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Saints' Bones Or Sinner's Words?: Rhetorical Destabilization, Chaucer's Pardoner, And Boccaccio's Frate Cipolla, Christopher Samuel Striker 2013 Dickinson College

Saints' Bones Or Sinner's Words?: Rhetorical Destabilization, Chaucer's Pardoner, And Boccaccio's Frate Cipolla, Christopher Samuel Striker

Student Honors Theses By Year

The essay that follows this Preface has little to do with the question I set about answering in January of 2013 when I first sat down to write about relics, rhetoric, Chaucer’s “Pardoner’s Tale,” and Boccaccio’s Decameron character Frate Cipolla. As I delved into the “Pardoner’s Tale,” looking at how the Pardoner treated his relics and how he presented them to his audiences, I realized that the Pardoner’s words meant different things to different people and that this idea was a primary focus of the text. I also realized that the process of denoting particular ...


Intersections In Immanence: Spinoza, Deleuze, Negri, Abigail Lowe 2013 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Intersections In Immanence: Spinoza, Deleuze, Negri, Abigail Lowe

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

The connection between French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Italian political theorist Antonio Negri has drawn attention in academic publications over the last decade. For both thinkers, the philosophical concept of immanence is central to how both respectively conceptualize the world. However, in order to consider their work with regard to a metaphysical grounding, one may benefit from turning to each thinker’s engagement with Jewish Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza whose immanent ontology, or monism, was indeed his Ethics. This essay concentrates on drawing out an ontological distinction between the philosophical projects of Deleuze and Negri by way of a close ...


Pietro Bembo’S Bias: Patronage, History, And The Italic Wars, Zachary M. Lizee 2013 East Tennessee State University

Pietro Bembo’S Bias: Patronage, History, And The Italic Wars, Zachary M. Lizee

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

During the Italic Wars, the Italian peninsula experienced foreign invasions and internal discord between rivaling duchies and city-states. Florence and Venice both faced internal and external discord due to the constant wars and political in fighting. Venetian Pietro Bembo wrote historical accounts of this period during the Renaissance. His contemporaries, Marino Sanudo, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Francesco Guicciardini, also wrote historical accounts of this time. My research spotlights Bembo’s history of the Venetian Republic. This history was written in a supposedly objective fashion, yet, scholarship shows that historical writing from this time contained bias. I focused on Bembo because there ...


Beyond The Suffering Of Being: Desire In Giacomo Leopardi And Samuel Beckett, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro 2013 The University of Western Ontario

Beyond The Suffering Of Being: Desire In Giacomo Leopardi And Samuel Beckett, Roberta Cauchi-Santoro

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

In this dissertation, I question critical approaches that argue for Giacomo Leopardi’s and Samuel Beckett’s pessimism and nihilism. Beckett quotes Leopardi when discussing the removal of desire in his monograph Proust, a context that has spurred pessimist and nihilist readings, whether the focus has been on one writer, the other, or both. I argue that the inappropriateness of the pessimist and nihilist label is, on the contrary, specifically exposed through the role of desire in the two thinkers. After tracing the notion of desire as it developed from Leopardi to key twentieth-century thinkers, I illustrate how, in contrast ...


Pasolini's Laugh: Joyful Ignorance In The Decameron, Andrea Privitera 2013 Western University

Pasolini's Laugh: Joyful Ignorance In The Decameron, Andrea Privitera

Modern Languages and Literatures Annual Graduate Conference

In this paper, I discuss Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron and its 1971 film adaptation by Pier Paolo Pasolini. To be more precise, I focus on the fifth novella of the sixth day, the one about Giotto and Forese, and its audiovisual re-elaboration, which can be seen as a very brief and at the same time very vivid example of Pasolini’s ideas on society, language and communication.


On The Cutting Edge: Innovative Services That Blend Technology With Purpose, Helen Y. Chu 2013 University of Oregon

On The Cutting Edge: Innovative Services That Blend Technology With Purpose, Helen Y. Chu

Helen Y. Chu

Join this lively session for a look at three exciting and innovative services being offered to meet new challenges on our campuses including data management, the need to rethink and repurpose physical spaces, and the growing services required to support the mobile tsunami. - Providing Data Management Support for Faculty at Trinity University - Mobile Services for Faculty and Students at Baylor University - A New Look into Space at the University of Oregon


Apulia: Undiscovered Italy, Richard Griscom 2013 University of Pennsylvania

Apulia: Undiscovered Italy, Richard Griscom

Alumni Travel Reading Lists

Suggested readings for the Penn Alumni Travel event in Apulia. See the Library Guide for this bibliography here.


Chaucer's Clerk's Tale And Boccaccio's Decameron X.10, Jessica Harkins 2013 College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Chaucer's Clerk's Tale And Boccaccio's Decameron X.10, Jessica Harkins

English Faculty Publications

Many readers find that Chaucer's Clerk's Tale profoundly critiques Petrarch's methods of translation, but hesitate to claim that Chaucer knew the text Petrarch was translating: Boccaccio's version of the Griselda story from the Decameron. This hesitation goes back to J. Burke Severs's assertion that Chaucer did not know Boccaccio's text. David Wallace began to undermine this argument by drawing attention to shared textual traits of these two versions of the story, but only John Finlayson has advanced the case directly against Severs by arguing that Boccaccio must be a source. What has perhaps most ...


An Imaged Life. Wanda Wulz And The Familiar Archive, Silvia Valisa 2013 Florida State University

An Imaged Life. Wanda Wulz And The Familiar Archive, Silvia Valisa

Silvia Valisa

This essay reviews Italian photographer Wanda Wulz's (1903-1984) artistic production in light of the family archive it belongs to, and it proposes an in-depth reading of Wulz's most famous avant-garde photograph, "Io + gatto." The Trieste-based Wulz family -Wanda's grandfather Giuseppe, her father Carlo, sisters Marion and Wanda- produced an impressive body of work that crosses genres, generations and styles. In particular, Wanda Wulz, an established professional in an epoch in which women were most often only the targets of the photographic gaze, brought a new sensibility to Italian photography, and contributed some of the most original Italian ...


A New Perspective On Dante’S Dream Of The Siren, Tomás Antonio Valle 2013 Hillsdale College Hillsdale, Michigan

A New Perspective On Dante’S Dream Of The Siren, Tomás Antonio Valle

The Oswald Review: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Criticism in the Discipline of English

No abstract provided.


Understanding Presence, Affordance And The Time/Space Dimensions For Language Learning In Virtual Worlds, Susanna Nocchi, Françoise Blin 2013 Dublin Institute of Technology

Understanding Presence, Affordance And The Time/Space Dimensions For Language Learning In Virtual Worlds, Susanna Nocchi, Françoise Blin

Articles

Notwithstanding their potential for novel approaches to language teaching and learning, Virtual Worlds (VWs) present numerous technological and pedagogical challenges that require new paradigms if the language learning experience and outcomes are to be successful. In this presentation, we argue that the notions of presence and affordance, together with the time/space dimensions of interactions in virtual worlds (e.g. Bakhtin’s (1981) chronotope, Foucault’s (1984) heteropia, and Lemke’s (2000) heterochrony), provide new insights into language learners’ trajectories as they attempt to carry out tasks that are designed to make use of virtual worlds’ characteristics and potentialities. We ...


"Il Signor Mengele Di Bolzano": L'Alto Adige Come Via Di Fuga Dei Criminali Nazisti (1945-1951), Gerald Steinacher 2013 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

"Il Signor Mengele Di Bolzano": L'Alto Adige Come Via Di Fuga Dei Criminali Nazisti (1945-1951), Gerald Steinacher

Faculty Publications, Department of History

Il tecnico altoatesino Richard Klement, il meccanico bolzanino Helmut Gregor: apparentemente semplici cittadini emigrati in Argentina dopo le devastazioni della seconda guerra mondiale. Ma questi nomi ne celano altri ben più noti: Adolf Eichmann e Josef Mengele. Sono solo due delle migliaia di nazisti che dopo la sconfitta, attraverso l'Alto Adige e il porto di Genova, riuscirono a raggiungere terre più sicure come Spagna, Sudamerica, Medio Oriente. Eichmann e Mengele si erano avvalsi per la loro fuga oltreoceano nel 1950 di documenti rilasciati loro in Alto Adige dopo aver assunto una nuova identità. Perché il prototipo del "burocrate dello ...


The Italian Influence On Robert Ferro, Luca Lanzilotta 2013 Dickinson College

The Italian Influence On Robert Ferro, Luca Lanzilotta

Faculty and Staff Publications By Year

Robert Ferro is, by his own definiton, a gay writer. His contributions to gay literture of the post Stonewall and early AIDS years are very will documented in Robert Bergman's book The Violet Hour: The Violet Quill and the Making of Gay Culture. But Robert Ferro is also an Italian-American author. Although many have read his novels from a gay perspective, Ferro's works have been deeply influenced by his Italian heritage. In this paper I will examine three of Robert Ferro's novels: The Family of Max Desir (1983), The Blue Star (1985) and Second Son (1988). In ...


Montaigne’S Italy: Madness, Melancholy And The Enigma Of Italy, Ayesha Ramachandran 2012 Yale University

Montaigne’S Italy: Madness, Melancholy And The Enigma Of Italy, Ayesha Ramachandran

Ayesha Ramachandran

This essay re-examines the question of Montaigne’s view of contemporary Italy and Italians by focusing on his allusions to Tasso in the Essais. It places Montaigne’s Italianism in the context of the virulent anti-Italian polemics in France in the 1570s and 1580s, and argues that his strategic choice of Tasso as an emblem for Italy, following his tour of the peninsula in 1580 to 1581, points to a conflicted, deeply ambivalent perspective on Franco-Italian relations in the late 16th century. In the Essais, Tasso and Italy become associated with brilliance and decay, madness and tragic decline.


Foreign Language Teacher Beliefs Questionnaire (Appendix B, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2013), Nicole A. Mills 2012 Harvard University

Foreign Language Teacher Beliefs Questionnaire (Appendix B, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2013), Nicole A. Mills

Nicole A Mills

No abstract provided.


Action Research: Bridging Theory And Practice, Nicole A. Mills 2012 Harvard University

Action Research: Bridging Theory And Practice, Nicole A. Mills

Nicole A Mills

This article explored a two year action research course aimed at linking theory and practice within the Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Second Language program for practicing foreign language teachers at Bennington College. Findings revealed that through self-reflection, participants were able to self-evaluate their teaching practices and beliefs, modify subsequent pedagogical approaches, and gain the tools necessary to engage in lifelong professional development.


Teacher Research Beliefs Questionnaire (Apppendix A, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2013), Nicole A. Mills 2012 Harvard University

Teacher Research Beliefs Questionnaire (Apppendix A, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Spring 2013), Nicole A. Mills

Nicole A Mills

No abstract provided.


Instructional Practices For Joint Scaffolded Disciplined Meaning-Making (Academic Exchange Quarterly, Table 1), Nicole A. Mills 2012 Harvard University

Instructional Practices For Joint Scaffolded Disciplined Meaning-Making (Academic Exchange Quarterly, Table 1), Nicole A. Mills

Nicole A Mills

No abstract provided.


Datación Del Príncipe: Inicio Y Culminación, William J. Connell 2012 Seton Hall University

Datación Del Príncipe: Inicio Y Culminación, William J. Connell

William Connell

This article establishes a new, more precise date
for the completion of Machiavelli’s work on The
Prince. Newly discovered documents in Florentine
Archives from July 1515 reveal that Niccolò
Machiavelli and his family were struggling to deal
with an unexpected crisis that had befallen them
in the previous several months. That crisis must
have been none other than the failure of
Machiavelli’s Prince to win favor with the book’s
dedicatee, Lorenzo de’ Medici the Younger. The
presentation of the book to Lorenzo can now be
dated between 15 May 1515 and 3 July 1515, and
probably toward ...


"Une Transformation Profonde": Decay And Beauty In Cléo From 5 To 7, Susan J. Garver 2012 Brigham Young University - Provo

"Une Transformation Profonde": Decay And Beauty In Cléo From 5 To 7, Susan J. Garver

All Theses and Dissertations

Cléo from 5 to 7 is perhaps the most famous work of influential French filmmaker Agnès Varda, who is often called the "Grande Dame of the New Wave". The depth of symbolism, the richness of imagery, the beginnings of cinécriture (a Varda-ism describing cinema as a form of writing that uses all the tools available to a filmmaker, not just words), and the charm of the story have guaranteed Cléo's popularity with scholars and audiences alike. Current scholarship has tended to focus on a few aspects of Cléo, including her role as a flâneuse, the use of mirrors and ...


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