Dartmouth professor to speak on "Fairy-Tale Heroism, Italian Style" at Fairfield University, April 26


 

Image: DiMenna-Nyselius LibraryNancy Canepa, Ph.D., associate professor of Italian at Dartmouth College, will speak on "Fairy-Tale Heroism, Italian Style," on Monday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Dr. Canepa will discuss male and female heroes and the paradigms of heroism they suggest in the works of Giambattista Basile and Italo Calvino. She will also analyze these tales' connection to the cultural and historical contexts in which the two collections were written. Admission is free.

Dr. Canepa is the author of two texts on fairy tales: "From Court to Forest: Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti and the Birth of the Literary Fairy Tale" (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999), the winner of Modern Language Association Howard R. Marraro and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for best book in Italian Studies (2000), and American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award (2001) and "Out of the Woods: The Origins of the Literary Fairy Tale in Italy and France" (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997).

Other translations by Dr. Canepa include Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio" (South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Italia, 2002); Roberto Benigni's "Pinocchio" (film - translation of subtitles) (Rome: Melampo Cinematografica, 2002) and Giambattista Basile's "The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones," a translated edition, with introduction and notes (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2007).

Currently Dr. Canepa is working on a translation project entitled "The Enchanted Boot: An Anthology of Italian Fairy Tales" (Detroit: Wayne State University, forthcoming) and a critical text entitled "Baroque Metamorphoses: Cultural Shifts in Seventeenth-Century Naples." She is also very interested in the teaching of fairy tales.

Dr. Canepa completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University and earned a doctoral degree from Yale University. Her lecture is being sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and the Department of English.

For information regarding this event please contact Mary Ann Carolan, Ph.D., director of the Program in Italian Studies, at mcarolan@fairfield.edu.

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Posted on April 19, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 276