IX Edizione, Los Angeles,  2015




Love and Death in the Renaissance Castle


Friday, November 20, 2015 | UCLA Royce Hall Room 314

1:30 Registration

2:00 Welcoming Remarks

Massimo Ciavolella (Italian, UCLA), CMRS Director

Diane Ghirardo (School of Architecture, University of Southern California)


Heather Sottong (Italian, UCLA), Chair


2:15 "Odd Couples and Incongruous Fortifications: Dynastic Marriages and their Representations in Early Modern Italian Castles"

Guendalina Ajello Mahler (CMRS Associate, UCLA)


3:15 "‘No one would dare.’ Plots, Deceits and Craving for Power: Henry of Guise and Henry III at the Château of Blois"

Sara Taglialagamba (Independent Scholar, Pisa)


4:15 "Mysterious and Literary Murders (and Suicides) in Medieval Castles"

Antonella Tropeano (University for Foreigners, Perugia)


Saturday, November 21, 2015 | UCLA Royce Hall Room 314

8:30 Coffee, fruit, pastries



Brittany Asaro (Italian, California Lutheran University), Chair


9:00 "Secrets in Castles"

Giuseppe Mazzotta+ (Italian, Yale University)


10:00 "Arden of Faversham and the Locality of Love and Murder"

Allison Collins (Comparative Literature, UCLA)


11:00 "Lovers and Demons"

Diane Ghirardo (School of Architecture, University of Southern California)


12:00 "Gesualdo da Venosa: A Melancholic Murderer"

Remo Bodei (University of Pisa)

12:45 Lunch Break



Christiana Purdy Moudarres (Italian, Yale), Chair


2:00 "The Crime Scene: Who, When, Where, Why? (and How). Or: The Francesca Case"

Roberto Fedi (Italian and Comparative Cultures, University for Foreigners, Perugia)


3:00 "Ten Castles for One Kiss. The Story of Francesca da Rimini: Between Poetry and Fantasy"

Ferrucio Farina (Centro Internazionale di Studi Francesca da Rimini)


4:00 "Leigh Hunt’s The Story of Rimini (1816): Paolo and Francesca in Regency England"

Deirdre O’Grady (Languages and Literatures, University College Dublin)

4:45 Concluding Remarks


Funding for this program has been provided by members of the UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Council and the Centro Internazionale di Studi Francesca da Rimini.

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L’immagine guida dell’edizione 2014 è una libera elaborazione da
Francis Holl, Paolo & Francesca da Rimini, incisione dal dipinto di Gustave Doré, London, Becforth & Fairless, Dore Gallery, 1871.



© immagini e testi sono riproducibili solo con la citazione dell'evento