Florentine drama for convent and festival : seven sacred by Antonia Pulci

By Antonia Pulci

A proficient poet and a talented dramatist, Antonia Pulci (1452-1501) pursued vocations, first as a spouse and later as founding father of an Augustinian order. in the course of and after her marriage, Pulci authored numerous sacre rappresentazioni—one-act performs on Christian topics. frequently written to be played by way of nuns for woman audiences, Pulci's performs concentration heavily at the issues of ladies. Exploring the alternative that Renaissance ladies had among marriage, the convent, or uncloistered non secular existence, Pulci's lady characters don't basically glorify the non secular lifestyles on the fee of the secular. quite, those girls examine and take care of the undesirable advances of guys, negligent and abusive husbands and suitors, the hazards of childbearing, and the disappointments of kid rearing. They deal with families and kingdoms effectively. Pulci's heroines are considerate; their potential for research and motion on a regular basis get to the bottom of the ethical, filial, and spiritual crises in their husbands and admirers.

Available in English for the 1st time, this quantity recovers the lengthy muted voice of an early and significant lady Italian poet and playwright.

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This contained a collection of lives of the desert fathers of Egypt (including St. Anthony) by Saint Athanasius (295-373) that, with later additions, had been translated first into Latin and later into Italian. Beyond this, the curriculum included The Golden Legend (composed 1260-67) of Jacopo di Verrazzo (Jacobus de Voragine), and translated into Italian as A Collectionof Legendsoj theSaints. The chivalric romances with their stories of knights and ladies appeared as well. 15 The hagiographical matter of some of Pulci's plays reflects a close 14.

Domitilla, St. Guglielma,St. Theodora,and Rosana. The situations some of these women encounter parallel those that Pulci had to deal with in her own lifeoften so closely that one is hard pressed to resist seeing in her plots thinly veiled displacements of her own experience and circumstances. The relations between fathers and daughters, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, lovers and beloveds, and mothers and children of- 2 In the last twenty years, the works of Christme De Pizan have become widely available See her Ditii de lebanne d'Arc, ed Angus j.

In one of a number of striking anachronisms that conflate early Christian Egypt and fifteenth-century Florence In this play, Anthony convinces his sister that she should enter the convent of the Murate in Florence-the reverse of Puler's personal situation since she had to convince her brother that she preferred the religious life. The allusion to the Murate also serves to rdentify the play With the Pulci family, Bernardo wrote a poem of 206 octaves on the passion of Christ and addressed it, together with a letter, to Sister Annalena de' Tarum in that convent 6 St.

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