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Corporeality and Performativity in Baroque Naples

The Body of Naples

by Alessandro Giardino Editor · Clorinda Donato Contributor


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This book provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Neapolitan Baroque, through original and in-depth interpretations of pivotal masterpieces of Neapolitan art, literature, philosophy, theater. The book also presents the city of Naples as a cultural space in which the body functions as a visual, literary, and urban metaphor. By examining the works of Giordano Bruno, Caravaggio, Giambattista Basile, Silvio Fiorillo and Raimondo di Sangro, Principe di San Severo, the essays comprising this volume show the contribution of these world renowned figures to the Baroque imagery of Naples, but also highlight the impact the city had on their work. Finally, the book stirs reflection on the enduring presence and current revival of the Neapolitan Baroque, by looking at contemporary culture and the cinematic adaptation of baroque works, such as Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales.

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Lexington Books
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Alessandro Giardino (Editor)

Alessandro Giardino is assistant professor of Italian and Francophone studies at St. Lawrence University.

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Contributor :
Marcella Salvi
Contributor :
Clorinda Donato
Editor :
Alessandro Giardino
Contributor :
Marino Forlino
Contributor :
Lara Harwood-Ventura
Contributor :
Carmela Benedetta Scala
Corporeality and Performativity in Baroque Naples
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