Fairy-Tale Heroism: Italian Style

Submitted by Genevieve Bleidner '13 on April 30, 2010

On Monday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Prof. Nancy Canepa delivered a lecture entitled “Fairy-Tale Heroism, Italian Style.” Prof. Canepa, Associate Professor of Italian at Dartmouth College and a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Graduate School, 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). She is the winner of multiple prizes and awards for her writing and has published multiple translations.

Prof. Canepa delivered her ideas with a true passion for the subject, and kept a captivated audience which was composed of Fairfield faculty and students, as well as members of the community. The lecture included a discussion on both male and female heroes and different examples of heroism present in the works of Giambattista Basile and Italo Calvino. Prof. Canepa explored the connection between these stories and the cultural and historical contexts in which the two collections were written, welcoming ideas form audience members and engaging discussion.

Fairfield was privileged to have had such an acclaimed author and Professor of Italian studies to spark discussion on our campus. Audience members walked away with a greater understanding of Italian fairy-tales, and a greater appreciation for all the intricacies woven throughout certain tales. The event was sponsored by the Italian Studies Program, the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and the Department of English.

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