Research Seminar: "From Surface to Symptom and Back Again: Reading Isabella d’Este’s Correspondence"


Location: Special Collections

The Italian Research Seminar welcomes Deanna Shemek, Professor Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. Examining Isabella’s d’Este’s correspondence as both documentary evidence and textual performance, Shemek also explores the early modern letter as a technology: a tool and a medium for investigating, persuading, and reporting, but also for the circulation and confirmation of the writer’s persona within the many speech acts letters are designed to perform.

The talk will be followed by a discussion and a reception.

Co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame and the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies.

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