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CfP: Boccaccio 'vocalizzato': Voice, Reception, Performative Adaptations

Tuesday, September 11, 2018   (0 Comments)

"Boccaccio 'vocalizzato': Voice, Reception, Performative Adaptations"

NeMLA Convention 2019, Washington DC, March 21–24

In the aftermath of Vittore Branca’s seminal Boccaccio visualizzato, the visual dimension of Boccaccio’s works has been a favorite in the field of Boccaccio studies, with particular regards to their reception over the centuries. An area that remains instead largely unexplored is the ‘vocal’ dimension of Boccaccio’s writings, more specifically the ways in which the variety of ‘voices’ that populate Boccaccio’s works have been given some sort of phonic/acoustic existence.

The question of the ‘vocal’ dimension of Boccaccio’s works relates to both the author’s invention (how does Boccaccio deal with the many voices that live within his oeuvre?) and the reception of his writings (what is the role played by the ‘vocal’ in the multifaceted afterlife of the texts?). By focusing on the ways in which the acoustic nature of the voice contributes to the shaping of Boccaccio’s works across the continuum that connects creation and reception, this panel aims to reassess the vocal dimension of the text as pivotal to its production, reproduction, making and remaking.

Topics to be explored include, but are not limited to:

  • polyphony of the storytellers in the Decameron;
  • narrative voices and poetical voices in Boccaccio’s works;
  • voice as performance within Boccaccio’s writing (e.g. speech, singing, the performance of poetry, etc.) and through its afterlife;
  • performing voices / performed voices;
  • the musical reception of Boccaccio (settings, musical adaptations, etc.);
  • reading/singing/voicing Boccaccio;
  • the vocal dimension of texts as key to their reception


Organizers: Francesco Ciabattoni (Georgetown University) and Eugenio Refini (Johns Hopkins University)

Please submit your abstract by September 30 through the NeMLA website: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html


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