85 Works

Two Worlds, One language: Metrics for the Chorus in Buchanan’s Euripidean translations

Francesco Dall'Olio
This article offers the first attempt at a complete analysis of the metrics of the Choral odes in George Buchanan’s Latin translations of Euripides’ Medea and Alcestis. The different solutions adopted by the humanist to render the complex metrics of those pieces in Greek tragedies are evaluated against the background formed by the history of the reception and translation of Greek tragedy in Renaissance Europe, as well as Buchanan’s own life and career. For Medea,...

Chanita Goodblatt. Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy. London and New York: Routledge, 2018

Hannibal Hamlin
Chanita Goodblatt’s Jewish and Christian Voices in English Reformation Biblical Drama: Enacting Family and Monarchy rides the second wave of the turn to religion in early modern literary studies, exploring the intertextuality relationships between a series of Renaissance plays and the biblical texts they adapt, as well as the commentaries that interpret those texts. A particular strength is her drawing on both Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions, showing how the latter is often dependent upon...


Robert Stagg
This afterword begins by returning the title of this collection to its origins in Philip Sidney’s Defence of Poesy (1595) and then ruminates on the problems and questions raised by its contributors. It concludes by wondering whether blank verse can be thought of as a kind of classical metre on the early modern English stage.

NuBE. Nuova Biblioteca Europea, N. 2 (2021)

Perfidious Albion: gli orizzonti distopici della Brexit...93-119 Country Houses, Stately Homes: The Tallis House between Tradition and Change in Ian McEwan’s «Atonement»...9-38 Lena Andersson, «Sveas son. En berättelse om folkhemmet», Polaris, Stockholm 2018...357-362 Searching for Rade Tanasijević’s «Quiet Places»...275-299 «Viaggio al termine della note»: forme di espatrio nella Nachwendezeit («Axolotl Roadkill» di Helene Hegemann e «Fief» di David Lopez)...121-150 «Not A Coming Or A Going At All». Looking for Home in Amitav Ghosh’s «The Shadow...

«Not A Coming Or A Going At All». Looking for Home in Amitav Ghosh’s «The Shadow Lines»

Alessia Polatti
The article considers the complexity of the concept of “home” in Amitav Ghosh’s novel The Shadow Lines (1988). I will examine how matters of migration and homesickness intersect a contemporary idea of a global borderless space, as well as the interrelationships and the exchangeability among topics like border, space, and home in Ghosh’s work. I will demonstrate that different characters of the novel correspondingly embody different ways of perceiving home and themes of crossing-borders: the...

«Viaggio al termine della note»: forme di espatrio nella Nachwendezeit («Axolotl Roadkill» di Helene Hegemann e «Fief» di David Lopez)

Francesca Pistocchi
Incentrandosi sui romanzi d’esordio di Helene Hegemann (Axolotl Roadkill, 2010) e di David Lopez (Fief, 2017), l’articolo intende illuminare i tratti ancora ambigui su cui si basa la narrativa europea del nuovo millennio. Scopo del contributo è analizzare, attraverso i due romanzi, la fisionomia di un corpus letterario sviluppatosi al di fuori dei paradigmi novecenteschi, cercando di individuare le cause dell’estraniamento e dell’alienazione che ancora gravano sulle macerie della vecchia Heimat.

An Anthem to Evoke the «Serious Strong Feeling» It Should: Kasta’s Rap Provocative Alternative to the Russian National Anthem

Martina Napolitano
In November 2019 the Russian rap group Kasta released the song Our Russian Anthem (Naš gimn Rossii). The song was introduced by a direct invitation to President Putin to consider the song as an alternative to the current national anthem. The analysis, summarizing the «national anthem crisis» Russia went through in the year 2000, indicates that Kasta’s song, similarly to other unofficial anthems, questions the traditional didactic structure of anthems, and carves out agency in...

«L’ultimo tedesco»? Identità, Heimat, tradizione. Questioni controverse nell’opera di Botho Strauß («Der letzte Deutsche», «Der Fortführer», «Sprengsel»)

Davide Di Maio
Il saggio analizza l’elaborazione dei concetti di “identità”, “patria” e “lingua” in Strauß. Seppure non sviluppati sistematicamente, è possibile seguire un filo rosso che si richiama al romanticismo e al conservatorismo tedesco. L’analisi dei tre titoli indicati dimostra come l’argomentazione tenda a spostarsi dal piano politico/sociale a quello letterario e estetico, confluendo su questioni tipicamente straußiane quali “tradizione” e “memoria”.

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Third Culture Kids. Å vokse opp mellom kulturer / Third Culture Kids. Crescere tra culture

Aon Raza Naqvi & Edoardo Checcucci
Si presentano due traduzioni, realizzate da Edoardo Checcucci, di testi tratti dall'antologia Third Culture Kids, uscita in Norvegia nel 2019. Il tema al centro delle traduzioni che qui si è ritenuto importante proporre è lo sfatamento dei pregiudizi e delle stigmatizzazioni che subiscono quotidianamente molte donne musulmane, nel tentativo di dimostrare che oggi esistono infiniti modi di essere una ragazza musulmana in Norvegia. Nel primo testo Fatimah Mahdi mostra come la religione musulmana e la...


Linda M. Napolitano Valditara
Introduction: an endless dialogue, subjects and ways Despite the appearances given by certain texts, the moral psychology of Socrates needs not imply selfishness. On the contrary, a close look at passages in Plato and Xenophon (see Plato, Meno 77-78; Protagoras 358; Gorgias 466-468; Euthydemus 278; Lysis 219; Xenophon, Memorabilia III 9, 4-5) suggests that the “egoist”’s welfare depends upon the welfare of others (i.e. family, friends or the whole city). Since the welfare of his...

Religiosidad socrática y felicidad

Francesc Casadesús Bordoy
Socratic religiosity and happiness The accusations that were made against Socrates in his trial give some clues that can help us understand what his religiosity was really about. The aim of this paper is to offer a detailed analysis of these accusations in order to conclude that Socrates created his own ideas and he aimed to prove that those were his particular means to achieve happiness. The fact that Socrates focus on them in the...

Sport and performance ethics in Helmuth Plessner

Oreste Tolone
Plessner’s interest in sport and play has anthropological roots. In the wake of Buytendijk, he identifies the ambivalence between the impulse towards constraint and autonomy, which characterises the playful attitude towards the world. This ambivalence is based on the relative closure to the world, on the intertwining of Weltgebundenheit and Weltoffenheit. This “relative closure” is characteristic of an eccentric being, who on the one hand has sunk into a body and on the other hand...

Introduzione. «Sono il Momento opportuno, signore di ogni cosa». Riflessioni introduttive su pieghe e intrecci di καιρός e apparenza

Arianna Fermani
Kairos and appearance are two rich notions, both from a linguistic and a conceptual point of view: unavoidable in philosophical reflection, they also represent fundamental crossroads of every human life, given that the “flourishing” of human life depends on grasping the opportune moment that requires to be expected but also realized. These two notions are called upon to work as a pair, as the contributions contained in this volume show from various points of view....

Von der «verspäteten Nation» der Deutschen zur verspäteten Föderation Europas

Hans-Peter Krüger
Plessner did not just criticize the democratic deficiencies in German history, in comparison with Western democracies, for its future as a delayed nation. He also at the same time brought out the federalist potentials within German history for a United States of Europe. Above all, he arrived at a new understanding of global history: European and US-American history give rise to High Capitalism, representing an economic (rather than political or spiritual and cultural) integration of...

Education in reality.

Carola Dietze
To what extent were intellectuals responsible for the Nazi power grab, and how could they contribute to a new beginning in Germany after 1945? Numerous scholars have debated these questions in relation to right-wing academics. This article places the intellectual development of the “half-Jew” and emigrant Helmuth Plessner in the context of such debates. As a man of the political middle who cautioned against political extremism on both the right and left all his life,...

Expanding the Perspectives on Affective Scaffoldings

Daniele Valentini
The debate in 4e approaches around scaffolded affectivity has yielded two models: user-resource interactions and mind-shaping. The former sees affective states as the result of the active manipulations performed by individuals on their environments. The latter examines human affectivity as shaped by the pressures exerted by socio-material contexts on individuals. Despite recognizing the interconnection between the two models in scaffolding affective experiences, the existing literature has mostly sidelined how they interrelate in online environments. In...

WEATHER#: Developing New Theatre Ecologies Through a Virtual Venue

Monica Cristini
WEATHER# is a multimedia performance based on the musical opera composed by Elizabeth Swados in 2014; its aim is to raise knowledge and awareness on climate change and human impact on the natural world. The new production presented in January 2021 develops the original work by using several artistic languages and performative forms in order to create a new and accessible social environment of cultural sharing, and to promote discussion about climate issues. Without following...

Shaping the Edges of a New Vision. The Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival 2021

Petra Bjelica
The article deals with the first edition of the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival. It gives an account about the founders, programme, and the main aim, describing how the festival uses Shakespeare as lingua franca to create a unique vision – a combination of research, theatre productions, new readings, and diverse theatrical, adaptation and dramaturgical practices. The guiding principles of the festival are multicultural approaches and multilingualism, transnational exchange, dialogue between and a showcase of emerging...

A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of Dance Lexis in Eight Early Modern Manuscripts: From the Inns of Court to Drama

Fabio Ciambella
This article conducts a corpus linguistics analysis on a series of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century manuscripts related to the practice of dance at the Inns of Court in London, in order to examine their possible influence on and relationship with terpsichorean lexis in early modern drama. Still considered one of the fewest – if not the only – extant indigenous proofs of the exercise of dance in early modern England before Playford’s The English Dancing Master...

Normal Non-Fluency and Verbatim Theatre: a Linguistic and Performative Analysis

Eleonora Fois & Daniela Francesca Virdis
The main inspiration for developing a creative verbatim theatre performance is the recording of members of a community, highlighting the claim that the interviewees’ exact words are entirely preserved so that the audience knows it is an authentic word-for-word account. While the common non-fluency features that characterize everyday speech abound in the language of verbatim theatre, the conventions of a theatrical script are strictly connected to their embodiment in performance, so some dramatic transformations are...

True Order of Versifying. The Reform of Elizabethan Poetry

Stephen Orgel
For a few decades in the sixteenth century, attempts were made to refashion English verse, as the Romans had refashioned theirs, according to the quantitative system of Greek poetry. The project now seems totally out of touch with the nature of the language and thus doomed to failure, but devising a system of quantitative poetry in English was a project that major poets and critics took seriously. Sir Philip Sidney wrote a good deal of...

Confluences and Spillages: Enjambment in Elizabethan Tragedy and the Classics

Emanuel Stelzer
This essay aims at assessing how a set of confluences, bringing together classical dramatic and epic tradition, its sixteenth-century continental (especially Italian) reception, and vernacular practices, led to the development of performative effects in the use of run-on lines in English dramatic blank verse. A dearth of theorisation in the early modern period has caused scholars to overlook the deliberate uses of this device except for stylometric and authorship studies. The imitation of classical metres...

'Doubtful Feet' and 'Healing Words': Greek Tragic Prosody in Samson Agonistes

Hannah Jane Crawforth
This article addresses the vexed issue of Milton’s increasingly free verse forms, with particular emphasis on his late closet drama, Samson Agonistes (1671). The metre of this work has long since baffled critics, who have been especially troubled by the prosodic experimentation evident in Milton’s use of the Chorus, a verse form he borrows from Greek tragic drama, which he takes as the model for this work. In the note he prefaces to Samson Milton...

Kafka in Lwiw. Mentale Karten Osteuropas im Roman «Anatolin» von Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Ievgeniia Voloshchuk
Im Beitrag wird ein Versuch unternommen, den Roman Anatolin (2008) des deutschen Gegenwartsautors Hans-Ulrich Treichel durch das Prisma der mentalen Karten Osteuropas zu lesen. Dabei stellen sich die Fragen danach, wie das Osteuropa-Konstrukt die Raumdarstellungen beeinflusst und wie die Letzteren mit kulturellen Orientierungen und existenzieller Identitätssuche des Protagonisten interagieren. Beiden Fragen wird aus einer postmigrantischen Perspektive nachgegangen, welche die Topografie des europäischen Raums im Roman prägt.

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