggere le sequenze dell’isola sognata e del museo di Ippolita Ferrarese come un doppio movimento bilanciato in cui scrittura, pittura e profezia sono coese e fanno intravedere l’artista-scrittore al lavoro nella sua bottega, motivo costante nella poetica cervantina. In particolare, per II, 15 si prova a...

Italian Sociological Review, Vol 9, No 2 (2019)

Introduction. Our Interactionism...163 The Expanding Interactionist Community: On the Remarkable Breadth and Depth of Symbolic Interactionism...169 Remarks on Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism and Mass Society...182 The Sociological Study of Emotions: Interactionist Analysis Lines...194 Interactionism and the Sociology of Emotions...208 The Uses of Mead in Habermas’ Social Theory. Before the Theory of Communication Action...234 Goffman in Dixon. Ethnographer or Performer?...249 Reserved and Irreverent. Some Considerations on Erving Goffman’s Ethnographic Writing Style...268 Bullismo at School: a New Frame...

Introduction. Our Interactionism

Paola Di Nicola & Giuseppina Cersosimo
It was the aim of the management of the Italian Sociological Review to gather in a monographic issue, the materials of the third edition of Interactionist Colloquies, an initiative to which all participants are grateful. It is consistent with the purpose of the magazine to deepen the sociological debate, and contribute to an expansion of the discussion and research within interactionism and the disciplines coherent with it. Further, it proposes an approach aimed at advancing...

The Uses of Mead in Habermas’ Social Theory. Before the Theory of Communication Action

Luca Corchia
The aim of this paper is to show how Habermas used the writings of George Herbert Mead. This subject has already been examined by the critical literature; however, the originality of this analysis with respect to previous studies lies in its philological approach. The result of the research proves that the interest of Habermas towards the American social psychologist originates well before the Theory of Communicative Action and accompanies the elaboration of Habermas’ research programme...

Drama-Based Foreign Language Learning and the Modern Mandragola

Teresa Lobalsamo & Adriano Pasquali
Experiential learning is on the rise at post-secondary institutions across North America. Course instructors across all disciplines are implementing a wide variety of high-impact practices to investigate the transformative effects of experiential learning modules and student-centered environments on undergraduate education. At the University of Toronto Mississauga, experiential learning is the foundation of Italian Theatre and Performance, an upper-year Italian Studies course that uses drama and performance-based learning to reimagine the shape and function of foreign...

The Architecture of Memory: The Case of Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis

Maria Gerolemou & Magdalena Zira
This paper aims at analysing the function of memory in Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis from the perspective of its original conception and also with regard to a contemporary staging. The first part of the paper draws on memory in connection to the prehistory of the Trojan War. Retelling the sacrifice of Iphigenia, Euripides discusses memory as a non stable entity, which is formed by the specific social frameworks in which it operates. At the same...

Iphigenia Taurica and the Narrative Artificiality of Euripides’ Prologues

Marco Duranti
Taking Iphigenia Taurica as a case in point, this article will investigate the narrative artificiality of Euripides’ prologues. By creating prologic pieces which defied the dramatic festivals’ conventions, the Greek playwright distanced his tragedies from that kind of theatrical rituality, transforming them into a vessel for newly established and independent principles and values. Hence Euripides’ prologues set and defined the pre-conditions of his dramas, which may be perceived as a new intellectual construction. This article...

Waiting for Godot in the Marketplace: Setting the 2018 Edinburgh Festival in Context

Mark Brown
This article seeks, for those who are unfamiliar either with Edinburgh’s summer festivals or, at least, with their origins and history, to set the festival programmes we have today (and, in particular, the theatre programmes of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) in their broader historical, economic and cultural context. It then considers (from the author’s subjective standpoint) four of the best theatre productions presented in Edinburgh during the festivals of August...

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Collaborating with Euripides: Actors and Scholars Improve the Drama Text

Guido Avezzù
This article examines a passage from Euripides’ Electra which has been suspected of being textually interpolated. It is a fairly long passage, covering twenty-six lines out of overall fourty-four, between 357 and 400. Through an analysis of the cotextual and contextual consistency of the suspect portions, the article wishes to demonstrate that the scene under scrutiny, which shows no trace of incongruous additions, is coherent with the overall play text Electra as it has been...


Eric Nicholson
Introduction to the monographic section of Skenè 4.2.

“Breath of Kings”: Political and Theatrical Power in Richard II

David Schalkwyk & Elena Pellone
This essay challenges the way in which Richard II has been perceived and portrayed in recent films and theatrical adaptations and in literary criticism since Coleridge. It bases its research on experimental productions by Anərkē Shakespeare, using original practice techniques without a director, relying solely on the text rather than external conceptual impositions. Scrutinising Richard’s language as both an embodiment of performance, and embodied in performance, obviates received caricatures of Richard as weak, effeminate, gay,...

A Conversation on David Schalkwyk's Shakespeare, Love and Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018

Silvia Bigliazzi & David Schalkwyk
David Schalkwyk talks about his latest book on Shakespeare, Love and Language(Cambridge University Press, 2018) with Silvia Bigliazzi. Keywords: Shakespeare; love; language; desire; eros

Is Hamlet’s Madness True or Faked?

Guido Paduano
The article discusses Hamlet’s artificial madness by examining his own declarations of intent, his witticisms and intellectual constructions, as well as his relation with Ophelia. The argument is set against the backdrop of a few classical examples of Shakespearean criticism holding idealizing views.

\"The trouble with tragedy is the fuss it makes\": Reading Beckett's Not I as the (non)End of Tragedy

Carla Locatelli
Beckett challenges received notions of ‘classical’ tragedy in all of his works. In particular, in Not I the very possibility of tragedy is at stake in relation to the construction of subjectivity and agency. The play points to a state of human infirmity, and to a series of “tupenny aches over life and death” which seem to ridicule the notion of tragedy while representing it. Is it a (non)tragedy that life and death are “tupenny...

Cultural Study on Domestic Violence in Batak Community

Alesyanti Alesyanti
Many practical conflicts rise within societies these days. These has caused some intrusion to the people life. Based on my observations and predictions, this happened due to a lack of understanding about the culture, behavior, personalities, customs, and regulation which govern us all. Human being has been equipped to function by upholding the certain cultures values. That values, which must be up hold in particular society, may not be considered important by other communities; worse,...

Perspective of the Actor-Network Approach on Studies about Water

Maria Cristina Moncayo-Riascos & Walter Alfredo Salas-Zapata
Current struggles related to water access and control require modifying how heterogeneous connections that water establishes with diverse technical, social and natural processes during its circulation are studied. Actor-network theory is a useful approach to this kind of analysis since it allows the researcher to observe the reality as a network of relationships among human and non-human actors. The use of this approach in studies about water is still relatively scarce, and its application may...

'It’s all their Fault’. Immigrants as Scapegoats and a Mirror Revealing Social Contradictions

Sergio Cecchi
This article analyses the role as scapegoat and the ‘mirroring’ function performed by immigrants in societies where levels of economic inequality are increasing, and welfare structures are being constantly contracted. The central argument of this article is that, in a situation of prolonged economic crisis, political elites can blame certain minority groups for causing difficulties that really arise from macrosocial factors. In the first section, the article examines the creation in and by the media...

The Expanding Interactionist Community: On the Remarkable Breadth and Depth of Symbolic Interactionism

Thomas DeGloma
Dear Colleagues, I was delighted to learn about your third Interactionist Talks meeting. Reviewing your program gave me a sense of the diverse array of interesting interactionist scholarship taking place in Italy. I regret that I was unable to attend, but offer the following reflections about the growth and health of Symbolic Interactionism. My wish is that we continue to build bridges between our respective corners of the world and expand our vibrant and growing...

Remarks on Blumer, Symbolic Interactionism and Mass Society

Raffaele Rauty
The development of Symbolic Interactionism in Italy has benefited from a progressively positive relationship with Anglo Saxon Sociology, which has transcended the traditional boundaries of functionalism’s centrality. In its development, Herbert Blumer is a national and international point of reference because of his theoretical elaboration and contradictory relationship with the research process. His occasional and critical evaluation of mass society, considered in light of its prioritization of collective behavior, highlights an approach that suggests the...

Goffman in Dixon. Ethnographer or Performer?

Vincenzo Romania
In this article I analyse a little-known part of Erving Goffman’s production: his doctoral dissertation Communication Conduct in an Island Community (1953). I will consider in particular the methodological aspects of the research and the characteristics of the community studied. The article aims at demonstrating how the methodological discussion of this early work is so accurate, extensive and consistent with the ethnographical canon of the time to allow deconstructing of two typical criticism moved to...

Reserved and Irreverent. Some Considerations on Erving Goffman’s Ethnographic Writing Style

Giuseppe Toscano
Discretion and irreverence are two generally recurrent features when one refers to Erving Goffman. Even if their juxtaposition seems unlikely, both characteristics are strictly connected: they reveal the distinguishing trait of Goffman’s sociological gaze. The aim of this paper is to consider discretion and irreverence not only as hallmarks of the public presentation of Goffman’s self, but as methodological choices in developing his unique ethnographic writing style. Comparing Goffman’s way of writing to classical ethnographic...

Bullismo at School: a New Frame for Old Behaviours

Rosalba Perrotta
The sensitizing concepts of Symbolic Interactionism are particularly useful to analyse and solve social problems. To understand the phenomenon of bullying we can consider it through the lens of concepts such as: definition of the situation, frame, moral panic, deviant career and so on. ‘Bullismo’ is, in Italian, a new word, but school aggressiveness is nothing new: behaviours which are now put into the frame of bullying were, in the past, tolerated or accepted; we...

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