Barbara Torelli Benedetti, Partenia, a Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 22

Barbara Torelli Benedetti, Partenia, a Pastoral Play. A Bilingual Edition

Edited by Lisa Sampson and Barbara Burgess-Van Aken
2013 | 359 pp. | 978-0-7727-2136-5 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$45.95 |

OVEME v22
Edited and translated by Lisa Sampson and Barbara Burgess-Van Aken

Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women's 2014 Josephine Roberts Award for Best Scholarly Edition, 2013

The Other Voice’s edition of Barbara Torelli’s pastoral drama Partenia (c. 1586) is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of early modern Italian literature and women’s writing. This is the first ever print edition of the earliest secular play by an Italian woman, acclaimed at the time of its composition—the drama theorist Angelo Ingegneri placed it on a par with Tasso’s Aminta and Guarini’s Pastor fido—but long forgotten, to the extent that it was believed lost until the early twentieth century, when the first manuscript of it surfaced in Cremona.