Florentine Drama for Convent and Festival: Seven Sacred Plays

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Drama - 312 pages
A talented poet and a gifted dramatist, Antonia Pulci (1452-1501) pursued two vocations, first as a wife and later as founder of an Augustinian order. During and after her marriage, Pulci authored several sacre rappresentazioni—one-act plays on Christian subjects. Often written to be performed by nuns for female audiences, Pulci's plays focus closely on the concerns of women. Exploring the choice that Renaissance women had between marriage, the convent, or uncloistered religious life, Pulci's female characters do not merely glorify the religious life at the expense of the secular. Rather, these women consider and deal with the unwanted advances of men, negligent and abusive husbands and suitors, the dangers of childbearing, and the disappointments of child rearing. They manage households and kingdoms successfully. Pulci's heroines are thoughtful; their capacity for analysis and action regularly resolve the moral, filial, and religious crises of their husbands and admirers.

Available in English for the first time, this volume recovers the long muted voice of an early and important female Italian poet and playwright.
 

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Contents

Antonia Pulci and Her Plays
3
The Play of St Francis
47
The Play of Saint Flavia Domitilla
75
The Play of Saint Gugliema
103
The Play of the Prodigal Son
135
The Play of Saint Anthony the Abbot
155
The Play of Saint Theodora
187
The Play and Festival of Rosana
217
The Second Part of the Festival of Ulimentus and Rosana
241
Index
277
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Page xiii - Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
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