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

SpeakerProfessor Eleonora Stoppino
Date Nov 12, 2012
Time 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  
Location Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Cost Free and open to the public
Sponsor Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
Contact Eduardo Ledesma, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Event type Lecture
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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 The focus of the paper is an unpublished fifteenth-century chivalric text (Aquilante e Formosa), whose protagonist, Aquilante, is raised by a monkey, in one of the earliest literary accounts of feral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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