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Giambattista Basile: The Other Fairy Godfather

Conference: Saturday 24 June 2023 at the University of Chichester, Bishop Otter campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE
CfP deadline Friday 14th April 2023

Alongside Francesco Straparola, Giambattista Basile is the most significant early author of fairy tales in Western Europe. Described by Jack Zipes as ‘the most talented and innovative of the fairy-tale writers in Europe’, Basile’s Lo cunto de li cunti is a seminal text, the influence of which – although contested – is immeasurable. It is also an important product of the Italian Renaissance, and Neapolitan culture in particular. To mark the significance of Basile, the Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction will hold a one-day conference on Saturday 24th June 2023 to discuss Basile, his work, and the wider world of which he was a product.

Topics include for 20-minute papers include:

  • Basile’s life and work
  • The life and career of Adriana Basile
  • The academies in early modern Naples
  • The Neapolitan Renaissance
  • The language question in early modern Naples
  • Neapolitan court culture
  • Lo cunto de li cunti
  • Italian folktales/fairy tales
  • Early modern folktale/fairy tales
  • Reception and translations of Lo cunto de li cunti

Please send abstracts (250 words) with your details to Heather Robbins (h.robbins@chi.ac.uk), Lorenza Gianfrancesco (l.gianfrancesco@chi.ac.uk) or Paul Quinn (p.quinn@chi.ac.uk) by Friday 14th April 2023.

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