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SIP -- Professor Eleonora Stoppino: "Tarzan in Tuscany: Wild Children and Education in Fourteenth-Century Italy"

Event Type
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Nov 12, 2012   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Professor Eleonora Stoppino
Free and open to the public
Originating Calendar
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

Part of a larger project on contagion and prophylaxis in Medieval and Early Modern European literature, this paper explores the educational value of representing humans through animals. In particular, Prof. Stoppino analyzes how the educational element inherent in many animal representations coexists with the anxiety over cross-species contamination. The focus of the paper is an unpublished fifteenth-century chivalric text (Aquilante e Formosa), whose protagonist, Aquilante, is raised by a monkey, in one of the earliest literary accounts of feral children written in Italian.

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