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Alle origini del mito letterario di Maria Stuarda in Italia

Carta, Veronica (2012) Alle origini del mito letterario di Maria Stuarda in Italia. [Doctoral Thesis]

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Abstract

This thesis analyses the pre-literary origins and the artistic development in Italy of the character of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, during the XVIth century and shows how her story soon developed into a myth. I have examined in particular the late Sixteenth-century Italian ambassadorial dispatches, early chronicles and historical materials of various kind that had never been considered together in any critical study. These early written testimonies of Mary Stuart’s story constitute the fertile ground from which the subsequent literary image of the Scottish Queen rose and prospered. Those texts, generally neglected by the critics, and in some cases existing only in manuscripted versions or rare prints, have been systematically analaysed and compared, with the aim to identify the most relevant and recurring themes and motifs, and discover the various phases of the artistic process which led to the creation of the literary myth. The research reveals how and to which extent Italy was involved in the political and religious debate in which Mary Stuart acted as a protagonist and how her image was received, understood and shaped in the Italian culture of the Sixteenth century.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date:23 February 2012
Tutor:Cortini, Maria Antonietta
PhD classes:Ciclo 23 > Studi filologici e letterari
Coordinator:Lavinio, Cristina
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Dipartimenti (fino a dicembre 2011) > Dipartimento di Filologie e letterature moderne
Subjects:Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-FIL-LET/10 Letteratura italiana
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mary Stuart, Controriforma, Counter Reformation, Myth, Mito
ID Code:663
Deposited On:12 Mar 2012 11:58

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