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

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
Location
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building
Date
Nov 12, 2012   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Speaker
Professor Eleonora Stoppino
Cost
Free and open to the public
Contact
Eduardo Ledesma, Assistant Professor of Spanish
E-Mail
eledes1@illinois.edu
Views
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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 The focus of the paper is an unpublished fifteenth-century chivalric text (Aquilante e Formosa), whose protagonist, Aquilante, is raised by a monkey, in one of the earliest literary accounts of feral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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