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Daniela D’Eugenio (University of Arkansas) – “The Hopeless Tricked and the Clever Trickster from Boccaccio to Basile”

September 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Medieval and Early Modern Italian literary texts include abundant tricks, usually played by clever people on simple-minded victims for amusement or profit. What makes a series of actions a trick? Are tricks only comic or can they cause tragic consequences? How does the interaction between the trickster and the tricked develop throughout the story and how is a larger community involved? In Boccaccio’s stories devoted to Calandrino in the Decameron, Antonio di Manetti’s The Fat Woodworker, and Giambattista Basile’s first tale of his The Tale of Tales, the way tricks are delivered, the effects they cause, and the evolution in the characters’ personalities offer many elements for interpreting comedy and irony and for analyzing the trickster’s mind. In these short stories and fables, even the most hopeless tricked character can evolve into a clever trickster.



September 18, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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