Barbara Torelli Benedetti, Partenia, a pastoral play. A bilingual edition edited with notes and translation
Sampson, L. and Burgess-Van Aken, B. (2013) Barbara Torelli Benedetti, Partenia, a pastoral play. A bilingual edition edited with notes and translation. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, The Toronto Series (22). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, pp359. ISBN 9780772721365
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This edition presents for the first time in print what is probably the earliest known secular, 'regular' play by a woman in Italy. As suggested in the introduction to the work, Torelli's play offers a fascinating example of female dramaturgy and creative adaptation of the pastoral genre in the context of late sixteenth-century Parma. Critical textual study is combined with new biographical material on the author and her literary milieu. The edition provides the first detailed palaeographical study of the complex Cremona manuscript of the play, which unusually includes emendations thought to be in the hand of the author herself (besides others). The transcription also describes for the first time in detail a newly discovered second manuscript of the play in Rome. The play-text is presented in the original Italian with a new facing English translation. Also included is the first transcription of the paratextual verse from the Cremona manuscript and the first transcribed collection of the author’s extant verse (both with translation).