Modern Languages Prof. Edits Book on Baroque Naples

Alessandro Giardino, assistant professor of Italian and Francophone studies, edited and published a new book, titled Corporeality and Performativity in Baroque Naples (Lexington Books, 2017).

The book provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Neapolitan Baroque through original and in-depth interpretations of pivotal masterpieces of Neapolitan art, literature, philosophy and theater. In each chapter, Naples is described as a cultural space in which the body functions as a visual, literary, and urban metaphor.

Giardino wrote a comprehensive introduction elaborating on the contemporary cogency of seminal cultural figures such as Giordano Bruno, Giambattista Basile, Caravaggio, Silvio Fiorillo and Raimondo di Sangro, Prince of San Severo. He also contributed a chapter, titled "Caravaggio: Women from the Margins."

Marcella Salvi, professor of Italian and Hispanic Studies also wrote a chapter for the book, titled "Pulcinella and Capitan Matamoros: Staging the Body of Naples in a Cloak-and-Dagger Neapolitan Drama." The mask of Pulcinella appears on the cover of the book as a pregnant visual synthesis of the topics discussed in the book. 

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