“Abandoned Daughter: A Venetian Nun Wages War” The Story of Arcangela Tarabotti

Presented by Marsha Fazio

Lecturer, School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, ASU

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ

Co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation and Project Humanities at Arizona State University

About the Program

Arcangela Tarabotti, a remarkable 17th century Venetian nun, forced to take the veil as a child, denounced in blistering attacks – written from within convent walls – the patriarchal powers responsible for the systematic, endemic practice of cloistering young females. Tarabotti’s articulate defense of women and fearless exposure of the injustices perpetrated by family, church and state reveal the nun’s true vocation as a writer who, astonishingly, becomes a noted literary figure of her time.

About Marsha Fazio
Marsha S. Fazio is a Lecturer with the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and earned a Doctorate degree in Language and Literature, specializing in British Literature with a focus on linguistics from the University Statale in Milan, Italy.
After a decade-long stay in Italy and Switzerland where she taught English Literature and worked as translator, Dr. Fazio settled in Phoenix and began teaching at ASU with the English Department at the Tempe Campus. In 1992, she came to West campus where she now teaches courses that include Medieval Literature, Renaissance Drama and Renaissance Literature, Studies in Shakespeare, and Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance. Dr. Fazio’s summer breaks are spent in Europe, visiting medieval and renaissance cities and collaborating with colleagues at several Italian universities to research such topics as seventeenth century dialect writings of Southern Italy. She continues her translation endeavors, currently working on “the lost dialect poetry” of Calabria, rendering versions in standard Italian and English. She contributes to La Pagina, a European cultural review, and is preparing a monograph exploring the iconography of the “Madonna del Soccorso” in Southern Italy.

For Further Reading
Paternal Tyranny, Letizia Panizza
Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice, Elisa B. Weaver
Letters Familiar and Formal, Meredith K. Ray and Lynn Lara Westwater