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Interdisciplinary Conference in Cork in May

Sexualities, Textualities, Art and Music in Early Modern Italy
University College Cork, Ireland
May 18-19, 2007
 
Thanks to the work of scholars of civil and canon law, we now have a fairly nuanced understanding of the complexities of the legal codes governing sexual behaviour in early modern Italy. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the integration of sexualities with other aspects of early modern life and the role of writing, art and music in fashioning, circulating and even policing early modern Italian sexualities.
I welcome 20-minute papers on early modern Italian sexualities, particularly papers relating to female-female erotic practices and/or that deal with the 'erotic inheritance' from previous centuries.
Female-male erotic relations are ubiquitous in early modern literature, arts and music--the delicious suffering of the Petrarchan lover is set to exquisite music throughout the period, and the more prosaic suffering of non-Petrarchan lovers is likewise a topic for song, comedy and poetry. Male-male erotic relations are alluded to in literature, song and art, and have had some scholarly attention, but, Pietro Aretino's licentious works notwithstanding, female-female erotic practices and desires appear to be less commonly depicted. Some historians and literary scholars have discerned positive language for male-male activities and relationships in poetry and literature (for example, the erotic language of male friendship) or in art (e.g. the figure of Ganymede). Female-female practices and desire seem a particularly underexplored aspect of early modern Italy. The integration of eroticism with spirituality is likewise frequently alluded to yet poorly understood. Papers might explore the circumstances surrounding the use of alternative images for diverse sexual practices, or the integration of sexualities and/or eroticism into facets of early modern Italian life.
 
Current confirmed participants include Bonnie Blackburn (Wolfson College, Oxford), Donna Cardamone (University of Minnesota), Linda Carroll (Tulane University), Suzanne Cusick (New York University), Laura Giannetti (University of Miami), Julia Hairston, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Catherine Lawless (University of Limerick), Katherine McIver (University of Alabama, Birmingham), Guido Ruggiero (University of Miami), and Laurie Stras (University of Southampton). Deborah Roberts (of Musica Secreta and formerly of the Tallis Scholars) will perform a concert of music by 17th-century Italian courtesans and nuns.
 
Please send abstracts via email (either in the body of an email or as an attachment) to Melanie Marshall, ml.marshall@ucc.ie, by 7 February 2007.
 
 
For more details, please contact:
 
Dr Melanie L. Marshall
Department of Music
University College Cork
Cork
Co. Cork
Ireland
 
Email: ml.marshall@ucc.ie

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the integration of sexualities with other aspects of early modern life and the role of writing, art and music in fashioning, circulating and even policing early modern Italian sexualities - Thanks to Brian McCabe for the notification


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